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  November 2017  

RTI Managing Director, Dr Andrew Russell, presents a joint paper with NS Leecentrum at RSSB's 2017 Human Factors conference on the introduction of Non-Technical Skills(NTS).

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  October 2017  
  RTI complete an RBTNA and training validation for Abellio Scot Rail train drivers for the introduction of HSTs.  
  July 2017  
  RTI facilitate process workshops for Engineering Training re-organisation  
  April 2017  
  RTI extend their offering to include Plant Assessment, Working at Heights, First Aid and Orange Card PTS.  
  December 2016  

RTI complete a review of operational training standards for a major TOC.

RTI facilitate a workshop reviewing the process for engineering staff attending fatalities.

  November 2016  

RTI complete a Risk-Based Training Needs Analysis (RBTNA) for platform dispatch and review current training provision against the RBTNA.

RTI support Hitachi Rail Europe in the delivery of IEP engineering training delivery.
  August 2016  

RTI complete an RBTNA for Depot Drivers for Hitachi Rail Europe.

RTI provide competence assessor support for Lucchini Unipart Rail.
  June 2016  

RTI deliver risk assessment training to Engineering staff.

  May 2016  

SNC Lavelin complete an independent review of RTI's training methodology for IEP and conclude that RTI's quality approach goes beyond the requirements of current industry best practice.

  April 2016  
  RTI are selected by Hitachi Rail Europe to design and deliver the full range of operational train-the-trainer courses for the new AT200 ScotRail stock  
  September 2015  

RTI work collaboratively with NS Opleidingen trainers to develop Non-Technical Skills (NTS) training content for train drivers.

  April 2015  
  RTI will be sponsoring the Third UIC World Training Congress in Lisbon.  
  January 2015  
  RTI complete Risk-Based Training Needs Analysis for Southeastern Railway for the role of Shunter Driver.  
  December 2014  

As a result of RTI efforts in GCC countries with its local partner SACOR (www.iracademy.net), RTI delivers track engineering training to Saudi Rail Organisation (SRO) and Al-Mobty track engineers in Riyadh.

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RTI complete Risk-Based Training Needs Analysis for Southeastern Railway Train Drivers and the London Bridge re-signalling project.

  October 2014  

RTI are selected by Southern Railway to provide rolling stock training delivery support.

RTI have been selected by the Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB) to develop the new European Driver License course (Project T1016)..

  September 2014  

RTI are selected by Hitachi Rail (Europe) to design and deliver the full range of Operations Train-the-Trainer courses to support the introduction of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) rolling stock.

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  August 2014  

RTI launch a new training course in Incident Management and Accident Investigation for Southeastern Railway engineering staff.

RTI launch a new ‘courtroom scenario’ training intervention, in collaboration with Bon Solon http://www.bondsolon.com/ to train railway managers in their legal obligations under UK Health and Safety law.
  May 2014  
  RTI provide a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) to support the winning Thameslink Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise bid.  
  March 2014  

RTI provide Risk Assessment training to Arriva Trains Wales station managers.

  January 2014  

RTI are selected by Hitachi Rail (Europe) to provide the Operational Training Needs Analysis for the new Intercity Express Programme (IEP) rolling stock.

  October 2013  

RTI Managing Director Dr. Andrew Russell will be delivering a joint paper with the International Railway Academy (KSA) on the new build railway training academy project at the Mena Rail and Metro Summit in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 29th October.


  August 2013  
  Following a competitive tender, RTI are awarded the contract to conduct the Operational Training Needs Analysis for the Inter-City Express Project (IEP).  
  July 2013  

Following a competitive tender, RTI are awarded the contract for Phase 5 (design of training materials) for the RSSB Project T1016 Train Driver Training Review.

RTI are awarded the contract by Bombardier Transportation to conduct the Operational Training Needs Analysis for the Automatic Train Control upgrade to the London Underground Sub-Surface Railway.

  April 2013  

RTI Managing Director Dr. Andrew Russell delivers a joint paper with First Great Western on Train Driver Non-Technical Skills to the World Rail Training Congress in St. Polten.


  March 2013  
  Dr. Andrew Russell presents a joint paper with First Great Western at the fourth International Rail Human Factors conference on the introduction of Non-Technical Skills into a train driver competence management system.  
  February 2013  

RTI are awarded a contract by Network Rail for training Network Rail Signallers on the GSM-R Fixed Terminals.

RTI are nominated for a training award by Network Rail for their support to the GSMR project.

