Reasons to book PTS Training in 2021

Stuck in a job that just isn’t you? Always fancied working on the railway? Well, what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to start looking for railway training courses and, if you’re lucky, you might be able to secure a place for January 2021 with Real Skills!

There’s no denying that a career in the rail industry can be extremely rewarding – both financially and in terms of job satisfaction. But it’s also one of the most dangerous environments to work – with the risk of being hit by a train, electrocution from overhead power lines and trips and falls. That’s why anyone thinking about pursuing a career, either on the railway itself, trackside or on the platform, must complete entry-level Personal Track Safety training.

What is Personal Track Safety Training?

Personal Track Safety training, also known as PTS training, is the qualification that every worker needs before they can work on – or even close to – the railway line owned by Network Rail.

PTS training aims to make candidates aware of their surroundings at all times when on the railway to ensure they stay safe and understand the systems that protect them.

So, what’s included?

PTS is a one-day course intended for candidates who are keen to start work on or near the railway infrastructure. Although it’s only a short course, it’s educational and we cover the following:

  • Introduction to working on the track
  • Accessing and exiting the track safely
  • Working safely
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Emergency procedures
  • A safe system of work
  • AC electric equipment
  • DCCR electrification equipment

You can expect to learn everything from how to inspect electrified lines to what you need to do to safely avoid an incoming train at full speed. The skills you gain from PTS training will ensure your safety on the track, as well as others.

Why should you book PTS Training?

A key reason why we recommend applying for PTS training in 2021 is that you’re going to need a PTS Sentinel card. Without one of these, you won’t be able to work as it needs to be scanned when you arrive on-site. And the only way to get a PTS card and start work on the rail system is to complete the entry-level training.

Once you have completed the PTS training and the certification has been added to your PTS card, you’re good to start work. When you first start, you will be given a blue hard hat which indicates you’re inexperienced. It is then up to your supervisor to decide when you can swap to a white hat which shows you have some experience. This can take approximately 6 months.

What’s more, PTS training is just the starting point. Once you’ve got this qualification under your belt, you can take further qualifications, including different specialisms, to develop your skillset and increase your earning potential.

Book PTS Training with Real Skills today!

If you’re serious about working for the rail industry, looking for PTS training should be your top priority – after you’ve found sponsorship.

To apply for a place on our course, you must have a sponsor. A sponsor is usually a rail employer that will enrol you on training courses and incur all costs. Once you’ve completed the course, they will then provide you with work, appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment), keep you in the loop about any updates and also make sure your qualifications are in date. That means you needn’t worry about pencilling PTS recertification on your calendar as your sponsor will remind you nearer the time.

Prices start from just £97.50 per candidate and we can offer in-house training at our Liverpool facility or, if you prefer, we can bring our training resources to you and deliver on-site training. We recommend this option especially for employers wanting to put a number of employees forward for training at one time.

If you have any questions about PTS training, please feel free to call 0151 257 6969. Otherwise, click through to see our course availability. We must warn you though, places are filling up fast and we’d hate for you to miss out, so don’t delay if you’re interested!

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