The aim of the NovaRail® system is to deliver an effective and efficient blend of distance and classroom based training using technology where it is appropriate and adds real value; a system that will support vocational training, technical training and continuous professional development; and a system that can be accessed from the workplace, from dedicated training centres – and by individuals from home.
To realise the full benefit of this coordinated approach, we recognise that the system must be inclusive and available to those training providers who wish to participate.
Consistent training, delivering best practice is a key enabler for a safe and reliable railway, and quality assurance of the content and the training effectiveness is vital. We envisage the establishment of an advisory board representing a broad spectrum of the railway industry, to monitor quality, forecast future skills requirements and to set priorities for the development of new training materials.
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NovaRail delivers an effective and efficient blend of distance and classroom based training using technology where it is appropriate that adds real value; a system that supports vocational training, technical training and continuous professional development; and that can be accessed from the workplace, dedicated training centres and by individuals from home. Our aim is to leverage existing learning resources when and where appropriate, to deliver learning solutions that bring together the providers and the consumer of railway training.
NovaRail delivery objectives
· A marketplace for instructor-led courses -
· Access to Railway-specific e-learning -
· Access to e-learning for generic skills – management and supervisory, IT, and basic skills
· Two clicks to safety – focused training for rulebook changes and promotion of industry best practice
· Best of class training materials consortium – sharing of course designs, instructors and trainees’ notes
· Continuous professional development – for rail-related professions
· Train the trainers and trainer development – opportunities for railway professionals to develop their competences as trainers.
· Trainers’ forum – on-line discussion groups for trainers
· Trainees’ forum – a place for learners to share their views and learning, and to learn from each other
A secure training environment
A user organisation, for example, an IMC or TOC, can use the system to manage training for employees. An organisation’s training administrator maintains their own training database within NovaRail, puts distance learning material and information about its instructor-led courses onto the system, assigns individuals and groups of staff to specific training courses or programmes and receives reports – all within a secure environment. Only that administrator and those specifically authorised by the administrator can access that information and take action affecting those trainees.
· Reduced travel & training costs
· Accelerated learning process
· Higher training quality
· Improved access to ‘best practice’
· Ease of updating and customizing training content
· Faster progress towards national standards, licensing etc.
· Negligible duplication cost
· Greater insight into skills requirements and overall training provision
· Consistency in training across large number of employees
· Automatic tracking and reporting