Training centres to remain open

Nov. 6, 2020

Delivery of training will continue in order to maintain a competent workforce.


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Today marks the start of England’s second lockdown and, as COVID restrictions continue across Scotland and Wales, maintaining a skilled and competent workforce is a key priority. Network Rail has introduced a number of COVID-secure measures at training centres and depots to keep colleagues safe and ensure training centres can remain open to deliver face-to-face training.

Safety measures include reducing delegate numbers so that social distancing can be maintained, carrying out temperature checks on arrival and the increased deep cleaning of high traffic areas such as door handles. Network Rail Training has created a short video outlining all the measures now in place to safeguard learners and centre colleagues. These measures enable courses to continue as planned and allow colleagues to gain and maintain the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out essential works on the railway. 

In Scotland, it is now mandatory to wear a face covering in canteens, unless seated, as well as in social and communal areas. For England during lockdown (5 November to 2 December) and Wales it is best practice but not mandatory to wear a face covering in these settings. Further information for Network Rail colleagues can be found in the recently updated coronavirus FAQ​. ​

If, for any reason, a course is cancelled, delegates and line managers will be contacted directly. If training involves an overnight stay, as key workers Network Rail colleagues can continue to travel and book hotel rooms via the Capita booking system.

Whilst training centres will continue to operate, colleague wellbeing remains a key priority. Any concerns should be raised with line managers in the first instance where alternative options can be discussed.