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Following the postponement of our training courses due to the COVID19 lockdown we are pleased to announce that we are now open for business again.

We have been busy during the lockdown preparing our training centre to provide social distancing throughout the building, creating cleaning stations and carrying out a detailed risk assessment to ensure the safety of our delegates, staff and visitors.

Our maximum class sizes have been reduced and we have created additional seating areas inside and out to provide plenty of space for delegates to relax at break times.

We now look forward to welcoming delegates back to help everyone return to a more normal life.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.


COVID-19

Infinity Training and Assessing have decided to temporarily postpone our technical training courses and assessments due to the Coronavirus situation. As a responsible training provider we feel that immediate action is required for the safety of our customers and staff. New dates will be planned in when it is safe to do so.

Any office based work will still be carried out as required and we will be working from our office at home. If you need to speak to us please call 07845 056558.

We hope that our customers understand that the decision we have made is in the best interests of both our customers and staff.


EBI200 Installation

Over the last few months Infinity Training has been installing two new EBI200 track circuits. The newly installed track circuits are designed to assist signalling maintenance testers and fault finders with their work trackside.

The equipment has been installed with a variety of hidden faults which can be switched on and off to provide fault finders a challenging practical experience. Our first successful course was delivered in February and was a great success with excellent feedback on our facilities and training.


A successful year

During the last year Infinity Training has assessed in excess of 350 railway signalling engineers for a variety of installation and SMTH competences. In addition to this we have completed over 150 IRSE logbook reviews providing delegates with suggested improvements and positive feedback.

Our continuous review of SMTH logbook slips also assists in providing standardisation across the railway industry and provides individuals with the opportunity to discuss technical problems and issues that have occurred and how these can be prevented.

Infinity Training is also proactively feeding information back to Network Rail where errors or omissions have been found within standard documents and we gratefully receive all the latest Technical Instructions and Noticeboards keeping us up to date with technical issues.

 

Reed Track Circuit training

During December Infinity Training delivered Reed Track Circuit courses to refresh existing signalling engineers and provided a full initial course for SMTH Team Leaders for the Paddington works over the Christmas Blockade.

At short notice we powered up our old style Reed Track Circuit to allow delegates time to refresh themselves on equipment which is not used as much as it used to be. Delegates were provided with full training, practice testing and a variety of faults providing them with confidence on equipment they had not touched for many years.

Forward thinking employers also requested additional SMTH testers to attend the full Reed Track Circuit course as well allowing them to assist during the blockade and providing more engineers for future Reed track work.


Job Shadowing day

A year 12 student from Tendring Technology College joined us for a job shadowing day. Infinity Training were delighted to show the young student how the operation of the training centre worked. During her day she assisted in a variety of roles including recording and processing purchase invoices, preparing invoices, preparing course notes and classrooms for the training sessions on the following day and she was even shown how to maintain and test some equipment in our practical training area. Towards the end of her day, we asked her what the most memorable part of the time she spent with us was and she replied that she enjoyed learning about the financial side of the business and how the accounting software works.


HVI Track Circuits installed

Infinity Training enjoyed a busy start to 2019 with customers planning and booking courses through until the end of this year. Our successful start has allowed us to expand our training school with new equipment to broaden the technical courses that we are able to offer. Our first successful HVI track circuit course was delivered in March with a variety of customers booking a further four courses throughout this year.

Refurbishment of our training centre
Following our encounter with the Beast from the East in February we have finally moved back in to our new improved premises.

Our fully refurbished building has taken four months to complete and it includes a new design to our reception area and an extended classroom. Already our delegates are benefiting from more space and a cleaner fresh environment to enjoy.

We thank all our customers for their understanding while the building work was being completed and we hope you now enjoy the new surroundings.

Clamplocks installed
Thanks to one of our loyal customers we have been able to install a new switch and clamplocks. These have been fully wired to one of our existing location cases and will also have an HVI track circuit installed onto them. The switch has already proven to be a great success for installation training courses where delegates have practiced removing and fitting the clamplocks, wiring disconnection boxes, fitted the new paddle type connectors to the clamplocks and given plenty of experience jointing cables and resolving typical faults found trackside.

Infinity Training continues to listen to its customers needs and is now starting to expand its indoor training area for a variety of signalling and technical training and assessments needs.
Experienced trainers needed
Due to an increase in demand for our training services we are looking for enthusiastic, freelance signalling trainers with over 5 years experience of working on signalling equipment trackside along with relevant trainer/assessor qualifications. If you are interested please email: info@infinity-training.co.uk with your cv.
Update on new practical area
Infinity Training's new location cases are installed and wired ready for our next works testing course to commission them into service. The location cases are wired to drive up to four ends of points, associated track circuits and ground shunt / limit of shunt signals. The wiring within the cases has been specially designed to hide simulated faults for delegates to practice at their own pace within a safe environment.

The equipment will also provide delegates with an enhanced, realistic insight into a variety of problems and issues they may experience trackside assisting them with learning how to fault find and test in a logical and confident manner.
Apprentices all achieve their Level 3 Diploma in Railway Signalling Engineering
After much hard work and effort all delegates trained by Infinity Training achieved their Level 3 Diploma in Railway Signalling Engineering. Each delegate had to create an NVQ portfolio providing evidence of the engineering challenges that they had been tasked with.

