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

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

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

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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:

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

1 December 2015


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 - Terence Watson delivers the keynote address

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.

The keynote speech was delivered by Terence Watson, Country President of Alstom & co-Chair of the Rail Supply Group (RSG). Terence’s speech was followed by presentations from leading figures of rail and skills sectors.

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National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) officially opened by Transport Minister, Claire Perry MP

20 October 2015


The National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) was officially opened by Transport Minister
Claire Perry on Tuesday, 20th October. The state-of-the-art training facility is now ready for the first intake of students.

The academy was established in response to a forecast skills shortage of around 8,000 people over the next ten years, caused by factors such as the technological advancement of rolling stock, an ageing workforce, and significant investment and growth in the industry.

An innovative agreement between the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) with support from the Department for Transport (DfT) has provided half the funds required to build NTAR, with Siemens contributing the other 50 per cent. The 50/50 funding agreement will release 50% of the academy’s training capacity to the wider UK industry, with the remainder used by Siemens’s own rail sector employees.

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Traction & Rolling Stock Skills Forecasting Report 2015: the industry requires significantly more people and skills

19 June 2015

T&RS Long image

The rail industry is currently experiencing a skills shortage; over 8,000 additional traction and rolling stock workers will be required over the 10-year period up to 2025.

The Traction & Rolling Stock (T&RS) Skills Forecasting report builds upon the findings of the 2012 study, analysing the current T&RS workforce and future requirements over the next 10 years up to 2025, with a greater degree of granularity than the earlier study provided. Recommendations for managing the skills gap have also been identified and outlined.

It is forecast that over the next 10 years, 3,300 new workers are needed as a result of additional workload in T&RS, of whom 1,800 are required to facilitate major new rolling stock procurement programmes. The additional workload is derived from an increased national fleet size, which is expected to grow to over 21,000 vehicles, together with additional project work arising from the introduction of ETCS equipment.

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