TIES Living Lab Update

Paving the way for smarter railway infrastructure, TIES Living Lab, the ground-breaking collaboration of 25 partners focusing on 10 infrastructure, data research and digital demonstrator projects, is now on the home run to successful completion.  The collaboration, which kicked off in July 2020, has made significant progress on improving the way transport infrastructure is set up within live infrastructure projects that deliver value-adding benefits across the sector.  The 10 projects all have an integral part to play in achieving the project objectives:

  1. Improve the way Transport Infrastructure projects are set up to maximise value
  2. Achieve better assurance of project and programme value and what assets should cost (benchmarking)
  3. Accelerate the wider adoption of MMC (Modern Methods of Construction)
  4. Establish TIES Living Lab as a catalyst for long term cultural change across sectors by making a compelling case for long term HM treasury to scale the facility

As the collaboration prepares for the final push on the acceleration pedal, the projects are driving their way through their checklists and have made notable progress over recent and coming months:

  • September 2021 saw Project 6 – Cable Route Management System (CRMS) Automated Design leading the way in a successful completion of their objective of delivering a digital tool to show how automation can assist with CRMS feasibility analysis and design. The project is now ready for the exploitation phase of the programme.
  • Project 1 – Metrics, Benchmarking & Repository, is on track to complete their repository in April, of which will allow TIES Living Lab partners to be better informed about the performance of their projects, including showing potential for live links to the Intelligent Infrastructure Control Centre.
  • Project 4 – MMC Footbridges, are set to complete their design phase by the end of March for the new innovative footbridge which will meet or exceed the targets of the UK Government 2025 Construction Strategy: 33% lower costs, 50% faster delivery, 50% lower emissions and 50% improvement in exports.
  • Project 5 – MMC Equipment Rooms, are well underway with production on a new generic template for modular equipment rooms which are built off site, reducing future infrastructure investment time, cost and risk.
  • Project 7 – Cooling Panels, has successfully passed a critical Internal Design Review  meeting, allowing them to continue in their work in developing and testing an innovative approach to cooling underground stations.
  • And finally, Project 9 – Advanced Logistics, which sets out to deliver a range of digital solutions to track the status of an asset throughout its lifecycle – from early design to using BIM Asset Tagging to manufacturing, transportation and onsite logistics -have created value beyond the project scope by creating a cloud based advanced logistics platform.

If you would like to stay up-to-date with the latest TIES Living Lab news and successes, please stay tuned and follow us on LinkedIn!

SkillsID: Manage your workforce competency levels at the click of a button

Manage your workforce competency levels at the click of a button using SkillsID. An online tool that enables you to identify your organisation’s level of competence, as well as understanding its commercial ability.  Developed by NSAR in collaboration with rail industry employers, the competency management system enables organisations of all sizes to manage competency levels. 

Want to find out more, visit https://nsar.freshdesk.com/support/home and log an inquiry.

Apprentice of the Year Winners Annouced

The NSAR is thrilled to announce the winners and finalists of its inaugural Rail Apprentice of the Year competition, a national initiative to provide train and freight operators with an opportunity to celebrate success within their apprenticeship programmes and showcase the outstanding achievements of their rail apprentices.

Congratulations to the winners Daiyan Hussain (Level 2 Passenger Transport Operative) and Jahid Khan (Level 3 Train Driver) from MTR Elizabeth Line, and Paul Barlow (Level 4 Passenger Transport Operations Manager) from CrossCountry Trains.  Entrants have been judged again a framework to find the finest apprentices from cohorts including Level 2 Passenger Transport Operatives (PTO), Level 3 Train Drivers (TD) and Level 4 Passenger Transport Operations Managers (PTOM). Candidates were assessed on their achievement within their apprenticeship programme, additional professional development and wider organisational contributions such as, customer excellence, company values, and peer support.

Honourable mentions go to the finalists; Manpreet Bains (TD) and Andrew Gomez (PTO) from Greater Anglia; Mary Curtis (PTOM) from GBRF Intermodal; Carrie Pengelley (TD) and Owen Wild (PTO) from CrossCountry Trains and Kevin Thompson (TD) from Lumo.

With thanks to the judging panel including Network Rail’s HR Director, Kirsty Derry, Operations Director, Darren Ward of West Midlands Trains and NSAR’s own Chief Executive Neil Robertson.

NSAR’s Skills Manager Mike Falconer who coordinated the competition remarks; “We are pleased with the support that the competition has received in its opening year and we are impressed by the quality and diversity of the submissions we have received. We look forward to opening the competition again in 2023 and plan to extend the competition by adding further categories in Digital and Rail Engineering.

Chair of the judging panel and NSAR Chief Executive Neil Robertson comments; “Rail apprentices are the future of the industry and based on the talent we see, the future looks bright! “

Join 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 the website, Routes into Rail. Routes into rail aims to;

  • Be one clear voice for rail creating a coherent and accessible message about the industry
  • Increase interest in studying STEM
  • Engage and attract the best talent to the rail industry
  • Increase the number of people considering and applying for jobs in the rail industry
  • Ensure people feel that the railway is a ‘place’ for them to work, regardless of ethnicity or gender

As Routes into Rail starts its third-year NSAR has created opportunities for more organisations to invest in a sector-wide talent attraction campaign.

