Title Development of a harmonised system for education, qualification and certification of railway track welders - phase 2 ('RAILSAFE 2')
Project Number UK/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/163-142
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The project aimed to increase the safety and reliability of rail transport through improved, and more consistent, competence of the welders who carry out track construction and maintenance.
The project build on the success of the first RAILSAFE project, details of which can be found at www.ewf.be/railsafe
Whereas the first project covered the joining of rails by the aluminothermic welding process, this second phase will cover the use of arc welding for joining, repairing and refurbishing rails. Arc welding requires completely different skills, but the competence requirements are just as critical to the reliability of rail tracks thus a similar approach will be adopted.
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.
The first part of the project was concerned with the development of a curriculum guideline and rules for its implementation. This system was then be tested by pilot courses. The outputs were disseminated for use by the rail industry in Europe through the partners and the contacts they had established during the first project.
The main outcomes of this work were: a European harmonised approach to training and qualification which brings the advantage of mobility and employability of welders throughout Europe, a recognisable competence benchmark through certification, structured lifelong learning, underpinning for an emerging European Standard and a support mechanism for the interoperability between national railway systems and to railway safety.
A further benefit of the project were enabling skilled welders from sectors which were in decline to undergo supplementary training in order to transfer into the growing rail sector.
Five of the partners had also been partners in the first RAILSAFE project: the international research and technology organisation in the UK - TWI, the coordinator of the first RAILSAFE project - Ir.J.B. van den Brug Raadgevend Ingenieur, an international welding and quality institute in Portugal - ISQ, the Swedish Welding Commission (SWC) and the European Welding Federation (EWF). A new partner was the National R&D Institute for Welding and Material Testing in Timisoara, Romania.
Together the partners had have the necessary expertise and networks to deliver the project objectives. The project unified a variety of different national approaches to training of railway track welders thereby allowing mobility of welders throughout Europe.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Sectors Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
program or curricula
transparency and certification
Product information The tangible outcome was a Guideline for training, qualification and certification, and rules for its implementation, following the same approach as in the first project.