OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORCES ENGINEERS
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORCES ENGINEERS TO RETRAIN AND RESETTLE AS RAIL ENGINEERS
Forces engineers looking to resettle into civilian life are being offered new opportunities to establish rewarding and secure careers as railway engineers.
Catalis Ltd, a company with 70 years experience delivering training excellence, has launched a new one-week Train into Rail course aimed specifically at engineers leaving the Army, RAF or the Royal Navy.
The right first time ethos of service personnel who have been responsible for maintaining vital equipment to battle-ready standards is well sought after by rail companies.
The disciplined and rigorous approach which engineers with a military background bring to railway engineering is just what is required in an industry where the safety of the public is paramount.
The course is a complete resettlement package as on completion, the attendees will benefit from leading rail and engineering recruitment consultants, ATA Rail to provide the engineers with access to some of the best jobs in the market.
Each individual engineer will be appointed to a consultant, who will draw on ATA Rails established relationships with train operating companies, freight operating companies and train manufacturers.
They will carefully assess an engineers skills, career aspirations and flexibility before recommending them to clients for interview. Great care will be taken to match individuals with placements most likely to lead to long-term success.
The week-long training course, which is held at the Derby Conference Centre, will lead to engineers getting the certification in IOSH Working Safely, which is essential in all depot environments. There will be visits to Depots so engineers can be trained in a real environment.
The course is ideally suited to engineers who have reached the equivalent of NVQ Level 3 in electrical or mechanical engineering, or who have been apprentice-trained. Typical backgrounds would be ground support engineers or aircraft engineers in the RAF Army REME engineers who have worked on tracked vehicles or ground plant and equipment, submariners in the Royal Navy or engineers from the Fleet Air Arm. They will all be screened before being offered a place on the course.
Alex Oram, Sales Manager for Catalis and an ex-serviceman himself, said: Train into Rail is a very positive initiative. I think the former Armed Forces engineers we will put in place will be the people who are future managers within the industry.
The skills they bring are fantastic. Their experience of working in a pressurised, safety-critical environment is second to none, as is their general bearing, desire to succeed and ability to work as part of a team.
Rail is a growth area. While all businesses are suffering in the current economic climate, rail is one area which is still attracting heavy investment.
This year saw the largest ever contract for new locomotives being awarded at 7.5 billion, and these are very exciting times to be coming into the rail industry.
Chris OConnor, Rail Manager for ATA Rail, said: The Forces have always been a good source of capable engineers who have the right work ethic and who are well-trained.
They are used to working in a pressurised environment where, if they get it wrong lives are at risk and it is similar on the railways. They are conscientious and strive for top quality in their work.
Engineers coming out of the Armed Forces are highly skilled, highly trained and dedicated. What value do you put on employees who will give you absolute commitment and loyalty? That is what they will do.
There has been a lot of interest already from rail companies about this course. It is a win-win scenario.
ATA Rail is highly experienced in the industry and has already placed 150 service leavers in rail maintenance positions.