South African freight railway Transnet is to invest R7·7bn on training by 2019, including R4·7bn for bursaries.

UK commuter operator First Capital Connect has launched an apprenticeship scheme targeting 18 to 23 year-olds living along its routes. The scheme offers up to five recruits training towards a series of non-vocational qualifications, with an offer of a customer service position at the end of the 12-month course.

Last month Russian wagon leasing firm Brunswick Rail joined forces with Promtractor-Vagon, Amsted Rail and Brenco to hold a training seminar on maintenance of modern wagons at Inskaya depot in Novosibirsk region. Attendees were mostly workers from local RZD depots; the seminar included practical demonstrations on type 12-1304 open wagons fitted with ‘motion control’ bogies.