In addition to work experience trackside through their employers, they also attended technical training courses to understand the principles of Railway Engineering to complete their technical certificate plus the well known industry courses to assist them trackside. The apprentices now have excellent opportunities within the industry with the majority receiving offers of full time employment within the industry.
Expansion of Training Centre
Infinity Training have recently purchased additional rail equipment including a DV switch, a technician panel and a further two location cases ready for our new points layout which will be installed in the New Year.
Due to a big increase in customer demands we are investing in our training centre to provide a broader range of equipment for our delegates to practice on. We already have several live location cases of various ages providing delegates with excellent examples of trackside equipment; the new installations will be concentrating on clamplocks, HW2000 point machines and HVI track circuits.
Signalling Installer Programme
Infinity Training are pleased to offer a Railway Signalling Installer programme which has been tailored to meet the standards of EAL Level 3 in Railway Signalling and mapped to 1.2.110 IRSE Signalling Installer licence.

All our courses are delivered by railway signalling professionals with in excess of 30 years experience in the railway industry; each delegate will be coached throughout the programme to meet the individual's needs ensuring maximum learning is achieved within the time frame.

The course has an excellent balance of theory and practical sessions where the delegate will be able to install equipment to the correct Network Rail standards, test it and power equipment to see its live operation. On successful completion of the course certification will be provided for each module which is recognised throughout the Railway Infrastructure.
Delegates are also provided with support and assistance in understanding the IRSE licensing scheme and given guidance on where to look for employment opportunities within the Industry.
Infinity Training welcomes second apprentice
Infinity Training expands its signalling training school and recruits another signalling apprentice to help design and build the next section of track.

Robbie Jackson has just successfully completed his Traineeship and will be working within the team to assist in installing points, signals and a variety of track circuits.

Robbie will also be completing a level 3 in Railway Signalling engineering and working trackside to fast-track his career within the industry.
Second Traineeship
Infinity Training delivers another successful traineeship to an excellent group of delegates from Harwich, Colchester, Clacton-on-Sea and surrounding areas.
During the traineeship the delegates completed a variety of Railway Signalling and Safety training courses which will help them in their future careers in the Railway Industry.

If your company is interested in taking on a trainee or apprentice to help grow your business please contact us at info@infinity-training.co.uk
New apprentice
We are pleased to announce that Infinity Training has taken on its first apprentice. Jaguar Love, who is new to the Industry, has already attended many signalling and safety training courses as part of his Traineeship.

Jaguar will be helping to extend and improve our training facility at Horsley Cross. Working closely with other railway providers Jaguar will also be gaining invaluable experience trackside in addition to being provided with many other training courses as a part of his apprenticeship.
Traineeship
Infinity Training has just completed an 11 week traineeship in Railway Signalling leading to the majority of the trainees gaining an apprenticeship with local companies.

We will now be providing the Signalling technical training for the apprentices over the next 12 months to assist them in securing long term careers in the Industry.

Any employers interested in taking on an apprentice in the future please contact us at info@infinity-training.co.uk. The next traineeship is programmed to start in September 2015.
Infinity Training visits Epps Training
Infinity Training visit Epps Training new premises in Kent to share good practices knowledge and experiences. The day involved discussions on many ideas and suggestions that both companies had found that had enhanced the training environments for delegates, ways both companies could improve promoting equality and diversity and how this information could be collated.

Epps Training also kindly donated some signals and props which will be used at Infinity Training school in Horsley Cross.
Infinity Training support Waveney Sailability
Infinity Training were delighted to receive the following message from Waveney Sailability:

On behalf of Waveney Sailability, we would like to thank you for your kind donation of £200 towards our funds for teaching disabled people how to sail at Oulton Broad, Lowestoft. We started our new sailing season yesterday when we had 50 disabled person taking to the water and thoroughly enjoying themselves in a fairly lively windy day. Thanking you once again for your contribution, which is very much appreciated.
New Training Premises
Infinity Training & Assessing have now opened our new premises in Horsley Cross, near Manningtree, to deliver safety and technical training. Work has begun to build a simulated trackside environment to provide the capability to train a variety of different courses.
Apprenticeship Programme
Infinity Training are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer funded Railway Signalling apprenticeship programmes to our customers. These programmes run for a minimum of twelve months and are delivered on an NVQ basis by experienced Railway Signalling Trainers and Assessors. The apprenticeship programme is open to candidates of all ages. If your company is interested in taking on apprentices please contact us on info@infinity-training.co.uk.
http://www.technotrack.eu/New contract with Technotrack Engineering
Infinity Training and Assessing wins a new contract with TechnoTrack Engineering to provide Professional Head of Signalling services. Work includes verifying Technotrack's competence management system, ensuring that staff are always trained to the highest standards and assisting with keeping staff up to date with all technical aspects.
Infinity Training Consultant helps TES Training achieve ISO9001
A successful ISO9001 audit was completed on TES Training's management systems after a new system was introduced by a consultant from Infinity Training and Assessing. This smarter way of working has improved management processes and document control for the vast amount of training that is completed by our highly successful training partner.
Design of Signalling Training School for TES Training
Infinity Training and Assessing design and assist with the installation of a signalling training school for TES Training in Colchester. The school design includes both an indoor and outdoor SMTH area, with a wide variety of equipment allowing delegates to gain hands-on experience. The design has been created to allow for future potential expansion and new technologies. Trainers have been very excited about the new equipment being installed and have already used several areas to enhance the learners' experience. The new Signalling area will be used to grow the already successful existing TES2000 signalling department and will be available for external delegates.
Creation of new Signalling Division for TES2000
Infinity Training and Assessing assist TES2000 in creating a new Signalling Division. The successful division passed its link up audit with flying colours and a new signalling workforce became extremely popular with many customers. Due to its success TES2000 are recruiting more experienced Team Leaders and Installers to join the team.