Training Provider Suspended for 4 Years

Safety on the railway is the number one priority of Network Rail and NSAR and both organisations work tirelessly to ensure that training and competence of individuals working on the railway is constantly improving and meeting the standards set out in the RTAS rules. Training Providers and Trainers who fail to follow the prescribed routes to competence for individuals that they train are investigated.

During 2016  Thompson Training Limited and Mr Stephen Thompson, trainer, were believed to have committed a number of serious breaches of the Rail Training and Assessment (RTAS) Rules and after lengthy investigations a 4 year period of suspension was imposed.

Thompson Training and Stephen Thompson were found to have issued competencies to individuals who had not completed the relevant training sufficiently to warrant the award.

The breaches related to the following:

  1. delivering training to more delegates than the maximum number prescribed;
  2. delivering training in less hours or days than the minimum number prescribed;
  3. shortening the duration of courses;

Mr Thompson and Thompson Training Ltd subsequently appealed the decision to a panel convened by Network Rail. The Appeal Panel upheld the original decision to suspend Thompson Training and Stephen Thompson due to systemic deliberate deviations from the RTAS Rules posing risks to the Network Rail Managed Infrastructure that also constituted serious continuous contravention of the RTAS Rules.

The suspension will run until June 2020.

Network Rail releases “Everyone Matters Guide to Inclusive Learning”

Everyone Matters Guide to Inclusive Learning is a new handbook from Network Rail establishing best practice, standards and guidelines for accessible and inclusive training design and delivery throughout the UK rail industry. Providing inclusive training ensures that the differences of the individuals being trained are valued, remove the barriers to learning, provide a better learning experience and achieve increased engagement.

The handbook is a result of consultation between training organisations and specialists, to trainers, designers, management and learners – with many contributing to the working group discussions that helped produce this guide. It offers practical advice, as well as a range of ‘hints and tips’ for inclusive practice. This guide provides advice on both the steps to take to minimise barriers to learning and how to increase the participation of trainees:

  1. Methodology (for making training inclusive and accessible)
  2. Design and Development (of accessible training materials)
  3. Delivery of Inclusive Training
  4. Further resources and information

Download the Everyone Matters Guide to Inclusive Learning now by clicking here.

Apprenticeships so far

Take a look at the progress of Apprenticeships in figures.

The figures in bracket below show there position back in July.

• 341,700 apprenticeship starts reported for the first 11 months of the 2017/18 academic year from August to June, against 472,500 starts reported in the equivalent period in 2016/17 – 28% down year on year
• 351 (was 303) new Apprenticeship standards are now approved for delivery
• 215 (was 241) standards in development
• 174 (was 143) Approved End Point Assessment Organisations
• 14 (was 7) Approved External Quality Assurance Providers (EQAPs) – including Ofqual and IfA who have now confirmed that Open awards will run the contract until March 2019. Anticipating circa 30 different EQABs in total.

Look out for the next update!

Education Secretary announces Capital funding for T Levels

Yesterday Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced that £38 million is being made available to the first providers of T Levels to make sure pupils taking the new technical qualifications from 2020 have access to the equipment and facilities they need.

T Levels, which will be on a par with A Levels, will provide young people with a high quality choice between technical and academic education post-16. Courses in construction, digital and education & childcare will be taught for the first time from September 2020.

The new qualifications will help ensure that young people can get the skills and knowledge they need and the economy demands.

The funding will be available to the providers delivering the first three T Levels in time to make sure they can invest in equipment, facilities and refurbishment works via a bidding round.

Transcity Rail North takes place tomorrow in Manchester

Don’t forget that TransCity Rail North takes places tomorrow at The Principal Hotel in Manchester.  Now in its 5th year, the event continues to bring together the leaders from across the region responsible for delivering the Northern Powerhouse Rail for a lively and engaging conference, exhibition, networking dinner and panel discussion focusing on northern programmes, HS2, CP6,
funding & investment, devolution, infrastructure, technology and of course supply chain engagement.

The event will feature Tim Wood – Northern Powerhouse Rail Director Transport for the North as keynote speaker.

Event details:
Date: 4th Oct 2018
Venue: The Principal Hotel,
Oxford Road, Manchester
Conference: 08:30 – 16:00
Dinner: 18:00 – 02:00

To book you place or for more information click here

“TCR gives us that opportunity to really develop relationships with the supply chain”

Paul Griffiths, Managing Director, Phase 2, HS2

“TCR gives us a great opportunity to meet SMEs – I’ve had half a dozen people queuing up to have a conversation with me and I have a fist full of business cards”

Andy Haynes, Contracts and Procurement Director, Network Rail

Ged Weeden, BDM, Ground Control Ltd
“We’ve really enjoyed the quality of delegates coming around and the brilliant opportunities to meet new people”

Marie Rayner, Head of Process, Morson International
“We’ve been able to network with a lot of key players and make relationships that we wouldn’t otherwise had access to “

Chun-Kit Kan, Company Director, KanDo Ventures
“It’s a great event with plenty of directors and lots of opportunity to network”

Brexit: “You can sense the nervousness!” – NSAR features in Rail Review Q3

View the new article “Brexit: “You can sense the nervousness!” in the Q3 Edition of Rail Review by BBC South Transport Correspondent – Paul Clifton. Rail Review last examined the impact of Brexit two years ago and with the imminent deadline approaching, the article focuses on whether the effect has become any clearer.

The editorial includes commentary from NSAR Chief Executive, Neil Robertson as well as significant data and analysis supplied by the NSAR Skills Intelligence Division via the recent
DfT STAT Skills Forecasting Baseline Study Report.

You can read the full article at the Rail Review website by clicking here.
(A subscription is required to view).

ICE Shaping a Digital World event follows up previous year’s success

NSAR Skills Intelligence team ran an interactive session on digital capability to a group of asset owners, consultants, contractors, academics and technology providers focusing on the key challenges associated with the digital transformation of the workforce at the ICE Shaping a Digital World event on 25th September. The programme covered key themes of productivity, behaviour and value of data – all focused on how to break down barriers and help turn infrastructure into an information-based industry.

Neil Franklin, Head of NSAR Skills Intelligence led the session looking at why day to day upskilling was important, what support options were available to the workforce, what digital innovations had they seen that really captured their imagination and how can industry collaborate to harness innovation in digital upskilling and training. Finally, Neil asked the groups what they would do if they were Secretary of State for Digital.

Michelle Russell, NSAR Senior Analyst then summarised the debate and the responses to the questions in turn, selecting key highlights from the notes provided by each of the groups.

Key industry figures in attendance included senior representatives from TechUK, BuroHappold, BaseStone, Centre for Digital Built Britain  Atkins, Amey Consulting, Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, Laing O’Rourke and Thames Tideway.

Winning the talent Battle: NSAR features in Railway Gazette International

View the new article “Winning the talent battle” in the September Edition of Railway Gazette International by NSAR Director of Strategy – Shamit Gaiger.

An ageing demographic, chronic lack of diversity, wage inflation and changes in technology are all posing a threat to the skills base of the UK rail sector.

Shamit focuses on how the industry could act together to attract and excite future talent suited to a rapidly evolving industry while also upskilling the existing workforce

To read the full article click here and subscribe today!