Routes into Rail is supported by: Amey,  Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,  HS2,  Network Rail ,  Porterbrook, Railway Industry Association, VolkerWessels UK

We will be contacting our members over the next couple of months with more information on how to get involved. To register your interest please fill in this short form.

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Visit RoutesintoRail.org to find exciting opportunities within rail, view the latest vacancies and see what a career in rail really looks like.

Apprenticeship Week

Today marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 during this week, we celebrate all things Apprenticeships.  theme of ‘Build the Future’ continues from 2021, and focuses on the benefits apprenticeships can have on individuals, businesses, and local communities.
The theme of “Build the Future” continues for its second National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), which will take place between 7 and 13 February 2022.

The 15th annual week-long celebration will take place across England, encouraging individuals of any age to reach their career goals by building their skills and knowledge through an apprenticeship.

To support National Apprenticeship Week 2022 individuals, employers, training providers and communities can get involved by encouraging everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help #BuildTheFuture.

Join the Skills Revolution

The government campaign urging employers to ‘join the skills revolution’ has launched, aiming to help businesses gear up for economic recovery by skilling up their workforce. The campaign highlights the range of support and funding available for businesses wanting to boost their workforce capabilities, including apprenticeships, traineeships and T Levels.

The campaign highlights the range of training and employment schemes available to businesses to help them gear up for economic recovery. Apprenticeships, traineeships and T Levels can help businesses grow by skilling up their employees, driving better results and helping to retain their workforce. Training and employment schemes can help fill skills gaps by developing the [green/digital/STEM] skills that a business needs to succeed.

To mark the launch of the campaign, new research has been released which shows a huge appetite for developing new work skills amongst the working public with:

86% of employees in architecture, engineering and building industries stating they want to upskill this year»

However, one in three felt held back by a lack of time (35%) and a lack of confidence (32%), while 29% said they did not know where to start.

The ‘Join the Skills Revolution’ campaign will help employers take advantage of the desire in the working public to upskill by providing easy access to skills opportunities to help drive better performance. Many training and employment schemes can be for any age, a new employee or a current employee looking to retrain. Simply visit gov.uk/skillsforlife –  for skills opportunities designed by employers, for employers.

Women in Rail Awards 2022 – Nomination Deadline Extension

Good news! There’s still time to get your nominations in for the Women in Rail Awards 2022! The Awards aim to showcase and reward individuals and companies (large or small) who have made a significant contribution to improving gender balance, diversity and inclusion within the UK railway industry.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Female Apprentice of the Year Award
Rising Star of the Year Award
Inspirational Man of the Year Award
The Adeline Ginn Women in Rail Award

TEAM/CORPORATE AWARDS
Best Training or Development Programme Award
Social Inclusion Award
Top Employer of the Year Award (Under 250 Employees)
Top Employer of the Year Award (Over 250 Employees)
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

View further information on categories and criteria here.

Nominate now and help demonstrate our industry’s commitment to supporting the Women in Rail agenda by celebrating those companies and individuals who work hard to improve gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion within our sector in line with the objectives of the joint WR/RIA EDI Charter.

The Big Diversity Challenge

Since its launch in 2016, The Big Rail Diversity Challenge has truly captured the hearts and minds of the industry – which demonstrates the passion, support and enthusiasm for the brilliant work that Women in Rail undertakes. Growing by a staggering 80% over five years, The Big Rail Diversity Challenge has become a staple in the industry’s event calendar, with many key industry stakeholders supporting year on year.

Women in Rail and Nimble Media Ltd have developed this fun, yet serious, flagship event to allow participants from across all levels to team-build within their own organisation, as well as network with other companies and fundraise to continue the WR charity’s vital work across the UK rail industry.

Back for its seventh year, The Big Rail Diversity Challenge allows companies from across rail to demonstrate their commitment to diversity within the industry, and the business benefits attained by establishing a gender diverse workforce.

£3,000 incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice

The Government’s Plan for Jobs includes updates to apprenticeship funding policy, with incentive payments for employers who hire new apprentices. The deadline for these employer incentives has now been extended, and you will be able to claim £3,000 for each new apprentice you recruit before 31st January 2022.

The incentive payment is in addition to the existing £1,000 government grant which already applies to new 16-18 year old apprentices. This means that some employers could claim as much as £4.000 when they hire an apprentice.

Check out this step-by-step guide for more information.

Women in Rail Awards 2022

Nominations for the Women in Rail Awards 2022 close Friday 28 January 2022. 
The Women in Rail Awards aim to showcase and reward individuals and companies (large or small) who have made a significant contribution to improving gender balance, diversity and inclusion within the UK railway industry.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Female Apprentice of the Year Award
Rising Star of the Year Award
Inspirational Man of the Year Award
The Adeline Ginn Women in Rail Award

TEAM/CORPORATE AWARDS
Best Training or Development Programme Award
Social Inclusion Award
Top Employer of the Year Award (Under 250 Employees)
Top Employer of the Year Award (Over 250 Employees)
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

View categories and criteria here

Nominate now and help demonstrate our industry’s commitment to supporting the Women in Rail agenda by celebrating those companies and individuals who work hard to improve gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion within our sector in line with the objectives of the joint WR/RIA EDI Charter.