Themes and topics Themes and topics WCRT 2022

1. National and International structures for training and education, including

  • Co-operation between industry and the education sector
  • National organisation of training. How standards are applied
  • International standards for training in the railway sector and across training institutes and operators

2. Talent / New Generation

  • How do you attract the new generation to the railway sector ?
    • Collaboration with schools, colleges and universities (e. g. apprenticeship)
    • Industry / Company branding
    • Increasing diversity
    • How to attract young professionals coming from other sectors
  • How do you induct the new generation to the railway sector ?
    • Programmes, structure, content (including core industry skills)
  • How do you develop and retain the new generation ?
    • Knowledge transfer from experienced railway experts
    • Talent management programmes (including international)

3. Innovation and Technologies

  • Digitalised railway and the impact on job role and skill requirements. How to train the new competencies ?
  • Digitalization of training & learning solutions (including social media) : success stories
  • Software applications (standard or in-company specific) which may be used to help on training needs assessment, simulation training, competencies development and evaluation, training management, etc
  • Research & development for innovation in the area of training
  • Cost efficiency in training
  • Trainer as digital coach : will the role of the trainer change due to the integration of new technologies (virtual classroom software, distance learning, etc.) ?
  • New technologies for training adapted to disabled persons (hearing impaired or deaf persons, dyslexic)

4. Training Management Cycle

  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Training design
  • Trainers (training, certification, development)
  • Testing/Examination/Assessment/Certification
  • Transfer of learning to the workplace
  • Training evaluation and return on investment
  • Planning & Scheduling : reliable training and disposition of resources (incl. new subjects in training) to ensure a constant well qualified workforce

5. Training Initiatives

  • Training supporting sustainable development
  • Development of new competences for emerging jobs
  • Safety risk culture (personnel & customer safety/railway safety)
  • Security skills for intervention & prevention (suicide, terrorism, anti-social behaviour)
  • Non-Technical Skills and safety
  • Management and leadership development
  • Customer service / Customer orientation
  • New challenges, such as cross-cultural, inter-generational, diversity

6. Impact of COVID-19

  • What have we learnt / done differently through the COVID-19 crisis ?
  • How has training / assessment been adapted ?