News Flash: NSARE becomes NSAR - The National Skills Academy for Rail

News Flash: NSAR to support Rail Supply Group in developing Rail Skills Strategy

News Flash: NSAR welcomes the Transport and Infrastructure Skills Strategy Report

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NSAR is re-awarded with BS 11000 standard for collaborative business relationships

11 April

BS11000LogoIn March 2016, National Skills Academy for Rail was re-awarded the prestigious BS 11000 Standard for Collaborative Business Relationships. NSAR was the smallest organisation to achieve BS 11000, the new British Standard for Collaborative Working in May 2013.

NSAR’s successful re-certification of BS 11000 has been a result of the tangible benefits delivered to the organisations with which it partners. In the three-year period since initial certification in 2013, there has been regular audit of embedded best practice by the Standard’s regulative authority BSI. NSAR has consistently demonstrated adherence to the framework’s principles and exhibited the key behaviours that underpin the entire approach: trust and collaboration.

NSAR’s CEO, Neil Robertson said: “NSAR encourages greater use of quality systems in Rail. We work in collaboration with all parts of rail; hence we want to make sure we demonstrate consistency and good practice in our partnerships. BS 11000 helps us do that. “

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NSAR welcomes Nicola Shaw’s endorsement of the importance of skills

16 March

ShawReportThe Department for Transport has today (Wednesday 16 March) published Nicola Shaw’s review into the future shape and financing of Network Rail from the start of Control Period 6 (2019).

NSAR welcomes the findings of Shaw Report on skills and endorses the strong recommendations in support of rail future skills and diversity. On behalf of the industry, NSAR is already delivering the Skills Delivery Plan.

Neil Robertson, NSAR’s CEO said: "NSAR is already working with all parts of the industry on the skills plan- there is much to do."

Nicola Shaw said: "People are one of the railway’s greatest assets. But the industry as a whole needs to support and grow the pool of skilled and talented people working in the railway better."

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Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan Workshop

The Rail industry came together at Rail Skills Delivery Plan Workshops to to identify the sector skills approach, activity and interventions required to ensure rail businesses have the people and skills required to develop, maintain and operate the GB railway; now and in the future.

Now we will analyse the data and consider the whole trajectory from identification of skills needs and workforce planning through sector attractiveness, capability development requirements, qualifications, standards and assurance.  The skills delivery plan will respond to the Government’s TISS Report, as well as the Rail Supply Group’s sector strategy and the delivery of CP5 & CP6 projects.

NSAR welcomes the Transport and Infrastructure Skills Strategy Report and supports the rail sector in stepping up to the challenge

28 January 2016

TISSNSAR welcomes the launch of the Transport and Infrastructure Skills Strategy Report (TISS) published on 28th January by the Department for Transport under the leadership of Terry Morgan CBE and supports the vision, analysis and the challenging recommendations placed by the strategy.

Through a sector wide collaboration, NSAR will support the rail industry and its supply chain to deliver the step change needed.

NSAR will be holding three skills delivery plan workshops in March to identify the sector skills approach, activity and interventions required to ensure rail businesses have the people and skills required to develop, maintain and operate the GB railway; now and in the future. We will consider the whole trajectory from identification of skills needs and workforce planning through sector attractiveness, capability development requirements, qualifications, standards and assurance.  The skills delivery plan will respond to the Government’s TISS Report, as well as the Rail Supply Group’s sector strategy and the delivery of CP5 & CP6 projects.

For more information how you can get involved in the sector skills delivery plan please contact Stefan Berci: Stefan.berci@nsar.co.uk

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Less is more. NSARE becomes NSAR – The National Skills Academy for Rail

1 December 2015

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At NSARE’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 1st December, attended by delegates from more than 50 Member organisations, the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) changed its name to National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) to reflect that its service now extends to the whole rail industry, including operations, service delivery and digital technology.

This is not a strategic shift - NSAR will continue to focus on our pressing engineering skills shortages, providing skills intelligence, quality assurance services, supporting apprenticeship standards, and strategic advice on skills and workforce development. We are grateful for the generous support we have already had from RDG, individual TOCs and the ROSCOs. Rail now has the single focal point on skills it needs and deserves.

NSAR Skills Update

One of the highlights of this year’s AGM held at the National Training Academy for Rail in Northampton was the Skills Update. The event examined recent developments in rail skills and how the industry is responding.

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