FirstClass Skills Training for NCATI

FirstClass Skills Training for National College of Advanced Transport and Infrastructure (NCATI)

The National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure (NCATI), has partnered with Depot Safety specialist FirstClass Safety & Control (FCSC) to provide training and demonstration equipment for Depot Protection and Depot Control systems.

The first innovative training session was presented at NCATI’s Birmingham campus in November 2019, and this was followed by a training session at the Doncaster campus in March 2020. The innovative training project saw the students work alongside FirstClass Safety & Control Director, Mark Meyrick, to develop an understanding of Depot Protection and Control Systems, particularly in relation to the planned depots proposed as part of the HS2 project.

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Mark Meyrick of FirstClass Safety Giving a Lecture to Students at NCATI Birmingham

The programme specifically addressed how the depot’s future staff and assets would be protected by the implementation of an integrated Depot Protection and Control system. Trainees and lecturers alike have benefitted from the specialist knowledge and experience FCSC provided in the sessions.

The programme will continue with the planned installation of some demonstration equipment at both campuses. FCSC will be donating a working Depot Protection system demonstrator including functional derailers for both Birmingham and Doncaster and provide full operator training and future support completely free of charge.

National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure lecturer in Command, Control and Communications, Nick Rodney, said:

“The National College is delighted to be part of this collaborative project, which will support the development of training programmes for future designers and depot staff using the latest control system technologies.”

The FirstClass Safety & Control Depot Protection Demonstration Kit
FirstClass Safety & Control Founder and Director, Mark Meyrick, said:

“Through the use of modern control technology, these training sessions and demonstration equipment are set to improve the trainee’s knowledge and experience of future depot design and operation, and we’re excited to be part of the journey.”


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