Fire it up! National Apprenticeship Campaign

Don’t forget the national apprenticeship campaign  ‘Fire It Up’ is now live! The campaign aims to help raise awareness of the huge variety of apprenticeship options available for people of all ages and backgrounds and the positive impact they can have for apprentices and employers.  As part of the campaign employers are welcome to post information about live and future apprenticeship vacancies which they can do by clicking here.

Remember NSAR has an in-depth understanding of apprenticeships and our team of experts facilitate the design of the latest apprenticeship standards within the wider transport industry. For more information regarding NSAR work on with Apprenticeships, click here.

NSAR board member appointed Sector Director for Amey Rail

Leading infrastructure and rail company Amey is pleased to announce that Andy Joy has been appointed as sector director for its Rail business.

The NSAR board member joined Amey in 2018 as a business director when it acquired the majority of Carillion’s rail business where he played a key role in ensuring the smooth transition of 600 employees and several major contracts into Amey and the safe delivery of critical milestones on Midland Mainline, Crossrail and the North-West Electrification programme.

Nicola Hindle, Managing Director of Consulting and Rail, said on Andy’s appointment: “Having seen significant growth of our rail business within the last 12 months, I am confident that the breadth and depth of Andy’s senior executive experience will be invaluable to the growth and consolidation of our position in the sector.”

NSAR at the Big Bang Fair 2019

Following 2018 rail industry collaboration at the Big Bang Fair, NSAR are once again working with the industry to bring a wider rail industry representation at the Big Bang Fair 2019.

Join Network Rail, Rail Delivery Group (RDG), Amey, the Institution of Railway Operators (IRO), the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) and London North Eastern Railway (LNER) to participate in the event.

We are looking for opportunities for young people to get some positive experience of the industry, and these to be given as prizes for a ‘Golden Ticket’ competition, contact us if you can offer work experiences, career conversations, work shadows or other engagements. You can also volunteer to support the stand activities at the Big Bang Fair on the 16 March 2019.

To discuss how you can collaborate on this event to promote the rail sector, please contact

Transport for London Apprenticeship Fair 2019

Anyone looking to give their career a boost can register now for the next Annual TfL Apprenticeship Fair at Central Hall, Westminster. Whether you are looking to take your first steps on the ladder or want to take your career in a new direction, an apprenticeship with TfL and its supply chain could be the perfect way to do so.

Taking place on Thursday 7 March  2019 as part of National Apprenticeship Week, will showcase more than 500 jobs and apprenticeships on offer from TfL and its suppliers. The event is free, but candidates must book in advance and registration closes on Tuesday 26 February. For more information and to reserve your place at the event click here.

Don’t forget that NSAR has an in-depth understanding of the apprenticeships landscape, with a team of experts facilitating the design of the latest apprenticeship standards relevant for the rail sector and the wider transport industry.  For more information click here.

How important is productivity, skills and technology for the future of rail?

Productivity is reliant on an organisation having well adjusted employees with the rights skills and training. In addition, application of the right technology will undoubtedly produce tangible benefits and will enhance productivity too.

NSAR’s forthcoming Productivity, Skills and Technology Symposium taking place on 21st March 2019 at Crawley College Campus seeks to discuss these elements in the context of the rail industry. Our online services Skills Live and SkillsID will be available for demonstration at the event too.

To register your place or find out more click here.

Level 3 IT Solution Technician standard published!

The Level 3 IT Solution Technician standard has been published! View the full information by clicking here. This standard will also be covered by NSAR’s external quality assurance service amongst the various other published level 3 and level 4 digital standards. Our service will ensure that the end point assessments are consistent and comparable across end-point assessment organisations – and that the assessment decisions are occupationally valid.

For more information regarding our Digital External Quality Assurance Service, click here.

Station upgrades require people with the appropriate skills and expertise to complete the task

A significant enhancement scheme to tackle congestion between Cambridge and King’s Lynn has been given the go ahead by the Department for Transport (DfT).  A funding package of approximately £27m has been approved by the DfT to allow Network Rail and its contractor Volker Fitzpatrick to upgrade the stations at Waterbeach and Littleport, extending the platforms to accommodate longer trains to stop. Work is currently expected to start in October 2019 and completed in the summer of 2020.

Station upgrades require human resource with the appropriate skills and expertise. 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.

To find out more, click here

Safety in rail is essential

Yesterday NSAR attended SAFESTART 19 which took place at Stoneleigh Business Park just outside Leamington Spa. The one-day conference and exhibition focused on ensuring that safety is paramount across the railway and highway industry through key themes including:

  • Better health & wellbeing
  • Better sites & offices
  • Better planning
  • Better sustainable working
  • Better training and development

Clair Mowbray (National College of High-Speed Rail), Jim Adshead (Network Rail) and Emma Head (HS2) were in attendance to deliver key note speeches.

NSAR’s Quality Assurance team are dedicated to ensuring that training provision is to the standard demanded by the industry so that safety remains essential. We know that the benefits to your business are higher productivity, increased revenues, improved customer satisfaction, greater retention of key workers and enhanced company reputation.

For more information on NSAR Quality Assurance click here.