East Midlands Railway to use 3Squared’s Employee Development System for another five years

3Squared commercial director James Fox and East Midlands Railway's Trevor Parkin discuss EDS in 2019.

3Squared, the Sheffield-based rail technology specialists that designs, develops and commissions integrated software solutions for some of the UKs biggest brands within rail and construction, has announced that it has signed a contract extension with East Midlands Railway (EMR) for the continued use of its Employee Development System (EMS).

Part of 3Squared’s Railsmart platform, EDS reduces the administrative burden of employee competency management, helping management to manage and improve the capabilities of a company’s staff. 

EMR is dedicated to bringing in wide-ranging improvements to its services, trains and stations.  As it actively enables users to drive efficiencies at an organisational level whilst contributing to overall safety and environmental measures, the use of EDS will be a key part of this process.

East Midlands Railway, along with its predecessor, East Midlands Trains, has already been using EDS for six years and helped to develop the ground-breaking system alongside 3Squared.  This new extension guarantees the further usage of EDS for another five years.

EDS is a cloud-based platform which features the continuous monitoring and improvement of employee competencies, candidate profiling, improved visibility of employee competency data including medicals, incidents, support plans and previous assessments and a reporting tool provides business insight and better visibility of competency information.

Trevor Parkin, East Midlands Railway.

EMR’s Trevor Parkin, head of operational standards, said: “3Squared’s Employee Development System has been a step change in the way we manage and assess our drivers’ competence. Assessments can be planned more robustly and are carried out with all information for the driver immediately to hand.

“Feedback is delivered instantaneously and signed for in real time. It is also possible to profile a driver’s (and also the assessor’s) performance across their competence cycle. For identifying and managing risk areas within our driver team and therefore reducing the potential for operating incidents, EDS brings huge benefits to our business.”

Lucy Prior, 3Squared.

Lucy Prior, 3Squared business engagement director, said: “We are delighted to sign an extension with EMR.

“EMR and its predecessor, East Midlands Trains, helped to develop EDS so it is particularly pleasing that the train operator will be able to continue to the reap the rewards of using EDS for years to come.”

3Squared supplies expert consultancy and digital solutions, developed to tackle known and emerging rail system challenges. The tools are dynamic and help customers generate actional insight from a suit of intuitive apps which can help inform decision making on the move.

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