Yekaterinburg training centre graduates first female assistant locomotive drivers
The first six women to participate in the Russian Railways’ training programm for female drivers in Yekaterinburg have successfully passed the exams and received their qualification certificates as assistant locomotive drivers. This is the first necessary step to entering the profession of train driver.
The six women will be able to start work from 1 January 2021 thanks to the changes the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation has made to the list of professions open for women.
All six assistant locomotive drivers will work at the Sverdlovsk Railway training centre on the EP2K series electric locomotives that pull passenger trains on the Yekaterinburg – Perm, Yekaterinburg – Druzhinino and Yekaterinburg – Tyumen routes.
The EP2K electric locomotives are ergonomic and fully controlled electronically. The train saloons are equipped with sanitary facilities, refrigerators and microwave ovens.
As assistants to the drivers, the six assistant locomotive drivers will monitor instrument readings, control the locomotive’s operation, and monitor the readings of traffic lights, signal signs and indicators to ensure maximum train safety.
In June 2020, Russian Railways announced that it was recruiting people as part of the programme for training of women assistant drivers. The training programme lasts 24 weeks and includes theoretical and practical lessons. The women study the rules of technical operations on railway transport and labour protection provisions, as well as the structure of rolling stock.
At the moment, 51 more girls are currently undergoing training. It is planned that the next group will take their exams and receive their qualification certificates as assistant drivers in December 2020.