SWGR was delighted to be involved in the development of the north-east’s first ever rail academy.
Newcastle College opened a £5m purpose-built facility in Gateshead in March 2015. Dedicated to rail engineering, the academy has been developed to assist the rail sector in safeguarding its future, by overcoming skill shortages within the industry.
The academy is made up of a number of different rail working environments and realistic operational scenarios. This facilitates the training and development of engineers and technicians in a variety of situations.
Working on behalf of Newcastle College, SWGR were involved in the development of two OHLE training spans in September 2014. This included an outside span, approximately 60m in length, which included five masts, the installation of a high speed section insulator (HSSI) and manual switch, plus a second span developed inside the main academy building, approximately 50m in length.
Six men were assigned to the two-week project and the work involved installing the foundations, erecting the OHL masts, installing cantilevers, balance weights and high speed section insulator running wire, registration work and bonding out of the structures.
Not only were SWGR able to provide assistance to the project in terms of manpower, but they also provided resources including machinery, tools and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the students, through their specialist industrial supplies (SIS) division.
This case is typical of the value SWGR are able to contribute, providing multiple services to a single project as a multidisciplinary supplier to the rail industry.