Title European Transfer Model for Rail Welding Personnel qualification and Certification in Turkey
Project Number 2013-1-TR1-LEO05-47537
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project aimed to increase the safety and reliability of rail transport through improved, competence of the rail welders.
The RAILSAFE-TR project addresses a very clear need for highly skilled welding personnel for the Turkish railway system.
RAILSAFE-TR is a Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project, based on the very successful outcomes of RAILSAFE2. The project started in November 2013 and will finish in October 2015. After its two year duration, the consortium expects to have a fully updated training guideline and support materials, as well as the first group of Turkish trainers and trainees that were submitted to the RAILSAFE system.
This time the system of certification will also be configured so that is complies with the national VET systems in Europe thereby facility transferability throughout Europe and, in some cases, access to public funding.
Competent railway welding professionals are crucial to ensure safety, productivity, quality and long-term sustainability of national and European railways, preventing unnecessary accidents.
There is a clear need for welders who are trained to work in a quality system: certified welders, who work under approved procedures. The national railway authorities and infrastructure constructing companies need to have a European harmonised system for training, qualification and certification to deliver the required competences.
The railway authorities who own the tracks and the constructing companies who build and maintain them have identified this need. In fact, such a harmonised system already exists, the RAILSAFE system, and a good indication of its value can be found in the Netherlands, where the EWF member, NIL, oversees the implementation of the RAILSAFE system.
The project's main objective is to take the experience of previous RAILSAFE2 project, transferring and adapting it into Turkey. The project will look to set up the Railsafe certification scheme for railway personnel in Turkey, based on past experiences in the UK and the Netherlands, thereby helping to improve the technical expertise of railway welding personnel and improving overall safety of railway track conditions.
The consortium is uniquely qualified to ensure the success of the project. EWF as managers of a harmonised, training, qualification and certification system for welding personnel and TWI ensure the required technical expertise supporting the proposal.
ProRail, acting as the organisation implementing the Railsafe system in the Netherlands will act in a supporting role towards transferring its expertise towards the Turkish partners. Finally, TCDD as Turkey's national railway institute gives a great added-value in the smooth transfer of the Railsafe system into Turkey, in close collaboration with GEDIK University ensuring the link to Turkish EWF member, uniquely placed to deliver the necessary training and qualification towards validating project outcomes.
The project main outcome will be the development and implementation of a training programme for railway welding personnel, in accordance with RAILSAFE guideline standards.
In addition, two Pilot Courses will be carried out based on the above mentioned programme, certifying personnel in the Railsafe system for both TCDD and Gedik University.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
transparency and certification
program or curricula
Product information The tangible outcomes was a Guideline for training, qualification and certification, and rules for its implementation, following the same approach as in the first project.