Page 4: Development
Once trained, Network Rail makes sure that its employees have access to development opportunities. Development is about enhancing relevant skills, qualities and knowledge to give a person greater competency. People who take development opportunities can move into more challenging, higher level roles. However, there is the risk that a person who has better skills can more easily find another job elsewhere.
Network Rail recognises this risk but knows that it is balanced by the excellent opportunities and conditions that it offers. The development programmes that it runs lead to further nationally recognised qualifications ranging from NVQs and HNCs through to degrees and diplomas. These are all backed by a university, college or professional body as appropriate.
Network Rail also offers employees the chance to take part in its own leadership programme. This is designed to develop employees so that they can take on managerial roles. It is held at the Westwood Leadership Development Centre in Coventry, in partnership with the University of Warwick and is available to employees at all levels of the business. Every year thousands of Network Rail staff benefit from this course. They develop the skills and strategic knowledge to help the company deliver its challenging goals and targets.