General context of the business activity

Railway companies are continually confronted with important challenges (e.g. market chan­ges, technological innovations, legal issues, ageing workforce, etc.) that can also affect the competencies and skills of railway personnel, forcing them to rethink their learning & development strategy.

Human Resources directors and training providers have the arduous task of providing services that enable railway companies to keep up-to-date with these challenges by meeting the current and future training needs of all railway employees, thus making the railways a more competitive and innovative sector to attract young people.

The core objective of the Expertise Development Platform, coordinated by the UIC Expertise Development Unit, is to enhance the effective operation of the different regional railway training markets, therefore enhancing workforce development through sharing best practice in rail training across the entire industry.

The Expertise Development Unit also participates in developing the skills of railway employees in the shape of international/regional training sessions.

Achievements to be highlighted

  • Founding of regional networks of training centres in Europe, Asia, Middle East
  • UIC World Congresses on Rail Training
  • Hundreds of rail employees, students in rail universities and other stakeholders (UNIFE members...) have gone through UIC training sessions. The training sessions are either organised at UIC HQ (international) or at regional level.

Reference to how the business is organised

The work is governed by the Expertise Development Platform, an open meeting for members which takes place twice a year, each time in a different training facility. There is also a Core Group to provide strategic direction, and working groups on topical issues (in 2015-2016 these are: rail trainers’ development, simulation training, ERTMS/ETCS training).

On a local level, regional networks of training have been set up in Europe, Asia and Middle East.

Several events, training sessions, meetings and gatherings are regularly organised at UIC HQ or at a regional level to drive the community of stakeholders, made of rail employees, students in rail universities, UNIFE members, etc.

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