A pioneering project to enhance driver training standards across light rail has taken a major step forward with the launch of a sector-wide consultation.
Earlier in the year, UKTram started working with colleagues from across the sector to develop a new set of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for tram driver trainers and is now asking for feedback on its draft proposals.
Steve Duckering, the organisation’s Operations Manager, explained: “Over recent months we’ve conducted a comprehensive analysis of the main functions of the role of a tram driver trainer, identifying which standards need to be written to ensure that the key tasks are covered.
“This work has resulted in the development of a new ‘map’ that charts these responsibilities, together with a document setting out 16 draft standards.
“Now we are looking for feedback on both the map and the standards by asking colleagues from across the sector to take part in a simple, online survey.”
The Tram Driver Trainer NOS is part of a wider joint project by UKTram and the Light Rail Safety and Standards Board that aims to set out the skills, knowledge and understanding required to undertake a particular task or job role to a nationally recognised level of competence.
Available to all organisations in the sector free of charge, as well as establishing best practice, they can be used as a resource in a wide range of HR functions, including training, developing apprenticeship programmes, benchmarking and recruitment.
“NOS will help to formalise training requirements for employers and employees across the UK, and it’s important that colleagues have their say in helping to shape them,” Steve added.
The new Functional Map for the Tram Driver Trainer NOS can be found here and links to the draft standards can be found below.
Once reviewed, interested parties can take part in the survey, which runs until 29th October, here.
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