Get Qualified on the Railway in 2020 with Real Skills

Why not take the opportunity to start a brand new career as the decade begins? Real Skills can help those interested in employment on the railways to acquire the qualifications they need to get started or progress in a role working on or near railway tracks.

Whether you’re planning on short-term employment of this kind, or you’re ready to start a life-long journey, we can ensure that you are properly prepared for your future employment.

Read on for ways in which we can assist you.

1. New beginnings

Before you start your railway-related career, you’ll need to gain one vital basic qualification. Network Rail requires everyone working on or near their railways to achieve a Personal Track Safety PTS) certificate before they can begin.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored (this can be done by a company hoping to employ you once you’ve got the qualification). You’ll also need to complete a medical and drug/alcohol test to check that you’re physically suitable for a rail-based position.

Finally, you’re required to have GCSE English and Maths to a C grade or above. Once these prerequisites have been met, you can sign up for the course.

A RealSkills PTS course takes one day. The purpose of the course is to ensure that you are able to properly follow relevant instructions when working in close proximity to railway lines. You’ll learn how to follow a Safe System of Work and to correctly follow Health and Safety regulations.

You’ll need to renew your PTS certificate every 2 years.

2. Further training and specialising

Depending on your role, you may be required to undertake additional training. RealSkills offers a variety of courses to help railway workers develop specialisms in a wide spectrum of disciplines.

These include Lookout training, instruction in the use of small plant tools, courses in working on overhead lines or with DCCR lines, Controller of Site Safety qualifications, hand signalman and points operator training and instruction on working alone.

Even if you don’t require these additional qualifications in order to do your current job, the skills you’ll gain will be transferable and may help you to be promoted to a more specialised position.

3. Moving forward

Whether or not you choose to remain in employment on the railways for the rest of your career, qualifications of this kind can be exceptionally valuable.

Your experience will help to prove that you have a thorough understanding of health and safety, that you are capable of working in a team and that you have no problem following complex instructions and undertaking high-risk tasks.

Railway training will make you exceptionally employable, no matter what the future brings.

For further information about the courses and services available from Real Skills – including government-funded training – contact us today on 0151 257 6969 or by emailing info@real-skills.co.uk.

Our knowledgeable team will be very happy to provide you with all the information and assistance you may need.

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