This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine, Issue 2 2023.
After almost a decade of providing bespoke operational training materials to the rail industry, AARC Professional Services has expanded into training delivery.
AARC Professional Services (AARCPS), led by industry stalwart Steve Derrick, has been offering a wide range of support and advisory services covering rail operations, projects and engineering, safety and assurance, and rail training since 2014.
Drawing from over five decades of industry experience, Derrick and his team of like-minded rail professionals have a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of key elements of the rail industry, including its training and development requirements.
The consultancy has developed bespoke training materials for its clients for many years, but its journey to operational training delivery started in 2021, when it was engaged to support the development of electrical control operator learning on behalf of Network Rail.
At the same time, the UK’s main infrastructure manager also asked AARCPS to produce bespoke signaller training modules for Scotland’s RETB and STB signalling systems, while Amey Infrastructure Wales (AIW) approached the organisation about delivering depot controller training.
AIW had worked closely with AARCPS for some time, which was why Head of CVL Operations, Colin Hughes, thought Derrick and the team were perfect for the job.
Starting from scratch, AARCPS undertook a full risk-based training needs analysis to break down the overarching elements of each course into a set of trainable and assessable tasks, using national operating procedures as guidance and taking AIW’s specific needs into consideration.
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