Steve pears, Managing Director for telent Rail, talks about telent’s future growth plans.
Last year, the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics brought about a feel- good factor throughout the UK. telent contributed significantly to this, supporting the London transportation infrastructure, enabling transport providers to meet the demands for travel throughout the summer of 2012
The uncertainty of the economy over the past few years and the impact on some of telent’s markets has led to telent making difficult changes, which ultimately have made the company much stronger and now ready for growth.
The net result of these changes is that telent is in a great position to take advantage of new opportunities in all of its markets, particularly within the rail industry. The demand for telecommunication systems and services continues to grow and telent plans to build upon its success to date and forge ahead with new growth plans for the coming year.
Steve spoke about his plans to double telent’s rail division over the next five years, including the recruitment of up to 100 skilled employees within the next twelve months. ‘All of us at telent are innovators in driving change within the industry, which makes it an interesting place to work. We are always looking for good people, because bringing new people into the business helps us to drive growth, and this is the catalyst for our recruitment drive.’
Telent is running a recruitment campaign to help meet demand for existing and new projects throughout the rail network. The campaign was officially launched at Railtex 2013.
To facilitate the growth plan telent has recently appointed two Account Managers, Keith Reddy and Ian Gale. Both have extensive Account Management experience; Keith in the Rail and Construction sectors, and Ian in the Rail and Telecommunications sectors.
Over the past few years telent has seen tremendous success with its Apprentice Programme and it continues to grow year on year. The current programme is being expanded to cover a higher level of apprenticeship, with a wider range of skills including engineering, project management, commercial awareness, finance and health and safety.
Telent also operates a Graduate Training Programme that runs over a two to three year period. The Graduate will spend six months in different business areas gaining extensive experience in working practices and standards.
The telent stand at Railtex placed a major focus on MICA, (Monitor, Inform on, Control, Anything) a management system that is used to control systems in railway stations and large control rooms.
In the run up to the Olympics telent developed the information display control aspects of MICA to enable station operators to have a greater control over status reporting and digitally displayed information.
This provided both a new way to utilise existing signs, and the ability to manage and display multiple sources of travel information, enabling customers to be kept far better informed of the immediate status of the London transport network.
Telent has also worked together with one of its major rail maintenance customers to develop MICA to assist in the maintenance of their critical lift and escalator assets to increase availability and therefore drive significant customer service improvement and reduced cost.
Remote condition monitoring
At Railtex on Wednesday 1st May telent’s Alastair Norman, Head of Asset Condition Monitoring hosted a seminar about its Remote Condition Monitoring capabilities, which have grown at a rapid pace.
The final focus of Railtex stand was reaffirming telent’s status as the UK’s leading provider of rail communications maintenance and outlining its capabilities in integrated communications, including Customer Information and Public Address Systems, CCTV, converged IP networking and Multiprotocol Label Switching networks.
Speaking further on telent’s growth plans, Steve said, ‘This is an exciting time to work within the rail industry; helping in the success of the rail sector will be a memorable part of your career and working within telent will make it even more memorable.’
Applications for employment are handled through telent’s recruitment partner TSS. Currently telent is actively recruiting two Business Development Managers. Additionally we are looking for Project Managers, System Design Engineers and Project Engineers.