Led by President Claire Porter, a delegation from the Institution of Railway Signalling Engineers has undertaken a tour of Hong Kong and mainland China as part of an effort to raise awareness of the body. IRSE is keen to establish a local section in Beijing, and discussions were held with Professor Ning Bin, President of Beijing Jiaotong University, for a technical convention.

Network Rail is funding a paid internship programme targeting recent university graduates. The UK infrastructure manager launched the Track & Train initiative in partnership with 27 other employers in the rail industry; a paid placement of 18 months will be offered to 100 young people who have graduated in the past two years but who have been unable to secure graduate-level employment.

ADIF and Sener will work together on training programmes for research and technical staff, and Sener will join ADIF’s Railway Technology Centre at the Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía in Málaga, which currently co-operates with more than 25 railway technology companies.

Anti-corrosion specialist NOF Metal Coatings Group has established a research and training facility at its European technical centre in Creil near Paris. The company will hold a series of seminars and practical laboratory demonstrations for ‘all the members of the anti-corrosion lamellar zinc industry’ and customers from a range of market sectors including rail.