Achievements to be highlighted

  • Founding of regional networks of training centres in Europe, Asia, Middle East
  • UIC World Congresses on Rail Training
  • Hundreds of railway employees, students at rail universities and other stakeholders completed UIC training sessions either at UIC HQ, at regional level or online (RAM and ERTMS training modules).

General context of the business activity

Railway companies are facing challenges relating to personnel competencies and skills, prompting them to rethink their learning and development strategies. A flexible, well trained, motivated workforce is key for a competitive and innovative sector.

Reference to how the business is organised

The core missions of the UIC Talent & Expertise Development Platform, currently chaired by Esther Marconi (Ferrovie dello Stato), are to:

  • promote excellence in training through an exchange and best practice model
  • identify new challenges and solutions for learning and development and training technologies
  • participate in talent attraction and retention initiatives
  • share knowledge and resources

The aim of the platform is to put in place a new, continuously evolving learning environment that is flexible, self-paced, collaborative - benefitting from the collective intelligence of the community - and recognised, providing credentials (open badges) to enrich participants’ professional profiles.

An open meeting for members takes place twice a year to determine the activities of the platform, and is held at a different training facility on each occasion. The platform consists of a core group to provide strategic direction, as well as various working groups dealing with topical issues.
In 2019-2020, these are:

  • “TrainRail” (an activity from Talent project): a new board for rail universities and training centres
  • “ERTMS basic training” project: a group working on the development of an ERTMS basic training on line
  • “Future of work and training” project: a group looking at the future technological trends on four selected sectors of railway activities
  • Traffic control, infrastructure, maintenance, driving, train management and their impact on jobs/tasks and training now, in 5 years, in 10 years

The platform organises numerous dedicated events, workshops and training sessions. A conference focusing on talent attraction was recently held in Latvia, and a course on design thinking as a tool for innovation has been proposed to the network in Berlin. A number of online modules have already been designed and are now available on the Talent website:

  • RAM (Railway Asset Management), designed in cooperation with Sapienza University and Oxand
  • ERTMS, developed in collaboration with members of the EU Network of Rail Training Centres

Strategic objectives

  • Organising events and training sessions
  • Participating in major industry and research events and encouraging participants and institutions to join the Railway Talent project
  • Seeking out new partnerships
  • Updating and enhancing the Talent digital platform
  • Extending activities to involve a broader spectrum of stakeholders

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