More content creation for Skills Live in light of launch on 29th July 2019

NSAR continues to build video content for Skills Live in light of its imminent launch on 29th July 2019. Yesterday we filmed Zahra Choudhary (Assistant Project Manager) at Colas Rail and Akbar Qureshy (Graduate Engineer – Track) at Network Rail adding even more to our collection of videos the platform.

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Keith Williams suggests that Government step back from the railway

Keith Williams (former CEO of British Airways) and Chair of the Williams Review, stated that the UK’s current franchising model has had its day and calls for a greater distance between government and the running of the day-to-day railway.

“I want to see the creation of a thorough modern, 21st century service provider. A railway that is run in the public’s interest, delivering for passengers, supporting local economies, embracing innovation and new business models to improve journey experience and reduce costs.”

Williams stressed the need to change both the design and culture of the railway so it prioritises customers – passengers and freight and that you do not create a customer-focused railway by putting engineers in charge. He believes that the following areas need focus to deliver the railway of the future:

  • A new passenger offer, focused on customer service excellent and driven by performance measures
  • Simplified fares and ticketing
  • A new industry structure, reducing fragmentation, better aligning track and train
  • A new commercial model
  • Greater flexibility so the sector can respond to changing travel patterns and long-term incentives for creativity and innovation.

To find out more about the Williams Review, click here.

NSAR hosts another successful SIM training session at our premises

NSAR Skills Intelligence Team hosted another successful training session on our premises. The session focused on the use of the Skills Intelligence Model (SIM) for strategic Workforce Planning covering the data structure of the tool, the functionality of each aspect and with the use of scenarios, how the output information can be translated into a cohesive workforce plan.

To find out more about our SIM and how this could help you with Strategic Workforce Planning, visit

Rail leaders respond as HS2 vote passes

Yesterday Members of Parliament have pushed phase 2a of HS2 through the House of Commons with 263 votes in favour to only 17 against. The Phase 2a High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill, if passed through the House of Lords, will give the government and HS2 powers to build an extension of the high-speed line from the West Midlands to Crewe.

Rail leaders across the UK have defended the move as a “vote of confidence” for the project, claiming it will bring much-needed investment for parts of the country. Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect, said: “This vote shows there is still resounding cross-party support to deliver HS2 in its entirety.

Some MPs were dissapointed with the result, claiming that the project will cause major disruption to the areas they represent. Former Labour leader and MP for Doncaster North, Ed Miliband, voiced his concerns about the rail route’s impact on his constituency. Speaking in parliament, he said: “I am afraid that the Secretary of State’s statement will provoke deep anger among my constituents.

NSAR knows that should the Bill pass,  more skills and expertise will be needed to to deliver such a vast project. NSAR’s Skills & Training division offers a range of services to assist in developing and training the right people to support employers embarking on major projects in rail.

To find out more, click here

Skills Live going live 29th July 2019

Skills Live will go live online and through the Jobcentre plus network on 29th July 2019! The new platform aims to encourage more young people to consider careers in rail.

The brand new platform uses video to bring to life a variety of job roles within rail. The user can learn more about the skills of a role by watching a series of short videos that are linked to a job specification. Users who work their way through the video content will be directed to a career opportunity with an employer. 

The video based platform has been funded by UFI Trust and has been developed in partnership with Dept for Work & Pensions and rail employers, such as TfL, Network Rail, Bombardier, East Midlands Trains and Colas Rail who understand alternative ways are needed to recruit new talent and increase diversity.

Skills Live will enable employers to connect to a large pool of talent who may not have considered careers in rail. It will be instrumental in inspiring the next generation of employees whilst encouraging diversity in rail.

To get on board with Skills Live or log an enquiry, click here.

ORR publishes new TOC key statistics

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) have published an annual summary of key statistics for each passenger train operating company covering passenger usage, performance and complaints alongside reference data on number of employees, route kilometres operated and number of stations managed.

To view that statistics click here.