The Regional Government of Madrid will complete the hiring of 100 new train drivers to join the Metro workforce in October
The Regional Government of Madrid will complete the recruitment process of 100 new Metro train drivers on 5 October. The latest 11 professionals who are currently completing their training process under this selection procedure will begin rendering their services on that day, in addition to another 89 that have joined the workforce in August.
The Vice-President and Regional Councillor for Sport, Transparency and Regional Spokesperson, Ignacio Aguado, and the Regional Councillor for Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, Ángel Garrido, today visited the train simulator and classrooms at the site in Canillejas, where these 11 future train drivers are completing their training.
The recruitment of these new train drivers has gradually taken place over the course of the summer. On 9 August, a total of 44 drivers began work, in addition to a further 45 on 21 August. These figures will be completed by the 11 that will join the workforce on 5 October. In total, the company will strengthen its workforce and continue its ongoing commitment to improving the service it offers its users with these 14 women and 86 men, in line with the expected increase in the number of passengers.
“As a government, we have a commitment to the ongoing improvement in public services in the Region of Madrid. That is why we carry on working to ensure that Metro de Madrid continues to be what it is today - one of the finest underground systems in the world”, underlined Ignacio Aguado.
During today’s visit, the Vice-President of the Regional Government and Ángel Garrido had the chance to watch the training being undertaken by the future train drivers, who used the train simulator to put into practice the knowledge acquired regarding the internal driving rules of Metro de Madrid.
Furthermore, during the visit, the two councillors also greeted the 30 new sector heads who will soon join the workforce and who are part of the selection process being carried out by Metro de Madrid for 350 new professionals to enhance customer care in stations.
SELECTION AND TRAINING OF DRIVERS
In order to be hired as a train driver, Metro de Madrid underwent a pre-selection process of candidates through the Public Employment Service of the Regional Government of Madrid, which then continued with an aptitude test comprising two parts: skills and personality tests. Candidates were then given a medical examination and began the specific training for the tasks to be performed.
This course is comprised of a theoretical and a practical part. The theoretical part concerns specific knowledge relating to the post of train driver, as well as other subject matters, such as the legislation affecting train movements, knowledge of rolling stock, incident resolution, labour risks, customer care and driving on test tracks. The training process ends with practice on actual train lines.
The training process finalises with practical tests on the actual train lines. This new recruitment drive comes on top of the 360 train drivers that began rendering their services for Metro in 2016; the 350 customer care sector heads who joined the company to provide services in stations and another 200 maintenance workers, among others.
In addition to the hiring of 100 new train drivers, the Regional Government of Madrid is already working on the formalities for the purchase of 60 new trains. Of these, 32 will replace models that need updating while 28 new trains will cover the needs of increased demand.
Furthermore, Metro de Madrid is immersed in the development of the Accessibility and Inclusion Plan 2016-2020, with a budget allocation of 145.7 million euros, under which the number of lifts in stations available to the 2.3 million underground users has been increased to 529. Furthermore, the Regional Government of Madrid continues to develop the Modernisation Plan on stations in the Metro system to renew 33 of the oldest stations in the network, thanks to an investment of 89 million euros.
Work is currently being carried out at Plaza Elíptica, Príncipe de Vergara, Bilbao, Tribunal and Gran Vía stations. In addition, public works have been awarded over recent weeks on Arturo Soria, Alfonso XIII, Esperanza and Prosperidad stations.