Any responsible, mindful company in the recruitment and contingent labour market has the same primary objective. “Safety is paramount to me,” said Gary Hardaker, executive director at Vital Human Resources. Based in Manchester, Vital Rail has been part of the...

Getting the best from your team

To quote John F Kennedy: “We stand today on the edge of a new frontier - a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils - a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats.” That might seem a little dramatic for your average...

New year vision

2018 will be a year of transition. As CP5 draws to a close, the industry is readying itself for the future and the challenges it may bring. Markets are changing - driven by mergers, skills shortages and succession planning...
Confidential reporting and analysis was adopted by the mainline railway companies shortly after the catastrophic rail incident that was Ladbroke Grove in 1999 to help address an identified shortfall in safety culture. There’s an important distinction to be made between...

Heathrow Express flying high

Heathrow Express comes into its 20th year off the back of a strong 2017. Record passenger numbers and increasing customer satisfaction would suggest that the airport’s foray into railway operations has been a successful one. For staff at Heathrow Express...
You can’t effect change if you’re not part of the discussion. That is the belief of one of the country’s leading civil engineering and construction groups as it looks to forge new links with its industry partners. Costain is now formally a member...
The office of Matthew Leavis, Morson Vital Training’s head of training, sits in the lower floors of Morson Group’s branch office on Ordsall Lane, just a couple of miles from their headquarters in Salford, Manchester. An old mill building that...
A Q&A with Jason Tetley, chief executive of the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) So, Jason what is your role within the charity. What is a typical day like for you? I have the privilege of being the chief executive of the...
Passengers boarding a Heathrow Express train this New Year will have had a better chance than most of seeing a female driver behind the controls. Around 45 per cent of its drivers are women compared to the UK industry...
The general manager of training provider Scot-Train, Sandy Murray, says one of his company’s focuses is on flexible workforce development - finding where rail industry skills overlap with other industries and how skills from other sectors can find a...
The railways were considered a sunset industry by the late 20th century due to the rapid development of the automobile and airplane. How things have changed: The great success of the Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen line, as well as the development...
It’s the small details that matter, says Amtrain’s Sheila McKenna. Having someone on the front desk to greet new learners may not seem so fundamental but it can make a big difference. This has been the training provider’s ethos...
The majority of people in the UK will benefit from at least one Amey service every day, says the company’s business director for the North, Richard Walker. Richard was astonished by that fact when he joined the company a few months...

Best of British

Last month, 18 companies from the UK rail sector joined a UKTI Yorkshire and the Humber-led trade mission to Germany. The aim was clear: to establish productive links between UK rail sector companies and Deutsche Bahn (DB), its subsidiaries, and...
Is there a secret to creating an effective, impactful health and safety campaign? More often than not, such posters and videos use shock tactics to make their point, but a new campaign by Stobart Rail is using a softer...
‘It makes me smile actually,’ says Mark Bullock, managing director of Balfour Beatty Rail. He’s referring to rumours that Balfour Beatty, one of Britain’s largest and longest-standing construction and engineering firms, is pulling out of rail. It’s a rumour which...

Lost in transition

Getting the job can sometimes be the easy part. It’s settling in that can often be tricky. Simple things like getting your uniform and introductory training can be long, drawn-out processes. In many cases, stretched HR teams simply don’t...

A running start

Last year was a rollercoaster year for the rail industry. Mired by the pausing of several modernisation projects, there was an air of uncertainty surrounding Network Rail’s capability to carry out all promised works in CP5. On the upside, we witnessed...
Some of the first to use NTAR’s modern facilities will be a group of 12 trainees from Baltic Training Services (BTS). The trainee programme is the fourth to be run by BTS this academic year. It aims to remove the...

Training for today and tomorrow

Story’s Tom Wall talks about how a new purpose-built training facility is driving up standards within the company and the industry. Training is a vital component of any company - whatever the size. It also represents a cost and one...
With over 91 million work days lost every year to poor mental health in the UK, it comes as little surprise that business leaders across the country are asking the same question: What can we do about this? There are...
This summer, Dave Sheldon, 48, has been working out on track and is looking forward to taking up a full-time job with First Structure. For the last four months the one-time armed robber has gone through PTS, railway induction and various...

Planning for the future

Advances in BIM and digital engineering are doing wonders for construction works in the railway industry. By ironing out the creases in a digital environment, project teams are able to avoid expensive and time consuming delays in the field. The technology can be applied in...
Rail recruitment specialists, advance Training & Recruitment Services, has successfully achieved ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 certification - a major milestone for the consultancy, Carl Taylor reports. Almost a year’s worth of hard work has been put into the development...

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work