At NSAR’s seventh Annual General Meeting and Skills Symposium, attended by delegates from more than 80 Member organisations, the HS2 CEO, Mark Thurston was announced as a new Board Director together with two co-opted board directors: Kirsty Derry, HR Director at East Midlands Trains and Darren Caplan, RIA Chief Executive.
Guy Wilmshurst-Smith, Network Rail Training delivered the keynote address at the NSAR Skills Symposium. Guy talked about the future training provisions and the skills landscape in the UK for the next few years ahead. Also, he pointed that e-Learning is very important to Network Rail at the moment and that the Digital Rail increases demand for higher end skills.
Anna Delvecchio who represented RSG &RDG talked about The Rail Sector Deal proposals and its focus on three pillars: accelerating the delivery of the Digital Railway; Significantly enhancing the customer experience; Delivering a sustainable UK rail sector increasing productivity.
At the end, Neil Franklin of NSAR engaged with the audience and presented NSAR’s new services for the rail sector: The Skills Intelligence Model (SIM) and NSAR-Connect.
Neil said: “It is very important to look at Strategic Workforce Planning as an end to end process. NSAR offers critical services that can predict the need for workforce training and hiring based on factors like future investment levels”
Using the SIM NSAR can understand:
- Today’s Workforce – providing and analysis of today’s available workforce, demonstrated using a range of variable features such as geography, age, gender, skill level and work type
- Investment Plans – collating all available investment information thus providing an overview of industry investment
- Future Workforce – forecasting future numbers of people and skills required in geographical locations, over different time periods, based on investment levels
- Gap Analysis offers a comparison of today’s available workforce against tomorrow’s predicted demand, enabling skills shortages to be anticipated, that in turn inform the early stages of a Strategic Workforce Plan
Please click here to see the full master presentation from the day.