OLEC selects Carillion to provide electrification training
Carillion has opened a new electrification training centre to develop skills and capability for Network Rail’s £2bn electrification expansion programme.
The OHL training span is based at Carillion’s projects and training yard in Crewe to provide both practical and theory learning. The centre was selected by the Overhead Line Equipment Competency (OLEC) to pilot the first course of its type.
Les Roberts, Carillion Rail Training (CRT) Operations Manager, said: “We were delighted to be selected by the OLEC committee to pilot the first course like this in the industry. This new suite of training will complement our existing catalogue of track engineering, safety critical, signaling, Plant and welding.”
Mark Davies, MD for Carillion Rail, said: “Indoor facilities with year round training capabilities just aren’t readily available, but with a clear need across the sector for more skilled linesman it made complete sense for us to construct the training span. It means we can now provide a trained, competent and safe workforce for our electrification and OHL contracts – and we can do the same for those organizations that use our training services here.”
Andrew Bold, training delivery specialist (E&P) Network Rail, attended an initial OLEC 3 Familiarisation event in Crewe, and said: “I found it particularly interesting to observe the trainers practicing the delivery of the practical elements of the course and it was apparent that Carillion has invested significantly in the facilities – demonstrating a commitment to raising the level of competence in OHL infrastructure.”
NSARE also welcomed the new training facilities to support the forthcoming programme of electrification.
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