Centralised learning platform set to provide revolution in light rail training

The management of training and development on UK tramways is set to be transformed with the launch of an ambitious sector-wide initiative. The Light Rail Safety and Standards Board are leading the project which is aiming to revolutionise learning across the sector and includes the development of an online resource that networks can use to plan and maintain their own training programmes.

The new centralised learning platform will monitor employee competencies, keep track of required certifications, and help identify the most appropriate training courses. It will also provide a hub for best practice, delivering consistency across the sector while driving even higher standards in all aspects of light rail training.

Carl Williams, LRSSB Chief Executive, commented: “By listening to colleagues and key stakeholders, we’ve identified a clear need for a comprehensive Learning Management System that embraces the current and future needs of UK tramways. As a vital next step, we’re currently planning a series of workshops to ensure the support of HR and training professionals from across the sector.”

The project has the backing of the Office of Road and Rail and it is being managed at the LRSSB by Marlene Pearson, Edinburgh Trams’ Training Manager. Marlene has previously successfully delivered a similar system at network level and is now working alongside the LRSSB to help develop a scaled-up platform for the entire sector during a part-time secondment to the organisation.

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