Go-Ahead Germany starts its new train driver academy
Stuttgart/Augsburg – 29 January 2021 – Train drivers are in high demand. In order to meet this demand, the rail transport company Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland has founded its own train driver academy. “Our new train driver academy Go-Train is an ideal addition to our two operating companies in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. We need well-trained employees,” said Patrick Verwer, CEO of the Go-Ahead companies in Germany. “With these additional capacities in the area of initial and continuing training we will help the entire railway industry in Germany.” Go-Train was officially recognised as a training organisation by the Federal Railway Authority at the end of 2020. The academy has also applied for and is awaiting approval for the right to examine trainees.
The academy will train “career changers” as train drivers in a process lasting around eleven months. Furthermore, the three-year training occupation of “railway employee specialising in train driving and transport” will also be offered. Up to now, the Go-Ahead companies in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria have used specialist external organisations to train their new employees; the academy’s first trainers have now also begun providing training, while Go-Train is continuing its successful cooperation with the external organisations which have provided training for the Go-Ahead companies to date.
“Our plan is for our own trainers to be able to fully meet the need for both theory and practical training from late summer onwards. Until that point is reached, our trainers will steadily increase their areas of responsibility,” said Christian Rehfeldt, head of Go-Train. He himself completed training as a railway employee and has worked as a train driver for various companies in Germany and Switzerland. He also gained additional qualifications as a trainer and examiner. He hopes the academy will have its own premises in Augsburg and Stuttgart within the next few months. Three simulators will then be acquired to train future train drivers and provide continuing training to the existing team. “The occupation of train driver is an excellent one, and we want to attract interested persons to this occupation.”
Anyone who is interested in becoming a train driver is advised to contact Go-Ahead Baden-Württemberg or Go-Ahead Bavaria. Applicants who pass the entrance exam are employed by these regional operating companies and receive a salary even while they are being trained. Once training is successfully completed, the occupation of train driver is seen within the industry as a guaranteed, crisis-proof job. Successful Go-Train graduates can expect a permanent employment contract with Go-Ahead and a salary based on trade union rates. And the work is by no means only suitable for men. Ever more women are also discovering this appealing and challenging occupation.
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