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Update from David Packer, CEO - February 2017

Date: 23/02/2017

It’s been a while since my last blog, so there’s some catching up to do! We had a very successful programme of technical events in the autumn of 2016, including a fantastic programme of Section meetings. The highlight was, no doubt, our joint international seminar with the UEEIV (the Union of European Railway Engineering Institutions). Held at the Manchester Conference Centre on the subject of Fixed Track Forms for High Speed Lines, a capacity audience was both captivated ...

PWI Sponsors Arkwright Scholarship

Date: 24/09/2015

 

As part of our commitment to support and encourage the railway engineering profession, the PWI is sponsoring its first Arkwright Scholarship. Madeleine is a year 12 student at Westcliff High School for Girls and will benefit from involvement in PWI events, industry placements and career guidance as part of the Institution’s commitment to her. The Arkwright Scholarship is a two-year commitment from Madeleine and from the PWI. Our aim is to enthuse her with engineering and rail ...

First Professional Registration reviews and launch of PWI’s West of England Section

Date: 24/09/2015

Let me start by welcoming our most recent corporate member, Swietelsky Babcock Rail. With their focus on high quality on-track plant they bring further strength and depth to our corporate group. Our aim is for our corporate members to represent all of the rail infrastructure industry – that breadth will help the Institution to ensure that its products and services meet the needs of all who work on and about the infrastructure. We have just passed the first anniversary of launching ...

PWI Sponsors Arkwright Scholarship

Date: 24/09/2015

As part of our commitment to support and encourage the railway engineering profession, the PWI is sponsoring its first Arkwright Scholarship. Madeleine is a year 12 student at Westcliff High School for Girls and will benefit from involvement in PWI events, industry placements and career guidance as part of the Institution’s commitment to her. The Arkwright Scholarship is a two-year commitment from Madeleine and from the PWI. Our aim is to enthuse her with engineering and rail ...

Exciting plans for 2015

Date: 26/03/2015

It’s been a while since my last blog – my apologies for that. This blog will precede the next edition of The Journal by a few weeks, so it’s a good opportunity for a quick update. We ended 2014 with 100 more members at the end of the year than we had at the beginning. This is the second year of net growth, reversing many years of steadily falling numbers and so is very welcome. Growth in membership was one of the key factors in turning around the PWI’s ...

Award of professional qualifications for PWI members

Date: 12/11/2014

The PWI has just passed another landmark – membership growth of 100 members in 2014. It encourages us to work even harder at providing first-rate services for our members as a basis for further growth. We are now poised for the next step in the Institution’s development, the award of professional qualifications for members.

In my last blog I celebrated the PWI’s success in gaining Professional Affiliate status with the Engineering Council. At the end of last month we had ...

The professional registration project is now gathering pace

Date: 26/09/2014

The AGM in June was held successfully, despite a location that proved to be rather harder to reach than we had expected! We’ll be looking at using a better venue next year. Also in June, Steve Whitmore and I manned the PWI stand at Rail Live. Network Rail kindly hosted us in the large marquee for their High Output team and we were kept pretty busy for the two days. Judging by that event, interest in the PWI is certainly growing.

Another thing that is growing is membership. At the end ...

Perfect Permanent Way Performance

Date: 12/06/2014

Celebrating 131 Permanent Way Course Passes

131 London Underground staff have recently passed the London Underground annual asset knowledge course known as the ‘A’ and ‘B’ classes with flying colours. After 20 weeks of lectures, delegates proudly received their certificates at a presentation hosted by Phil Hufton, Chief Operating Officer and assisted by Paul Bull, Vice President for England for the Permanent Way Institution. 40 delegates who achived over 90% ...