If you are a construction or maintenance worker planning on pursuing work with National Rail or any other firm that works on, or alongside, railway tracks, it’s vital that you apply to take your PTS Card Course as soon as you are able to get a sponsor. PTS Cards – or Personal Track Safety Cards – are a vital part of working with railways, and the sooner you get one, the sooner exciting and fulfilling new employment opportunities will open up before you. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should apply for your PTS Card Course straight away.
Firms that work with or by any stretch or line managed by Network Rail must have PTS Cards for every one of their employees and contractors. It’s a good idea to keep evidence of completing a PTS Card Course with you at all times when at work. If you do not have a card of your own and you’re found to be undertaking work on or beside a railway, both you and your employer will be liable. Protect yourself and your boss by applying now.
It Represents Something Vitally Important
PTS Cards are handed out to individuals who pass their two day Personal Track Safety course. This course informs you of all the vital safety processes and information you require to ensure you are not harmed at work. Health and safety may seem like a dry subject, but for individuals working alongside live electric cables and high speed trains, the more information and understanding you can glean, the better.
It’s a Valuable Qualification
While you need to be sponsored by the firm or organisation for which you will be working in order to apply for your PTS Card Course, as soon as you have completed it, you’ll have a hugely important update for your CV. You’ll also have developed valuable transferable skills that you will be able to apply to future work and will stand you in good stead for professional development, further training and qualifications, and significant career progression.
You Might Not Even Have to Pay For It
Your firm may foot the bill for any of its employees personal track safety cards. Or, if you are eligible, you may even be able to take a fully government funded PTS Card Course – meaning there is no cost to your boss either. To apply for this option, you must be between 19 and 23 years of age or over 18 and unemployed. Find out more here.
If you’re interested in applying for a PTS Card Course, simply contact Real Skills Training today. We’re experts in training and assessments for specialist personnel working on the UK railways. If you have any questions at all, all you need to do is call us on 0151 257 6969 or fill out our handy contact form, and our team will provide you with all the help you need. Real Skills Training’s offices are open between 8am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.