Rail Training Package Update
Rail Training Package Update
During 2014 there been a considerable amount of work undertaken to prepare for the transition to the standards for Training Packages. In the TLI10 Training Package there are 25 qualifications, 53 skill sets and 236 unit of competency specific to Rail. Industry stakeholders have shown a high level of interest and engagement in the Rail transition projects, which will ensure all components are fit for purpose.
The following Steering Committee meetings will be held in early 2015 to continue the transition and review projects:
- Rail Infrastructure 12 February 2015
- Track Protection 13 February 2015
- Train Driving 19 February 2015
- Rail Control 4 March 2015
- Rail Operations 17 March 2015
With so much activity occurring, there has been a lot of discussion with Rail stakeholders about the issues for consideration. For those in the Rail industry, it won’t be a surprise to hear that one of the most common issues I’ve been discussing with stakeholders is terminology. Those in the Rail sector love to use acronyms and jargon to the point where outsiders could be excused for thinking we’re talking a different language.
Terms like ‘RIM’, ‘RSW’ and ‘RTO’ might be understood by most rail workers as a ‘rail infrastructure manager’, a ‘rail safety worker’ or a ‘rail transport operator’, but to others, they could mean something entirely different. Then there are ‘TIMS’, which can refer to ‘Train Information Management System’, ‘Track Information Management System’ and ‘Timetable Information Management System’ depending on where you are working.
I found myself caught out by the terminology issue recently during a discussion with a Rail stakeholder about an RTO. It took me a few minutes to realise we weren’t talking about a Registered Training Organisation, but instead, a Rail Transport Operator. It was another reminder of the importance of being clear with the intended meaning of terminology.
As we work through the transition process, it is critical to ensure that the true meaning of the terms used to describe processes, systems and roles are clear to all users of the Training Package. Referencing Rail Safety and WHS/OHS legislative frameworks, and industry standards, will go a long way towards providing a guide to clear common terms.
But now I have another problem. What are we going to do about ‘detonators’?
If you have any questions or inquiries about the Standards for Training Packages, or would like to be involved in the rail consultation process, please contact Ron Horne: email@example.com. You can also follow rail projects on the TLISC website.
To keep up-to-date with changes to rail sector qualifications, Skill Sets and units of competency, please make sure you have completed the ‘Register Your Interest’ at the bottom of the Rail Training Package webpage.
Finally, a big thank you to our rail stakeholders who have contributed immensely to the ongoing development of rail training products throughout 2014. I wish you and yours a safe and happy break and look forward to stepping back on board in 2015.