The National Skills Academy for Rail 

NSAR COVID-19 Guidance

NSAR is working closely with the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education (“The Institute”) to monitor the situation.

We remain committed to supporting you at this challenging time, to protecting apprentices and to minimising disruption as much as possible during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Railway Industry EDI Charter

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) and Women in Rail (WR) have launched a Charter to champion equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the UK railway industry.

NSAR has become a signatory company reflecting our commitment to championing EDI in the rail industry, and to work together to build a more balanced and fair, and high performing sector.

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Medway Lunchtime Webinars: 2021

Explore how an Apprentice can help your business bounce back and thrive in 2021! 

Medway Council’s Apprenticeship Advice Service is keen to fast-track your understanding and enable you to bring exciting new talent into your business.

Hear from experts answering; ‘How?’, ‘What?’ and ‘Why?’ regarding Apprenticeships.

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Introducing Routes into Rail

With billions of pounds being invested in rail over the next decade, the demand for the next generation of engineers, data analysts, project managers and customer service assistants has never been greater.

To highlight the wide range of exciting opportunities within rail, the sector has collaborated to create a new website, Routes into Rail.

View exciting opportunities within rail, view the latest vacancies & see what a career in rail really looks like. Think career, think rail.

NSAR 2020 Annual Report is available to download

Even against the backdrop of COVID-19, NSAR continued to build on the strong foundations laid in the previous year.

The Report a represent a culmination of the advocacy and activity that the rail industry can be proud of!

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Back on Track Report

New research by City & Guilds and NSAR paints a stark picture for the future of the rail workforce, with skills shortages set to escalate significantly in the sector over the next five years in the “Back on Track” report.

The report includes findings from research undertaken by YouGov and data from NSAR on 242,000 workers in the rail industry.

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Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT): Fourth Annual Report

The fourth Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT) Annual Report has been published.

With contributions from NSAR, the report marks the four-year milestone of the work STAT has done to deliver the Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy. 

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Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy (TIES) Living Lab

A partnership between the UK Government, its agency Innovate UK and firms including Kier and Costain is an initiative harnessing the vast quantities of intelligence that UK infrastructure projects generate, that can help identify modern methods of construction. Click the button below to find out more.

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NSAR Membership

NSAR members benefit from being part of a network of employers, training and skills organisations, private providers, in-company training providers, Further Education Colleges and Universities operating across the UK. We…

T-Levels capital fund

Check out new guidance regarding the T Level Capital Fund (TLCF). The TLCF is to help eligible further education providers have world class facilities for the delivery of T Levels. …

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NSAR works with education, training providers and industry leading companies to ensure there is an effective supply chain to deliver skilled people for the industry.

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We are dedicated and passionate about ensuring that high quality, cost effective training is available and being delivered to meet your needs of the industry.

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