The National Skills Academy for Rail is an organisation established to enable the sector to deliver a modern and efficient, world class railway through the development of a highly skilled and productive workforce.
NSARE was established in November 2010, and NSARE Limited was incorporated in January 2011 as a ‘not for profit’ company, wholly owned by its Members. In December 2015, we dropped the ‘E’ from our name to reflect the wider industry view that we focus on all aspects of the rail industry not the engineering elements. Today we have in excess of 360 Member organisations and in June 2013, we were presented with our BS 11000 Certificate of Registration for Collaborative Business Relationships.
Update: on 1st December 2016, Minister of State, John Hayes announced the Transport for London chief Mike Brown as new Chairman of NSAR
Voice of the Industry
NSAR is the leading voice of the rail industry for people and skills and provides advice on a wide range of issues. NSAR exerts its influence in several ways such as, taking a position in the media, direct discussion with government ministers, participation on governance and strategic industry bodies and committees, discussions with civil servants, responses to consultation documents on behalf and through production of research and policy papers.
Our key activities include:
Voice of the Rail Industry
NSAR occupies a unique position sitting between the key stakeholder groups in the sector having strong links to each. This enables us to lobby Government on behalf of the industry and provides an efficient and effective route for Government to consult with the industry on skills.
People & Talent Planning
This is an essential HR responsibility and one that concerns every organisation. We can support you by helping you to determine the shape, size and skill sets needed now and into the future so that you are well placed to maximise opportunities to grow your business. We can also work with you to develop strategies to retain skilled people and generate the managers of the future.
With the industry set to go though a major period of change in the coming years requiring a transition of skills from those needed for today’s railway to those for the future railway. Managing this transition process is a key task for organisation and one that NSAR is best placed to support.
- Skills gap analysis
- Sector, geographic and company focus
- Forecasting by skill sets
- Diversity targeting
Development of Apprenticeship Standards and Assessment Plans
The Government has introduced new Apprenticeship Standards (known as Trailblazers) which will replace the existing Apprenticeship Frameworks from 2017 onwards. The changes put the onus on employers to develop the new Standards, end point assessment plans and delivery models.
NSAR is supporting the Rail Engineering Apprenticeship Employers Group in the development of new Apprenticeship Standards from Operative to Master Degree to make Rail Apprenticeships more flexible and focussed to address future business needs and embrace the scale of technological and operational change faced by the industry.
NSAR supports employers in the development of Apprenticeships through:
- Project management and delivery
- Facilitating and hosting workshops with employers, training providers and awarding organisations
- Consultation on proposals for new standards, end point assessment proposals and delivery mechanisms
- Creating a network of quality learning provision to deliver the new standards
- Development of end point assessment and assessor resources
- Advice on internal and external quality assurance
The Apprenticeship levy affects all organisations both large and small. We can explain what this means to you, the financial implications and how to implement the levy scheme within your business.
For those business that wish to recruit apprentices but don’t have the necessary resources we provide an end-to-end managed service.
- Levy calculator
- How to access and optimise funding
- Upskilling of your existing workforce
- Internal reporting and tracking of progress
- Managed Apprenticeship Service
- Internal reporting and tracking of progress
Placement Service – NSAR-Connect
We make the task of taking on an apprentice simple and easy. We provide an end to end managed recruitment and training service by pooling demand and brokering collaboration between employers to share investment and reduce costs. This will appeal to employers who can only engage a very limited number of apprentices as we can pool the candidates across a number of employers to create a viable cohort that makes commercial sense.
- Placement service for apprentices
- Pre-screening of candidates
- New entrant career role and route mapping
- National network of assured training provision
Our QA team is dedicated and passionate about ensuring that high quality, cost effective training and assessment is available and being delivered to meet the needs of the industry. We make sure that training and assessment provision is to the standards demanded by the industry and take action where providers are failing to deliver so that you are assured of the quality provision your staff are receiving.
The benefits to your business are higher productivity, increased revenue, improved customer satisfaction, greater retention of workers and enhanced company reputation.
- Effective NSAR accreditation and directory of national assured training and assessment providers
- Standard rating quality assurance visits addressing Quality of Provision, Leadership & Management including ED&I, Continuous Improvement and Learner Outcome
- Quality Assurance of trainer and assessor CPD
ITT documents are becoming become prescriptive around responses to the skills and development of people, for those ‘must win’ bids it is worth bringing in expert and objective consultancy to challenge your thinking, help you develop the winning strategy or simply review what your bid team have written.
- Assistance with bid writing
- Review of bid documents prior to submission
- People and Talent planning
- Apprenticeship levy
Training facilities and academies
NSAR’s National Network supports professional development and training throughout the UK. This includes Network Rail, National College for High Speed Rail, private providers, specialist centres e.g National Training Academy for Rail and strategic partner FE Colleges and Universities. The network ensures there is access to quality professional development and training throughout the UK.
As part of the network, you are aligning your organisation with other like-minded organisations across the country, offering the best in the field of education and training specifically tailored to rail.
Our role in NSAR is to support the network members by representing their interests, promoting the results they achieve and connecting them with opportunities for even greater success.
- Business feasibility studies
- Development of national network of Centres of Excellence
- Curriculum development
- Delivery model and methods of assessment
Networking and Industry Workshops
We know that members really value being at the forefront of driving the skills agenda; workshops, advisory and employer groups, supported by white papers, will provide regular opportunities to learn from other organisations how challenges have been identified and overcome.
Smaller organisations will benefit from being able to access industry leaders who can provide professional specialist input as and when required. It is knowing who to talk to when problems occur that will make finding solutions and dealing with a variety of challenges easier.
NSAR’s programme of regular networking and industry workshops provide the perfect opportunity for organisations to debate, share knowledge and develop solutions to common issues and challenges in a non-competitive environment.
SkillsID: Supporting employers & assured providers
SkillsID is an online record of an individual’s skills, competencies, qualifications and training plans that is accessible by both the employer (sponsor) and the individual and with verified records updated by the employer (sponsor) and NSAR accredited training & assessment providers.
Benefits for employers include providing them with access to a comprehensive Competency Management System, the ability to comply with national requirements (reducing corporate risk), potential administration savings (including the upload of individuals already on the system), transparency of relevant supply chain competencies, detailed reporting and the ability to setup competencies against job roles to allow for training needs analysis and self-assessment.