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Project title

A model for optimising competence retention in the railway (skills fade) (T717)

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    Workforce Development and Competence
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Project Summary

This research investigated the factors that contribute to competence retention in railway staff. The objectives were to identify factors that affect skill fade and methods by which competence retention in the rail industry can be optimised.

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This research will seek to determine the optimal frequency and content of reassessment and refresher training in the rail industry. The main aim is to assist the rail industry in making more informed decisions about how it can maximise the retention of competence in its workforces. The project will be relevant to all railway duty holders, including TOCs, FOC's, Network Rail, and infrastructure renewals companies. Phase one of this study involved an investigation into the broad range of factors that affect the retention of workforce competence, and the development of a requirements specification for competence retention. The main aims of phase one were to establish the factors that affect competence retention/ deterioration, agree a set of factors that were relevant to the rail industry, and determine the available techniques for minimising skill decay. The findings from phase one will now be used to inform and contribute to phase two, which will develop a good practice guide on the optimisation of competence retention and support debate on this issue among training practitioners. This research has been endorsed by the Rail Industry Skills Forum on behalf of the rail industry.

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