Robert.Jervis_43227 Jun 17

Victa – making rail freight a viable logistical solution

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New training courses launched

Victa Railfreight, the well-established award-winning provider of rail-based training courses, is launching a new programme to coincide with Multimodal 2019.

Victa’s Railfreight Development Courses will take delegates through the principles of transporting freight by rail in the UK, moving into operations, regulatory and infrastructure matters and logistics.

The courses will include visits to ports, yards and terminals to help delegates understand the potential for rail freight within the current transport infrastructure set-up, providing the knowledge that will allow decision makers to make informed choices regarding the movement of bulk freight.

The courses are four, day-long sessions over 13 weeks, which can be bespoke for a specific organisation or open courses for anyone interested in the development and growth of rail freight in the UK.

Neil Sime, Managing Director of Victa Railfreight said:

“We have long believed that one of the key barriers to the development of rail freight as a viable logistical solution is a lack of knowledge of the sector’s potential.

“Our Railfreight Development Courses have been designed to correct that situation.”

In addition to these courses Victa offers a range of operational support services, including training and assessment, management services and advice.

Victa’s track record of developing courses that are of benefit to current or potential rail freight users is impressive.

Hundreds of delegates from companies all over the country have, for example, made good use of Victa’s bespoke Rail Safety Awareness (RSA) courses making the railway and its environs safer and more efficient.

RSA course customers include Liverpool Peel Ports, Aggregate Industries, Associated British Ports, Tarmac Cement, VTG, Cemex, UKRL and the Port of Tilbury.

Simon Blake of Aggregate Industries said of the RSA programme:

“Not only is the course content excellent, but we appear to have cracked the challenge of making it sustainable by acting collaboratively.”

Chris Swan, Tarmac’s Head of Rail added:

“These courses really help us enhance the safety of our rail operation as they are tailor made for businesses, locations and activity in the construction industry. The feedback from the Tarmac teams have been how much they have helped with understanding & knowledge in this area.”

In addition to Victa’s RSA courses, several additional programmes covering subjects such as “A Beginner’s Overview of Rail Freight”, “Effective Communications” and the “Role of the Designated Person” have been developed to meet specific customer requirements, always made relevant to the tasks the candidates undertake.

Neil Sime said:

“We are developing people that work or intend to work on the freight railway.

“It is vital that the training we deliver is relevant to the workplace of the participants and not a one size fits all, off the shelf package.”