Accredited/Recognised by: The Institution of Railway Operators

Funding:

Introduction to Rail is not eligible for Apprentice levy funding.

Who is it for:

An ideal introduction for those who are new to the industry, or more experienced members from support functions within rail organisations. The course can be carried out online or via a one-day face-to-face training session.

Delivery:

Online and Offline.

Requirements for Study:

No specific requirements but must be an IRO member to purchase the course.

For more information or to register your interest, email Danny Stafford at learnserve@railwayoperators.co.uk or call 03333 440523

How does it work?

Online: This interactive course will give valuable insight and background into the organisation, methodologies and key technical aspects that surround the development and operation of UK railways to the present day. With a mixture of short video lecture sections, accompanying text and short assessment quizzes, the online course is designed to offer absolute beginners a valuable insight and background into the organisation, methodologies and key technical aspects that surround the development and operation of UK railways to the present day. This course has also been well received by those with more rail experience from support functions within rail organisations who rarely get the chance to pick up such knowledge in their day to day work. Access to this learning is only available to IRO members.

Classroom based learning: Depending on the preferred learning style, learners can study online or attend a one-day training session through face-to-face learning. Regularly delivered at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), the taught version of this course is led by capable and knowledgeable facilitators. The content of this course also mirrors the content of the online version featured on the reverse side. Throughout the day learners will gain a comprehensive picture of the rail environment and enjoy highly participative sessions where they are guided through interactive exercises. There are also regular opportunities for the learners to ask questions to affirm their understanding of the topics being covered.

Course contents include:

  • First Principles
  • Signalling and Train Control
  • Rail Freight
  • Railway Track
  • Development of the Railways
  • Organisation of the Rail Industry
  • Trains
  • The Railway and the Passenger
  • Planning and Delivery

Full details can be found in our 2021 IRO Course Brochure:

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