National Training Academy for Rail prepares to open its doors

Construction of the National Training Academy for Rail in Northampton is now complete.

Ahead of the first intake of students in October, attention now moves to fitting out the interior and installing training aids. The facility will include a large fully fitted workshop, a virtual reality suite, a ‘digital railway’ room, and areas dedicated to European Rail Traffic Management System/European Train Control System and electrification.

The first students will be from South West Trains, while members of the Rail Engineering Apprentice Group will also be attending this year. 

The academy is being built by the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering and by Siemens, which provided half of the funding. The remainder comes from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills with support from the Department for Transport. In recognition of its investment, Siemens will use half of the training capacity with the rest open to the wider rail industry.

  • ​For more on this story, read RAIL 778, published on July 8.
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