Infrabel launches academy for railway technology
Belgian railway managing company Infrabel has launched on Thursday its project for an academy for railway technology in Molenbeek near Brussels. By 2020 the new training facility will offer specialized training for 500 people.
In the 20 million euro infrastructure students will have a practice hall, an external zone with railway tracks, overhead wires and a 3D simulator. At Infrabel some 500 new people are hired yearly to work on the railway network or at one of the switch towers. Demand for technical profiles is high and technology is changing fast.
One in four retiring
Today Infrabel has lots of older people on the payroll. “We expect one on four employees to retire the next four years”, Infrabel CEO Luc Lallemand says. “These people have a lot of know-how that we have to keep and pass on to prepare for our future.”