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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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Andrew Williams   09/06/2013 at 00:26

This is an excellent opportunity and a chance for PTS laborers doing shift work to progress within the industry quicker and for young people who arnt able to get Uni places to have qualifications in no time at all this is exactly opportunity I need as apprenticeships with Network Rail are scarce and not offered to people up North, would love to know more about it and wonder if people from North East England with PTS/CSCS track inducted who also has NVQ level 2 in electrical instillation and performing engineering within the build trade would be offered something like this. I look forward to any other information about Carrillion and any other OLE courses. Excellent for future engineers especially in our rapid changing times both technically and socially engineering in our future.

Jaspal Singh   28/01/2016 at 14:58

I have done my olec1,2 last year with akona rail. Got my certificates, but I need to be mentoring on site, or get further training to gain enough experience to get my foot through the door. I was wondering if you can help me in gaining that help. Thank you. Jaspal singh.

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