Today I sat and passed the exam for crossing keeper on the railway (including rules), and my PTS (Personal Track Safety) exam. The PTS qualification is a requirement for many jobs on the railway as it allows access to the track and trackside. I completed the day by acting as crossing keeper at Cheddleton, getting quite wet in this afternoon's downpours!
So, having qualified in the initial role and in PTS, the way is open to commence signalman training at Consall box or possibly Leekbrook.
EDIT - First session will be at Consall Box.