When I Grow Up... Ava's Rail Adventure

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James Kenealey

by James Kenealey on

This is Ava. Ava is eight, and looking to start her career in the railway, so she joined the UK's leading rail training provider, Morson Vital Training, to find out more. 

She headed to see Matthew Leavis, head of UK training for Morson Group, to find out just what she would need to do to join the railway - and find out when she could start...
 
 

 

"What do I need to work on the railway?"

Initially, to work on the railway you need to find an employer - somebody like Morson Group would be a great opportunity. From there, you'll go through a series of screenings, so you'll have a medical, they'll check your eyesight, they'll check your ears and make sure everything is OK. You'll also go for a breath test which makes sure you haven't drunk any alcohol, because you can't drink and go to work. Then, you need to go on some training courses to make sure you're safe all the time."

 

"What jobs could I do on the railway?"

There's so many different things you could do, there's a huge list. Anything from track operative, where you'd be our there with the machines every day making sure the trains are running on time and doing everything they need to do. There's also back office, doing planning, finance, legal, HR, technology - there's also train driving. Everything in the railway is the same as any other business. 

 

"Would I get to play games if I worked on the railway?"

Funnily enough, we do use a lot of technology, so we use a lot of tablets, smart technology, smartphones - and believe it or not they've now started using drones to start checking to see if everything's safe and if the trains are running correctly. So yes, if you joined the railway, you could play games! 

 

"What age would I have to be to join the railway?"

There are lots of different roles but normally you have to work nights and weekends. You can join from 16 years old but some of the responsibilities you have you wouldn't be able to do until you were 18. 
 

Cx Jobs

Finishing Operative

Looking for 4 finishing operatives able to install: * plasterboard, * a wraptite membrane * and a sealant strip to the inside of a commercial building in SW London

SPC - Site Person in Charge - Rail Construction

Working on a project to replace sidings and increase the number of roads, a civils gang to support the site manager and construction team to ensure that the daily operation and safety of the site is kept correct and in line with the safe systems of work. At times there will be a requirement to assist the track gang in the planned works on site. The majority of these works is planned for Monday to Friday 07:30 to 15:30Essential* Hold ICI-LU Licence* Hold LU Basic Track Awareness(BTA)* Hold Site Person In Charge (SPC)Desirab;e* Previous Experience in construction projects and the construction environment* Previous Experience in working with machinery and on track vehicles* All trained/Competent in Cat Scanning RD 8000* All trained/Competent in Banksman/Slinging* All trained/Competent in working from height* All trained/Competent in Disc Saw & Concrete Saw cutting* All trained/Competent in Belle Mixers/ Concrete Mixing* All Hand Arm Vibration trained* At least 1 No. First Aider* All fully face fitted staff

Rail Construction

Working on a project to replace sidings and increase the number of roads, a civils gang to support the site manager and construction team to ensure that the daily operation and safety of the site is kept correct and in line with the safe systems of work. At times there will be a requirement to assist the track gang in the planned works on site. The majority of these works is planned for Monday to Friday 07:30 to 15:30Essential* All to Hold ICI-LU Licence* All to Hold LU Basic Track Awareness* Previous Experience in construction projects and the construction environmentDesirable* Previous Experience in working with machinery and on track vehicles* At least 1No. Forklift Operator trained/competent staff* All trained/Competent in Cat Scanning RD 8000* All trained/Competent in Banksman/Slinging* All trained/Competent in working from height* All trained/Competent in Disc Saw & Concrete Saw cutting* All trained/Competent in Belle Mixers/ Concrete Mixing* All Hand Arm Vibration trained* At least 1 No. First Aider* All fully face fitted staff

Storeperson (Rail) - Feltham

Vital are recruiting for a Storeperson - RailLocation: FelthamStart Date: ASAPDuration: 4 months plus min 40 hours a weekRate: £17+ Essential skills and competencies:PTS (ideally)Forklift with counterbalancePrevious stores experience in a rail environmentIdeally signalling based storesMust be within 30 miles of Feltham, London If you think you may be suitable for this role, please email your CV to steve . bradley @vital .uk .com

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