Top 10 things you need to know about PTS training

Is a career on the railways right for you? At Real Skills Training, we provide individuals with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and understanding of what it’s really like, working in one of the most dangerous environments.

Personal track safety is ideal for candidates who have always dreamed about working on the railways- could you benefit from the PTS training that we provide?

Before you decide whether PTS training is right for you, there are several things that you need to know about PTS in order to prepare yourself. Here are the top 10 things that you need to know:

  • PTS is a must-have when working on or near railway infrastructure

Our training courses are designed to be educational and informative. We provide PTS training to allow candidates to gain a clear insight into what can be expected from a rewarding career.

The purpose of our training is to make individuals aware of what’s going on and to be mindful of the potential hazards that could arise.

  • Improve employability with PTS training

Whether you’re looking to develop career opportunities or to advance your career, Real Skills can help you. We offer our courses to suit the requirements of all candidates who are interested in working in a fast-paced environment that offers a challenge.

If you’re over the age of 19 and have lived in the UK for more than 3 years, PTS training is ideal and we can help you to start your new career sooner, rather than later.

  • The duration of the course is 2 days

The PTS course is spread out across 2 days to provide you with as much information as possible. To complete the course, candidates MUST attend all sessions provided.

PTS training covers an array of topics which are useful for candidates who are unaware of the potential hazards on the railway and we incorporate classroom-based training and practical training.

  • Training is offered on a flexible basis

Any PTS training that we provide at Real Skills is carried out by our in-house trainers who have developed a wealth of experience. They use appropriate training materials and provide real-life experiences to enhance learning.

The course itself is normally carried out at our training centre in Liverpool, but we can offer onsite training to companies who want to broaden the skill set of several employees. Onsite training is where our trainers bring their services to you- making it more convenient.

  • Candidates must be medically fit

The railway is one of the fastest environments to work in- hence why it’s so important that candidates are medically fit to work. No two days on the railway are ever the same and there are various challenges that can arise- candidates need to be able to respond and react in the safest way possible.

Any medical assessments, including drugs and alcohol tests, are to be carried out before attending PTS training and until then, we cannot offer you a place on our course. If you’re to apply for a place on our course, certificates of medical assessments must be provided.

  • Finding a sponsor for your PTS training will help

A sponsor can arrange PTS training for you- they take care of the cost of the training and take responsibility for you and your actions.

In addition to this, sponsorship will ensure that you have the appropriate PPE for working on the railway, allowing you to work efficiently and safely.

  • E-learning is a pre-requisite

Here at Real Skills, we offer PTS training which incorporates e-learning. The assessment must be completed online (without any assistance from trainers), in the comfort of your own home. The e-learning assessment is to be completed before attending the course as it provides you with a great introduction to what PTS is all about.

The following subjects will be covered in the PTS training- making sure that you’re ready for the practical assessment:

  • Hazards
  • Network Rail infrastructure
  • Railway terminology
  • Safe system of work
  • Personal Protective Equipment must be worn

Railway workers need to wear the right clothing when working trackside- but this shouldn’t be a problem if you have a suitable sponsor!

PPE is essential for those who work in dangerous environments and sponsors will provide candidates with Hi-Vis clothing such as jackets, tops and trousers- ensuing that they are visible when on the railway track. Candidates will need to wear safety boots or steel-toe caps, as well as a hard hat.

  • The qualification will be added to your sentinel card

A sentinel card (PTS card) needs to be carried with you at all times if you’re to work safely. Without a PTS card- you cannot work.

The purpose of the PTS card is to highlight that you’re qualified to work on the railway and have completed your PTS training.

  • Booking PTS training

If you’re to pursue a career in the rail industry, you need to complete the personal track safety course. To book your place on the PTS training course, check the availability of our courses and call us on 0151 257 6969 today.

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