- This second edition has 17 students who will be trained for 1,150 hours at the Fundación Valenciaport facilities and on board Logitren trains.
Valencia, 23 October 2023. – This morning saw the inauguration of the 2nd edition of the Fundación Valenciaport programme for the joint award of the Train Driver’s Licence and Driving Diploma.
The opening session was attended by Rubén Marín, Deputy Director General of the Port Authority of Valencia, 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.
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 second edition has 17 students, most of them men (82% compared to 18% women) and with an average age of 30.
The aim of this course is to jointly obtain the train driver’s licence and the diploma accrediting 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 in February this year obtained the homologation as a training centre for railway staff, launched this programme in March, becoming the first railway school linked to a port, and in April inaugurated the first edition of the programme.
The course includes a total of 1,150 teaching hours, of which 650 hours are devoted to the theoretical part and 500 hours to the practical part. 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.