From September next year, the RAILWAY-TECHNICAL SCHOOL in Belgrade will become a training center for dual education, which will train staff to operate the most modern German and Swiss trains on Serbian high-speed railways.
Programs for new educational profiles will be completed by the end of the year.
For now, it is certain that the list will include a traction technician, popularly known as a train driver.
Curricula will be harmonized with European standards, diplomas and work licenses will be valid in some EU countries, which will raise the “ramp” for the entry of our drivers and locomotives in Italy, France and other EU countries. Five million euros will be invested in the purchase of modern equipment.
In a conversation with “Novosti”, the director of the school, Zlatko Radosavljević, states that the railway has a great need for new employees in the next ten years. It is the only educational institution in the region, and it is planned that the school will be reorganized in the image of the Aviation Academy. The cooperation, he points out, aims to get more students with the help of ministries and state-owned companies, and to educate the staff with the reform of teaching, which can start working immediately.
– The educational profile of the training technicians, ie train drivers, will certainly be in the training center – says Radosavljević.
– We are preparing five more educational profiles, among which there will be a railway safety technician, who should replace the former car inspectors. He is an extremely important man, who checks the composition of the train before it leaves. The profile of the driver must also be reformed, who, if he does not go with the train, has half an hour of work, if no train arrives for the next seven hours. We are looking to add another class, to make it a four-year occupation and gain more competencies that he could use for something else. The profile of an electrical telecommunications technician will probably be retained.
Our interlocutor points out that a lot needs to be done in the coming period. In addition to the new educational profiles, it is necessary to reconstruct a part of the school, in order to provide additional space for the accommodation of modern simulators on which students will be trained.
– Simulators do not only serve to train the student how to drive, but also to see how he reacts when something unforeseen happens – the director states.
– It is 4.70 meters high when it rises on the shock absorbers, so it needs a ceiling at a height of six meters. Then we’ll have to upgrade another part of the school. There are simulators like multi-screen video games, where there are commands that it uses. All of them will be based on the most modern “Siemens” and “Stadler” trains that Serbia has.
Students will also have the opportunity to acquire knowledge on compact, nano and virtual simulators of the real environment. As Branko Ruzic, the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, recently stated, these devices will enable Serbia to deservedly take the first place in the region in the field of training personnel in rail traffic and leaders in new technologies for high-speed railways in Serbia.
GOAL – ENROLLMENT OF MORE STUDENTS
The RAILWAY-TECHNICAL SCHOOL is the only educational institution in Serbia, and a similar one exists in Croatia and Bosnia. Most students were in the school year 2010/11. year – 1,040, and that number is now halved. In the past, 90 percent of students were from the interior, now they are a third.
– Fewer students were affected by the employment ban and the surplus of railway workers – says Radosavljević.
– There are fewer enrolled students from the interior because worse students come to us, who do not have the right to apply for a home, and their parents do not have the money to pay for their apartment. A lot of students come to us from Obrenovac, Vinča, Borča, Ovča, Krnjača, while there are fewer of them from the central city municipalities.
SALARY AND MORE THAN 1,000 EUROS
Although there is great interest in train drivers on the labor market, the interest of students has decreased in recent years. Instead of 60, as planned, this year 36 students were enrolled.
– For them, the smallest problem is to get a job, and the salary of a beginner is around 500 euros. They can earn more than 1,000 euros – says Radosavljevic. – Those who decide to enroll, mostly, state that as their first wish. We have students who have points to enroll where they want, but they want to be train drivers. It is mostly a family tradition.
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