NSAR has been awarded a grant by UFI Charitable Trust to fund a project to encourage young unemployed adults to consider careers within digital rail. Central to the project is the innovative way that technology will be used, working with a specialist technology partner to develop a digital platform, called ’Trax’. It will host a series of videos that explore the roles and skills of specific rail employees. The young adults will be able to access the videos via mobile devices and social media sites, such as Snap Chat and Instagram.
Paul Maynard, Rail Minister:
“We are delivering the greatest investment in our railways since Victorian times to give passengers the services they rightly expect. Digital railways are an important part of that transformation and will allow us to run a greater number of services for passengers. It is vital that the next generation of rail employees have the skills to operate in this exciting new environment.”
David Waboso, Managing Director of Digital Rail added, “With Britain’s network being the fastest growing in Europe, digital modernisation is the best value way to deliver the capacity and performance improvements required to sustain it. I am pleased to support a project that has its focus on the future of rail and how it can provide jobs and growth opportunities.”
The initial pilot will focus on reaching the 60,000 unemployed young people (aged 18 to 24) in London and the South East of England through the DWP Job Centre Plus network. Assistance will be sought from rail employers to help create content that is relevant and appealing. The aim is for the young adults who complete the video courses to be signposted to job roles within digital rail or be directed to other opportunities through NSAR Connect and the National Training Partnership.
Following the pilot, ‘Trax’ will be rolled out across the UK to support the rail industry in filling the forecasted 5,000 digital roles, while at the same time addressing its employment diversity targets.
Mike Brown, MVO, TfL Commissioner and NSAR and STAT Chair said, “I welcome the opportunity that this project will open up for young adults to explore the possibilities of a career within the digital rail industry.”
For more information about this project please contact Sharman Cunningham at email@example.com