  January 2013  
  RTI T&RS trainers are signed-off by Network Rail to deliver GSM-R training to rolling stock and Yellow Plant maintainers.  
  October 2012  
  RTI confirm a collaboration with the Saudi Company for Railway Services (Sacor) to build a new railway training academy in Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).  
  September 2012  
  RTI produce T&RS modules for First Great Western's HST fleet (Class 43).  
  May 2012  

RTI are named as the preferred bidder by Southeastern for the OJEC Notice tender for the provision of Class 465 and Class 375 stock training courses (Lot 2).

RTI launch their new TOLO/SIO course for a major UK TOC, gaining excellent feedback from course participants.

RTI Managing Director Dr. Andrew Russell will be co-ordinating the UIC project "Trainer Development" which seeks to identify "good practice" in the development of railway trainer competence across the industry.

  April 2012  
  RTI are selected by a major UK TOC to provide the City and Guilds 6317 Assessor Qualification to their Operational Competence Assessors.  
  February 2012  
  RTI become full members of the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) see www.nsare.org  
  January 2012  

RTI will be providing the strategic training support for the new build Bucharest Airport link.

RTI are providing training support for Tubelines Fleet Overhaul Implementation Programme at Stratford Market Depot

  December 2011  
  RTI become full members of the British Business Group in Vietnam, www.bbgv/org  
  October 2011  
  RTI are contracted to support the maintenance of Network Rail's GSM-R simulators with our partner Corys TESS and acquire additional office facilities in Ashford, Kent.  
  August 2011  

RTI to provide Risk Assessment training for Engineering managers.

Dr. Andrew Russell (Managing Director) appointed to be Chief Training Expert for Hanoi Suburban Railway (Line 2).

  July 2011  

RTI facilitate process improvements team looking at the Fleet Refresh process in Southern's Selhurst Depot.







RTI are contracted to support the maintenance of Network Rail's GSM-R simulators and acquire additional office facilities in Ashford, Kent.



  June 2011  
  RTI supporting RSSB in the development of the "Operational Concept" project.  
  April 2011  
  RTI deliver a two day generic T & RS fault finding course to Railway Vehicle Engineering Ltd (RVEL) staff in Derby  
  March 2011  

RTI's Dr. Andrew Russell will be delivering a joint presentation with Iarnód Éireann on the highly successful case study for the introduction of Technology-Based Training methods and train Driver Non-Technical Skills at the Corys User Club in Grenoble (http://clubu.corys.com/clubugb/inscriptionClubU.php )30th March and 1st April 2011.  A full paper will be jointly presented at the UIC 1st World Congress on Rail Training in Madrid (5th-8th April 2011) http://www.uic.org/spip.php?rubrique1918

RTI deliver a two day training course on assessing train driver Non-Technical Skills for First Great Western Competence Assessors.

RTI acquire residential accommodation in the Bristol area to increase flexibility of delivery to our expanding local client base in the West Country / Wales area.

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  February 2011  

Lauren Cooper re-joins RTI as a Traction & Rolling Stock consultant from Bombardier Transportation.

RTI successfully delivers the first in a series Driver Instructor Development Programme courses for First Great Western, which includes specific focus on train driver Non-Technical Skills.  The Programme is part of a suite of training interventions supporting First Great Western’s strategy to develop Non-Technical Skills in the train driver role.

RTI deliver the new City and Guilds 6317 assessing qualification to First Great Western operational staff

RTI facilitate Southern Railway’s Stewart’s Lane depot team in process mapping their depot maintenance plan. 








RTI deliver the first of a suite of Traction Fault Finding courses for Class 465/ 466 and SETRA introduction courses for Electrostar stock, for Southeastern train maintenance staff.


  January 2011  

RTI deliver the new City and Guilds 6317 assessing qualification to Chiltern Railways depot staff.


RTI attend the official opening of Iarnrod Eireann’s simulator training centre in Dublin.





  November 2010  

RTI  facilitate Southern Railway’s train cleaning team in process mapping their performance improvement plan.

  October 2010  
  Sean Northfield joins RTI as a Traction & Rolling Stock Training Consultant from Bombardier Transportation.  
  September 2010  

RTI deliver Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) (City & Guilds 7303) to Irish Rail trainers.

RTI provide consultancy support to Southern Railway, process mapping their maintenance exam regime at Stewarts Lane depot for Class 442 EMU stock.


  August 2010  

South Eastern Trains select RTI to design and deliver a range of Traction & Rolling Stock courses on their Class 465 & 466 stock at Slade Green depot.

