Valencia, 20 April 2023. – This morning took place the inauguration of the new program of the Fundación Valenciaport for the joint obtaining of the Train Driver’s License and Driving Diploma.
The opening session was attended by Rubén Marín, Deputy Director General of the Valencia Port Authority, who welcomed the students; Pedro Catalán, General Manager of CSP Logitren and Ana Rumbeu, Training Director of the Fundación Valenciaport, who presented the entities that support this programme and its objectives, and Mª Carmen Estela, Training Technician of the Fundación Valenciaport, who presented the academic regulations.
Afterwards, José Cantero, Logitren engine driver, gave the first session of the course in which he explained to the students the working environment of the engine driver, the history of the railway, the basic legislation and the main railway companies.
This first edition has 14 students, most of them men (86% compared to 14% women) and with an average age of 30 years old.
The aim of this course is to obtain both the train driver’s licence and the diploma certifying the minimum general knowledge required for category B certificates. Obtaining the Driving Licence and Diploma together with the corresponding Certificate entitles the holder to drive trains on the RFIG (General Interest Railway Network).
The Fundación Valenciaport, which last February got the homologation as a training centre for railway staff, launched this programme in March, becoming the first railway school linked to a port.
The course includes a total of 1,150 teaching hours, with 650 hours of theory and 500 hours of practical training. The theoretical part of the programme will be taught at the Fundación Valenciaport facilities, which will give way to 500 hours of practical work, some of which will be carried out on board Logitren trains, a railway company located in the Port of Valencia with whom the Fundación Valenciaport has signed a collaboration agreement for practical work. The rest will be completed with visits, workshops and practical activities in terminals with railway connection, all of this to contribute to a better and more specialised training of the students.