WINNIPEG, Sept. 28, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI)
announced today a revitalized company-wide employee training program to
meet the learning needs of CN's current and future railroaders. The
initiative will be anchored by two modern training centres to be built
in Winnipeg, Man., and in suburban Chicago, Ill.
"These facilities will be the centrepiece of CN's enhanced railroader
training program," said Claude Mongeau, CN president and chief
executive officer. "The centres in both Canada and the United States
will include a modern training curriculum and equipment to effectively
train a new generation of railroaders."
CN broke ground today on the Winnipeg centre during a ceremony attended
by CN employees, labour leaders, special guests Manitoba Premier Greg
Selinger, Transcona Member of Parliament Lawrence Toet, Winnipeg Mayor
Sam Katz, and other provincial and local officials, in Transcona, home
of CN's main Canadian heavy repair shops. CN is also planning to begin
construction next year on a similar training centre adjacent to its
Woodcrest Mechanical Shop, located in Homewood, Ill.
The 100,000-square-foot facility in Winnipeg will host 250 to 300
employees a week. In the U.S., the approximately 75,000-square-foot
centre will host 100 to 125 employees a week. New hires and existing
employees working jobs ranging from conductor to locomotive mechanic,
and from track supervisor to signal maintainer, will receive
state-of-the art training at the centres. Over the last four years, CN
has hired thousands of new railroaders as long-service employees retire
and leave the company. Workforce renewal is a major priority for CN and
will be in the coming years.
Employees attending CN's learning centres will receive hands-on training
in indoor learning laboratories with key equipment such as locomotive
simulators and dispatcher stations. Outdoor labs with dedicated rolling
stock and other equipment for field training also will be a key focus
of the learning centres.
The training programs will have a uniform curriculum, with dedicated
local staff at each location. The significant and ongoing investment in
this program and these facilities is designed to strengthen CN's safety
culture and prepare a new generation of safety-conscious railroaders.
"Our elevated training program reflects CN's commitment to Operational
and Service Excellence," Mongeau said. "We hope this training program
and these centres will ultimately become a benchmark for the railroad
CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway
subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver,
Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala.,
and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit,
Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul,
Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North
America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.
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