London Underground invite RTI to prepare a summary report on the current status of train driver training research, in order to identify the key areas to focus on to enhance the effectiveness of LULs existing train driver programmes.

RTI are successful in their three-year contract bid to provide safety training to Translink (Northern Ireland Railways).

  July 2010  

Arriva Trains Wales invite RTI's Dr Andy Russell to provide consultancy support to their train driver Human Factors/Non-Technical Skills training initiatives.

RTI invited to take part in RSSB Webinar, along with University of Wuerzburg to dicuss 2Train and Introduction of Train Driver simulators & Non-Technical Skills training (Irish Rail Case Study).

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  June 2010  
  Dr. Andrew Russell (RTI Managing Director) joins the UIC Steering Group for the first World Rail Training Congress http:/www.uic.org/spip.php?rubrique1665  
  April 2010  
  RTI gain approval from City & Guilds to provide the trainer qualification "7303 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector"  
  March 2010  

RTI chosen by Parsons Brinckerhoff to deliver training on ISP-Scheme and ISP-Sketch tools. ISP-Scheme v.02 training course approved by Network Rail

RTI deliver modular Rulebook training course to Network Rail staff

RTI provide a bespoke Train-the-Trainer development programme for First Great Western Operational Trainers to great acclaim "I feel I have been on a very steep learning curve, while intense was very good" and "Have been waiting years for this course. Surpassed my expectations" reflects the course feedback.

RTI working with Iarnrod Eireann, providing consultancy on the introduction of train driver simulators into operational training, with specific focus on the training and assessment on Non-Technical Skills (human fators).

RTI commence delivery of Accident & Investigation training (including refresher courses) for FGW with the courses receiving excellent feedback from course delegates - "I really enjoyed the course and feel that I could do an investigation with confidence" and " I have a much greater understanding of what is required....and feel motivated to want to put the process into practice".

  January 2010  
  RTI becomes accredited as a City and Guilds Approved Centre for the provision of NVQs  
  December 2009  
  RTI take a 33% share in the management develoment company RBK solutions. This move supports RTI's strategy to be able to offer top quality management development both within and outside the rail industry  
  November 2009  
  RTI win competitive tenders to provide the A1 Assesor Award and Accident & Investigation training to First Great Western operational staff  
  September 2009  
  RTI have been invited by Network Rail to update the training packages for ISP-Scheme and the Sketch tool signalling design tool  
  July 2009  
  RTI successfully complete delivery of the training element for the introduction of SSADS into Network Rail  
  June 2009  
  RTI win a competitive tender to provide Network Rail Signal Engineers with the A1 Assessor Award  
  April 2009  

RTI's final report for RSSB Project T441 (part 2) published. The report highlighted some key considerations for the design and structure of train driver training.


  March 2009  

RTI commence development of Basic Electrical, Class 90 Introduction, Mark III & DVT introduction, Class 90 Traction & Auxiliary and Whole Train Braking System courses for National Express at Crown Point depot

RTI deliver Accident and Investigation courses for First Great Western Engineering

  February 2009  
  RTI commence work writing Technical Instruction Manual, VMIs and Training material for Kirow (Liepzig) for their Switch & Crossing Panel Carrying Vechicle (SCPV)  
  December 2008  

RTI commence delivery of a comprehensive technical training programme for First Great Western on Class 158, 153, 150, 143 and 142 rolling stock.

Following the success of the RSSB presentations, RTI, in association with the RSSB and Conation Technologies have been asked to provide a series of workshops on adult learning design to the UK industry.  Dates confirmed include 30th January (Basingstoke), 16th February (Leeds), 18th March (Cardiff), 19th March (Chester) and 26th March (Larbert).  Places are free to industry members and can be booked via Andrew Taylor at the RSSB (Andrew.Taylor@rssb.co.uk)

  November 2008  

RTI were engaged by Chiltern railways to deliver technical training on Mark III coaches and DVTs to maintenance staff.

RTI facilitated a "Quality Improvement Team” looking at improving the service control process for Southern Railway”.

  October 2008  
  Dr. Andrew Russell will be presenting at the RSSB Industry Briefing day on 14th October in York.  The presentation will cover the very positive results from the re-design of the RuleBook S4 training module for train drivers which used the cognitive styles research emerging from RSSB Project T441  
  September 2008  
  RTI have been engaged by Bombardier to provide competency assessments for Traction & Rolling Stock staff maintaining the new Class 378 planned eventually for New Cross Gate Depot.  
  August 2008  
  RTI invited by Bombardier to support with the design and delivery of training for Class 378 rolling stock for the London Overground Line  
  July 2008  

RTI win competitive tender to supply Kirow (Leipzig) with technical manuals, supporting documentation and training for the new Switch Wagons being supplied to Network Rail www.Kirow.de

As a result of a competitive tender, RTI have been engaged to supply a Training Needs Analysis for depot maintenance staff at a National Express depot in Norwich.

