The National Skills Academy for Rail 

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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Former RIA Director General, Jeremy Candfield passes away

It is with great sadness that we inform you that former RIA Director General, Jeremy Candfield, passed away on Sunday 1st November 2020 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.


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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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like-minded entities, sharing specialist knowledge and expertise in all aspects of rail focused on delivery and maintenance of UK rail. 

Skills Intelligence

We provide up to date industry insights using our expertise and a range IT tools. Our skills intelligence allows the rail and peripheral organisations to make the right decisions.

Skills & Training

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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