Birmingham business post award

RSS Infrastructure Ltd (RSSI) and INFRA Skills have been shortlisted for the ‘Professional Services’ category as part of the Birmingham Post Business Awards 2018’.

The Awards aim to celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies in Birmingham who are boosting the economy while making a positive contribution to the local community.

As part of the nomination submission process, the company provided evidence that demonstrated how it has demonstrated strengths in service excellence, business growth, innovation, technology, training and personal development.

RSSI has for the last 6 years been focusing on being at the forefront of technological innovations that deliver increased levels of safety and productivity. These core principles have been the cornerstone of the business and resulted in a series of initiatives that include the Semi-Automatic Track Warning System, Rostering and Fatigue Monitoring and Safe Driver Control Methods. This has also led to the company becoming a Midland Metro Alliance partner where it has been an integral part of both the design and development of the tram infrastructure.

The company is well-known within the industry for pioneering new methods of safety and enhancing productivity and efficiency through technology. This continued commitment to innovation resulted in RSSI being one of the first rail companies in the UK to develop a mobile application that allows both drivers and workers to submit Close Calls and raise any safety concerns, which are actively managed by the company’s compliance team. The application allows workers to submit vehicle inspection reports directly to the Fleet department ensuring vehicles are kept in a roadworthy and safe state. Furthermore, the application allows for the submission of site inspections and end of shift reports, which provides extensive insight and means that the company can actively engage with its workforce to ensure projects are completed on time.

INFRA Skills’ has received a ‘Gold’ standard from NSAR for its rail training and is also able to deliver; Lantra, Health and Safety, CITB, Apprenticeships and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training. The company’s vision is to provide professional training programmes that will ultimately help to reduce the industry age and skills gap. To achieve this the company has developed strong working links with the armed forces, disability programmes, charities, local councils, ex-offenders and local community engagement initiatives.

It is initiatives like this that have enabled the group to buck the current trend within the industry which currently has an average S&T worker age of 57 and an average worker age of 47 whilst the number of female workers operating within the sector is currently at 9%. Thanks to these initiatives the average S&T age for RSSI workers is 41, average worker age of 37 and over 28% of its workforce is female.

Commenting about the shortlisting, Richard Toy, CEO of RSS Infrastructure and INFRA Skills Limited, said “Being shortlisted for the ‘Professional Services’ award is a distinguished honour and is testament to the ground-breaking work that we are doing here at RSS Infrastructure and INFRA Skills to deliver way in which our clients can benefit from increased levels of productivity and safety.”