  June 2008  

RTI win a competitive tender to provide a Training Needs Analysis for the Chief Mechanical Engineer's Departement to larnrod Eireann        www.iarnrodeireann.ie

RTI are invited to design and deliver MK3 coach & DVT training for Chiltern Railways.

RTI are invited to provide a Training Needs Analysis and comprehensive technical development programme for new maintenance staff at First Great Western's depot in Bristol.

Network Rail procures RTI to design and deliver the training for their new Intelligent Scheme Plan tool.

  March 2008  

RTI are engaged by Hitachi Europe Ltd to develop the Training Plan for the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) bid. Also RTI are engaged by Hitachi Rail Maintenance to review the Competence Management System at Ashford Depot.

RTI Managing Director Dr. Andrew Russell, presented an update on RTI’s research activities and outcomes to an international audience at the Deutsche Bahn Safety Congress in Fulda

  October 2007  

RTI facilitate a business process re-engineering project to support improvements in dwell time management for London Underground.  This project also involves a review of training and competence managementprocesses for staff involved in platform management.

  August 2007  

RTI are contracted by Network Rail to supply qualified IRSE competence assessors to help support Network Rail’s signalling competence assessment programme.

  July 2007  

RTI facilitate a quality improvement programme in Southern’s Selhurst depot.  The programme includes a review of current “As Is” documentation

processes and includes benchmarking against best practice.

  April 2007  

RTI are contracted by Metronet to supply four qualified competence assessors to help support Metronet’s Traction & Rolling stock competence assessment programme.



March 2007






After 11 years in central London, RTI move office to Canterbury, Kent.  This move is part of the strategy to increase RTI’s competitiveness in the market.




November 2006


  European Community (EC):  RTI are part of an international collaborative consortium, including SNCF, DB & Czech railways researching the application of train driver simulators and Computer-Based Training as part of the “2Train” project. The project is funded by the EC and confirms RTI’s status as a leading international player in the design of modern training techniques  


October 2006



European Community (EC): RTI become part of the URaLSE project, which is led by the Latvian Public Language Service Centre.  The project is looking at the issues surrounding the training of train drivers in a second language for cross-border operations.



August 2006



RTI deliver a core “train-the-trainer” event in Europe to a team of traction & rolling stock trainers from a leading rolling stock manufacturer.



April 2006



RTI and Southern Railway have established a unique and exciting partnership in the mainline rail industry for the provision of NVQs.  RTI are now established as a satellite to Southern’s NVQ centre, offering Railway specific NVQs to the industry; combining the extensive experience of the two organisations in railway training and competence management.

Accreditation of the Southern Centre has recently been expanded to include Learning and Development and Management NVQs






July 2005






RTI has been retained by Network Rail to supply a Unit A1 and Unit V1 Standard training and certification programme that will fully support and complement the requirements of Network Rail’s Operations Manual Procedure C2 and the implementation of the Professional Signaller Competency Standard.

Around 50 Network Rail Signaller Managers will have been certified to NVQ A1 Assessor and V1 Verifier over a period of 8 months






June 2005






The UK 's Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB) commissioned RTI to undertake a rapid survey of activity in the UK Rail industry relating to National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ).

The findings will inform RSSB's work on National Occupational Standards.






February 2005






Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB) has extended RTI's research - examining the training implications of the use of Simulators and CBT in Driver training.

With the support of Network Rail the work is to be extended to examine Simulator and CBT use in Signaller Training.






September 2004






RTI was awarded a research contract by the UK 's Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB) to examine training implications of the use of Simulators and CBT in Driver training.

The work is being supported by Southern.
The research focus is on the individual learner and the impact the use of simulators and CBT might have both on their ability to learn and on the assessment of that learning.

The results will be used to improve the design of training and assessment schemes and the design of the simulators/CBT themselves.






May 2004 




Rail Training International has announced the appointment of Dr. Andrew Russell as head of training.

Dr. Russell joins from Network Rail where he was company training and development manager. He has 22 years’ experience in the rail industry, having started his career in station services.

Previously he was head of learning and development at London Underground. Andrew has a PhD in management studies.





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