News release May 2019
PMC Rail – New training academy for the railroad industry
PMC Rail International Academy has set up a new training academy on the grounds of the "Neue Bahnstadt Opladen" in Leverkusen-Opladen, Germany. In the medium term, over 1,000 national and international students will be trained in many different areas of the railway infrastructure each year.
High investments in the expansion and maintenance of the railway infrastructure require a steady supply of qualified specialists and skilled workers. This is where PMC Rail International Academy steps in. Since 2017, the company has been providing comprehensive training programs and further education measures for specialists and executives of track construction companies and railroad operators.
The training courses are taught independently of the manufacturer of the railroad equipment. Following the successful performance of the previous location in Bingen am Rhein, Germany, the academy is now moving its headquarters to Leverkusen-Opladen, Germany. The subsidiary PMC Media House - a specialized publishing house for the railroad industry, public transport, logistics and maritime sectors - is relocating its headquarters to the new facilities, too.
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The new facilities are located in the three-storey academy – equipped with administrative rooms, seminar rooms, training simulators, a cafeteria and functional rooms on an area of around 3,000m². The construction was completed in March 2019.
Many factors were included in the choice of the new company location. Ultimately, Leverkusen-Opladen prevailed due to the excellent transport connections, as well as the historical background and connection of the area to the railroad industry.
"Which area would have been more suitable for a future-oriented academy, than the grounds of the former repair shop and track construction yard of the federal German railroad, Deutsche Bahn – an area with a railroad past and a railroad future.", Says PMC Rail managing director Antonio Intini.
With the relocation to the new facilities, PMC Rail will create about a dozen new jobs for the academy. When looking for highly qualified coaches and trainers in the areas of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, hydraulics, superstructure technology and locomotive driving, it is very beneficial for PMC Rail to be located in one of the most populated areas of Germany.
Around 1,000 students expected every year
With more than 520 students in 2018, the spatial capacities of the previous location in Bingen am Rhein, Germany, were exhausted. The new academy in Leverkusen, Germany, offers significantly more opportunities in this regard.
In the medium term, an increase in the number of participants to more than 1,000 students per year is expected. These will each spend up to six weeks in Leverkusen - a good prospect for the catering and hotel industry in Opladen. "PMC Rail is focusing on meeting the demands for training in the international rail industry and is building for the future. It is extremely important for this location to have an academy that trains in the field of the railway industry," said Uwe Richrath – Mayor of Leverkusen, Germany.