Groupe Eurotunnel Becomes First Private Group to Gain Approval from French
Government for “Train Driver” Training
PARIS -- July 30, 2014
CIFFCO (The Opal Coast International Railway Training Centre), established by
Groupe Eurotunnel (Paris:GET), has obtained recognition for its “Train Driver”
training programme on the national register of professional certifications in
France. Until recently, the SNCF was the only company with this recognition.
The recognition by the state of this fast growing activity proves the value of
the demanding and practical work done to support youth employment and which
calls upon many professional skills: autonomy, route knowledge, safety
procedures, mechanical qualifications, customer information, etc.
The approval of this qualification will enable CIFFCO to award national
certificates via on the job training (apprenticeships).
The role of the Train Driver is evolving, with increasing responsibilities:
railway operators are recruiting hundreds of drivers every year, with
Europorte, the Railfreight subsidiary of Groupe Eurotunnel, having created
1,000 new jobs since its inception.
Xavier Moulins, Groupe Eurotunnel HR Director, stated: “CIFFCO has high
quality trainers and state of the art equipment. It is ready to react to the
increasing demand for railway training programmes. We are very proud of this
recognition, which is the result of detailed work to deliver our development
strategy for a growing and sustainable railway industry”.
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