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National Train Driver Academy to launch in April

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that the Train Driver Academy is set to launch in April, 2018.

The academy will pool together existing industry training resources and promote best practice and innovation in training techniques, according to the DfT, to improve training and recruitment.

Media reports circulated in September that Britain’s first college for train drivers was set to be launched at the Conservative Party conference. Nevertheless no major announcement has followed, until now.

As part of its “Connecting people: a strategic vision for rail” publication, DfT said: “We want to see modern training techniques much more widely available – enabling experienced train drivers to gain broader route knowledge through state of the art simulators, for example.

“Drivers represent one of the key resources for rail, and the industry, through the [Rail Delivery Group], is supporting their training through the establishment of the National Train Driver Academy.”

The Train Driver Academy will also be developing new apprenticeship standards for the train driver profession and working to increase the supply and diversity of qualified entrants to the workforce.

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