Network Rail Training DPS
3ECO is proud to announce that, following several months of review by Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, its formal PQQ submission that was made in the first quarter of 2020 to participate to the newly introduced Network Rail Training Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) opportunity has been successful and that we have now been formally accepted onto the DPS.
For those unfamiliar with the concept A Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is a completely electronic system used by a Contracting Authority (buyer), in this instance Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, to purchase commonly used goods, works or services.
People, in particular in our industry, are more familiar with the term ‘Framework Agreement’. A framework agreement is an agreement that sets out the terms under which individual contracts can be made throughout the period of the agreement (normally a maximum of four years). Unfortunately, once the agreement has been awarded there is no opportunity for new suppliers to join until the next agreement is awarded. A DPS is one way of overcoming this issue given that new suppliers are welcome to submit an application for review by the Contracting Authority at any time.
The Network Rail Training DPS applicants were required to demonstrate, via the dedicated ‘BravoNR’ online platform, their competence and ability to offer training solutions and services to Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd in a range of training categories. As a result 3ECO has been successfully accepted onto the DPS for the following two categories:-
- Category 1 – Analysis & Design
- Category 2 – Physical Learning
Category 1 – Analysis & Design
As 3ECO is offering Safety critical training, it is essential that there is a clear correlation between the learning solution that is delivered, and the analysis which determined the learning needs gap. The Learning Needs Analysis therefore must be robust, thorough and underpinned by the application of recognised Learning and Development methodologies.
The approach needs to embrace the knowledge of Subject Matter Experts to ensure that all learning gaps are identified.
Unsurprisingly Network Rail made it clear in the application how vital it is that the approach minimises time out of operation and limits the impact on individuals to their daily roles, therefore maximising the value of their time at the same time.
Following the Analysis phase 3ECO will be required to start the actual Design Stage. To support this the Learning Needs Analysis documentation will form part of the brief for each new design statement of works. As a critical stage the Design Phase is to ensure that a clear correlation exists between the Learning Needs that have been identified and the learning solution that is delivered to fulfil these. The Design is fundamental in ensuring the learning outcomes are achieved and all the key considerations are achieved.
Category 2 – Physical Learning
Physical learning is about providing services that use development methods in producing equipment or training models and could take the form of a bespoke object for the purposes of demonstration in the classroom or other practical environment.
According to the terms of the DPS in this awarded category, 3ECO will be required to design, produce and deliver bespoke physical models for training aids. This is something 3ECO started well before applying to the DPS with the creation of portable mini-substations to facilitate certain training aspects in the comfort of the classroom.
In particular we need to be prepared to provide the following skills and competences:
• Stakeholder management;
• Production of training equipment;
• Designing and producing physical objects in a range of materials, including plastics and metals to the standards and specifications defined by each requirement;
• Ability to produce multiple copies of the required objects; and
• ability to offer facilitator training.
3ECO Training for RFLI staff
It is not unlikely that the Safety critical training that 3ECO is currently developing for Rail for London Infrastructure (RFLI) following successful bidding at the end of last year, has, to a certain extent, helped our submission and acceptance onto the Network Rail Infrastructure Training DPS.
As we progress with the training courses for the RFLI staff that will be employed on the future Elizabeth Line, 3ECO has been able to demonstrate its capacity to adapt to the totally unexpected (COVID-19) as well as proving its competence and professionalism as genuine subject matter experts.
The collaboration between the RFLI Training Team and 3ECO is working particularly well and we are now about to launch a series of Pilot courses before the summer break. With a bit of luck and with the lockdown being progressively eased in the UK we will be ready to start delivering actual courses in the classroom to the RFLI members of staff shortly.
Following our acceptance onto the Network Rail Training DPS our ambition is to offer Network Rail the same quality of service and overall positive experience that has been prevailing at Rail for London.