Meet Rob Barker. Rob has been with NCS for over 10 years and has trained hundreds of candidates. See below for more information about our current courses.

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Introductions to ERTMS, OLEC 1 and ICI below



As part of the Cambrian early deployment scheme (EDS) and the installation of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) signalling equipment, there is a need for operational staff and those identified with Track Safety Competencies to be trained or briefed on the changes affecting railway operations. Traditional Rule Book modules have been adapted to take account of the changes in railway operations as a result of ERTMS being installed initially on the Cambrian route and then implemented nationally.


Additional briefing is required for those persons who hold Track Safety Competencies for Person in Charge of Possession (PICOP), Engineering Supervisor (ES), Controller of Site Safety (COSS), Individual Working Alone (IWA) and Protection Controller (PC) who wish to work on an ERTMS fitted route.



An OLE Construction Site is any site on Network Rail managed infrastructure where construction, renewal, enhancements or modifications to the OLE system are taking place. This may be a specific section of a larger construction site.

OLEC 1 - Access OLE Construction Sites module is aimed at training persons:

whose work involves accessing an OLE construction site whilst supporting OLE activities (e.g. machine & crane controllers and others)

having to accompany others without OLEC certification who are visiting site (not undertaking work) and are at risk from OLE construction or may import additional risk to OLE construction.

The aim of the module is to provide people with a basic knowledge of the OLE system, its components and the working methods associated with construction, renewal, enhancement or modification of OLE assets.



The Industry Common Induction (ICI) is mandatory for working on any Network Rail IP sponsored project. IP sponsored projects include, but are not limited to construction sites, rail depots and station maintenance.

This competency is aimed at general site health and safety. It is important to note that PTS does not supersede ICI and both competencies will need to be held in many cases. Holding ICI will allow you to access the site, and a PTS may be needed for work purposes.

We also offer Assessments for COSS, ES and IWA!

These are the two Training Rooms. This is where candidates will spend most of their time during Training. 

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