The MTR Academy, a training institute set up by MTR Corporation, officially began operations on Thursday, aiming to nurture skills related to provision and operation of railway services.
In its first offering, the school took in students for a two-year higher diploma course in railway engineering, Sing Tao Daily reports.
Thirty students will be admitted each year to the course, for which the tuition fee will be HK$40,000. The first batch of students will graduate in 2018.
MTR Corp. established the institute for the purpose of training railway management and operation personnel and to enhance the quality of railway services.
The academy will introduce a short course starting next month where railway fans can enjoy a feeling of driving a train through the use of a simulator.
The course will involve fees ranging from HK$200 to HK$1,000. The school says it expects more than a thousand people to enroll for the short course next year.
The institute’s president, Morris Cheung Siu-wa, was quoted as saying that courses are designed and taught by MTR specialists, emphasizing on both theories and practical work.
In the two-year higher diploma program, students will study basic core subjects in the first year and go into specific areas in the second. They will be able to get a chance to work in MTR Corp. during the course of their study.
The course will be divided into four sections in terms of study — power distribution, signals and communications, railways, and rail vehicles.
The course can serve as a bridge to some university programs in the UK, including the Railway Signal course at the University of Birmingham, Cheung said, according to hk01.com.
Many people are interested in railway studies, he said, adding that the course will provide an opportunity for graduates to join MTR Corp.
He stressed that MTR has well-established procedures for recruiting staff and that each position has its relevant entry requirements.
However, people who take up the course will boost their chances of getting employed by the rail operator, given the knowledge and skills they will gain.
The course, which will be taught in mainly Cantonese with some English in the form of two to three evening meetings per week, has been rated a fourth grade course under the Qualifications Framework.
Meanwhile, the academy’s short course “Railway 101″ will be available on weekdays at a cost of HK$200 for a two-hour session. Each class will cater to 15 students.
MTR’s new training school is located at the Hung Hom MTR Station.
Spread over an area of 21,000 square feet, it has four classrooms, a library and a comprehensive training equipment room, as well as an analogue central control center and four rail transit system models.
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