Emphasising the need for rail engineers to keep up with the latest train technology, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan revealed in a blog post yesterday (21 Nov) that training programmes for the sector will be ramped up.
These include tertiary programmes for those studying to be engineers, and continuing education for those already working in the sector.
The sector has made “a good start” in recent years, with the Land Transport Authority and transport operators providing sponsorships and internships, and working with higher learning institutions to redesign courses with a focus on transport engineering.
To integrate these training programmes and provide more dedicated training for the sector, Mr Khaw also mooted the idea of establishing a "National Rail Academy" with the Public Transport Tripartite Committee. This will “signal the Government’s concerted and determined approach to build up and deepen rail capabilities”.
Additionally, the Academy will help to achieve economies of scale in trainers and training facilities, allow apprentice schemes to be implemented and assure those who enter the academy a job, Mr Khaw said.
"As rail technology continues to evolve and improve, our rail engineers have to keep up. Every new line and every new train must be better than their predecessors," said Mr Khaw. "This way, we keep our train systems and fleet up- to-date, more reliable, easier to maintain, safer and more cost-effective to operate."
What else can be done to attract and deepen the capabilities of the rail engineering sector?
Source: “Rail engineers' training to be expanded: Khaw” (Sunday Times, 22 Nov 2015)