Network Rail rolls out free Wi-Fi at major railway stations

Free and unlimited Wi-Fi service has gone live at Victoria, Euston and London Bridge stations, with more major stations to follow during 2021.

A key part of Network Rail’s plans to put passengers first, the new Wi-Fi service has gone live at Victoria, Euston and London Bridge stations. It is due to be rolled out in Waterloo and Paddington by January 2021 and available in all Network Rail major stations by the end of 2021.

NSAR is aware that the introduction of new digital technologies will be integral to the future of rail and people will need the right skills to adapt. That is why NSAR now provides external quality assurance for digital apprenticeship standards.

To find out more about NSAR DIGITAL EQA click here or contact us at eqa@nsar.co.uk

How does NSAR membership benefit my organisation?

Joining NSAR gives you access to a network of 350 organisations exchanging professional support and expertise.  Whether your field is rolling stock, signaling, electrification, or track, NSAR can help support you and your organisation and ensure you contribute to delivering a world-class railway.

We will work with you to identify your skills needs, help you to plan, recruit, and train your workforce. We will assess and assure the quality of training provision so you can be confident of a ready supply of trained and competent people.

To find out more information about NSAR membership visit nsar.freshdesk.com/support/home and submit an inquiry.

To see our full Membership Directory click here.

To find out more about NSAR Membership click here.

Traineeships are changing – Join the webinar to learn more

Remember to register for NSAR’s FREE Webinar focusing on Traineeships taking place next Wednesday 4th November 2020 at 3pm.  Don’t miss the  opportunity to hear from Head of Traineeships,  Steve Latus, regarding recent changes. The event will cover:

  • What Traineeships are how they may benefit your business?
  • What the investment of £111m in Traineeships means for employers (such as the incentive payment)?
  • What the flexibilities bring?
  • What the Rail industry needs from the Department for Education (DfE)?
  • Next steps

Presenters include:

  • Steve Latus, Head of Traineeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
  • Nigel Anson, Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

To register for the webinar click here.

*Please note this webinar will take place on Microsoft Teams. An invite will be sent to you directly once you have registered.

 

 

 

SWP is vital for business sustainability

Need to undertake some Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) to ensure your organisation’s sustainability? NSAR can help. Using our Skills Intelligence Model (SIM) we can assist you to prepare your SWP or help you to revise your existing plan. Or if you would prefer we can do this work for you. In either case, organisations can be assured of the output – a detailed picture of their current workforce skills and competencies as well as a forward analysis and assessment of the organisations future skills needs.  

To see how NSAR can help you undertake SWP or for more information,
click here and submit a ticket.

HS1 set to become first UK railway to run entirely on sustainable power

HS1  is set to become the first UK railway to run entirely on sustainable power by utilising wind and solar power, HS1 aims to operate solely on renewable energy and has pledged to be fully carbon-neutral within a decade.

The high-speed link between London, Kent and the Channel Tunnel has obtained Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificates from its electricity supplier, npower Business Solutions.

This means that all future energy supplied to the rail operator is guaranteed to be from sustainable sources, such as wind and solar power. The move will enable HS1 to report zero-carbon emissions for the electricity it uses to power both trains and stations.

“HS1 is the Green Gateway to Europe,” said Dyan Crowther, HS1 Ltd CEO & NSAR Chair, while speaking at the launch of its sustainability strategy.

Although the REGOs are already in place, the supply contract award is expected to be ready in several months’ time, by March 2022 – at which point HS1 will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

Working with its partners Eurostar and Southeastern High Speed, HS1 is aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of every passenger by 25% and to cut energy per train journey by 10%.

Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT): Fourth Annual Report

The fourth Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT) Annual Report has been published this morning! The report marks the four-year milestone of the work STAT has done to deliver the Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy.  With contributions for NSAR, the document cover key topics such as:

  • The work of the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce
  • Creating high-quality apprenticeships
  •  Diversity and inclusion, and Social Mobility
  • Impact of migration changes on skills
  • Next steps

To view the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT): Fourth Annual Report click here.

Traineeships are changing – Join the webinar to learn more

NSAR is hosting a FREE Webinar focusing on Traineeships on Wednesday 4th November 2020 at 3pm.  Register now for the opportunity to hear from Head of Traineeships,  Steve Latus, regarding recent changes. The event will cover:

  • What Traineeships are how they may benefit your business?
  • What the investment of £111m in Traineeships means for employers (such as the incentive payment)?
  • What the flexibilities bring?
  • What the Rail industry needs from the Department for Education (DfE)?
  • Next steps

Presenters include:

  • Steve Latus, Head of Traineeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
  • Nigel Anson, Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

To register for the webinar click here.

 

 

 

NSAR hosts insightful webinar focusing on the impact of the UK’s Migration Policy

Last week NSAR hosted an exclusive virtual workshop focusing on the updates and developments to the UK’s Migration Policy.

The insightful session covered the UK’s current position on migration, the impact of the recent consultation on skills, and their application to migration guidance. Speakers included:

  • Neil Robertson
    Chief Executive, NSAR
  • Mutsa Pamire
    Policy Advisor, Infrastructure Skills, Department for Transport (DfT)
  • Michelle Russell
    Head Of Workforce Planning, NSAR

The session was attended by representatives of Siemens, Volkerrail and The DfT to name a few.

You can download a presentation of the UK’s Point-based Immigration System courtesy of the Home Office by clicking here.