basingstoke training facilities

Our training facilities

We’ve invested £23m in four state-of-the-art development centres

We take training our people very seriously, with 26 modern training centres across the UK. Our new state-of-the-art workforce development centres (WDCs) in Stirlingshire, Kent, Bristol and Walsall allow us to train up to 100 of our frontline engineering and maintenance people at once.

Westwood development centre

Westwood, in Coventry, opened in 2005 – we designed it specifically to deliver our professional skills development programme. It’s also part of our graduate training programme, the home of our apprentices, and a venue for leadership conferences. It’s a purpose-built residential building that serves as a centre of excellence for our leadership and management skills. As an environment that’s separated from everyday workplace pressures, it helps to promote creativity and strategic planning among our management teams.

We created our training programmes in partnership with Warwick Business School, one of the UK’s top 10 business schools, and the Warwick Manufacturing Group: these are both part of the University of Warwick.

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Walsall workforce development centre

Walsall is the largest of our four WDCs. It’s a modern, comprehensively equipped training facility built on one of our old maintenance depot sites. It houses extensive replicas for practical training in a controlled environment, including 60 metres of internal track layout with signalling and 150 metres of outdoor track.