19 October 2017
Training the next generation of rail staff
MPI & Siemens working in partnership to fill the rail skills gap
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12 September 2017
Ready for DSEI 2017
The stand is complete and we're ready to go for a great week at DSEI 2017. Come along to Stand N3-40
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09 August 2017
Site machinery and operator services made easy
We've joined together with C.T.A Plant LTD to streamline the way site-based machinery and operators
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02 August 2017
MPI – Setting the Pace and Standards for Quality!
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01 August 2017
MPI at DSEI Exhibition 2017
MPI’s Aviation and Defence team will be exhibiting at Defence and Security Equipment International (
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07 March 2017
Railtex 2017, 9-11 May
We’re thrilled to be once again exhibiting at Railtex at the NEC on Stand K66.
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23 November 2016
MPI Aviation Apprenticeship Success
Tom Roberts was awarded a Bronze in the 2016 World Skills Competition
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26 September 2016
Off-Payroll Reforms
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07 September 2016
MPI Contractors Nominated for Rail Staff Awards
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09 August 2016
WorldSkills Success for MPI Aviation Apprentice
One of MPI’s Aviation apprentices, Tom Roberts, has successfully qualified for the WorldSkills Natio
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15 February 2016
MPI on the move!
From Monday 7th March our Hertford office will be moving.
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25 November 2015
A Job Well Done!
Final commissioning of Earthing of 70 location cases for mcNicholas/Network Rail
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19 October 2017
Training the next generation of rail staff

Staff are probably more aware now than ever before about the risk posed by excessive travel to and from railway worksites, yet it continues to be an issue. Where engineering skills are in short supply, staff will often need drafting in from far afield. Any major future infrastructure projects with work sites that span large geographical areas have the potential to compound the problem.

To help solve this, MPI has been working with Siemens Rail Automation for the past five years to fill a void in the industry for signalling installation technicians. Last month, the first intake of rail signalling installation trainees to support signalling schemes in Scotland were welcomed at Siemens’ new Cambuslang depot just outside of Glasgow, where they will be based.

Eighteen MPI trainees have been selected to take part. “A lot of them are asking what’s the catch?” said Simon Henser, a director at MPI. “The catch is they’ve got to be committed and got to show a great attitude towards safety.”

Trainees will complete Basic Signalling 1 (BS1) and BS2 courses, which will give them the underpinning knowledge and experience in railway signalling they need to become IRSE-licensed installers.

Trainees initially undertake a 12-week work experience placement before completing a 10-day signalling engineering BS1/BS2/SPWEE course. They then work as a trainee installer for six to nine months before working through a six-day electrical installation course.

Read more about the scheme in Rail Engineer here