Railway town of Darlington plays new role in sector skills

Check out the NSAR EQA feature in the Business Central Darlington – “Railway town of Darlington plays new role in sector skills”.

The article focuses on our external quality assurance of apprenticeships and assessments for the rail sector and other industries, as well as the fact that we have set-up shop just metres from the birthplace of the world’s first commercial railway.

To see the full article click here.

Not enough diversity in rail yet

Today Aslef published a report that states just 6.5% of drivers in England, Wales and Scotland are women, 8% were from a minority ethnic background and 15% were under 35.

The report “On track with diversity” also states that the union will call for targeted action from train operators to tackle the issue. Aslef’s general secretary, Mick Whelan, said he wanted to see “fewer people who look like me”. After 35 years in the industry he said he was well aware how many train drivers were middle-aged, male, and white.

To download the report click here.

Did you know that NSAR is currently working in partnership with DWP to create video content for Skills Live* in order to encourage diversity and  inspire the next generation of employees within the rail industry?

Want to get involved or find out  more? Contact NSAR Project Manager Sharman Cunningham at: sharman.cunningham@nsar.co.uk

*Skills Live is  an online platform that uses video content to enable employers to connect with diverse young people who may not have considered careers in rail. 

NSAR at the LNER launch event at the House Of Commons

Congratulations to LNER for a great launch event last week Thursday at the House of Commons. The reception celebrated LNER’s work and ethos in the area of gender diversity, their success with the Level 3 Supervisor Apprenticeship, not to mention the introduction of the new fleet of Azuma trains.

Speakers included Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew Jones MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, as well as LNER representatives Chairman Robin Gisby, David Horne Managing Director and Karen Lewis People Director.

We look forward to seeing the impact that such a forward-thinking organisation will have on the rail industry.

ORR publishes Passenger Rail Usage 2018 – 19 Q4 Statistical Release

Yesterday The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) published its Passenger Rail Usage for 2018-19 (Q4). Key findings include:

  • 2018-19 reached a record high of 1.759 billion. It increased by 3.0% compared to the previous year and was driven by a 3.9% increase in the London and South East sector.
  • Total passenger revenue reached £10.3 billion in 2018-19, with annual revenue growth at its highest (6.1%) since 2014-15.

To download the full report, click here.

SkillsID – The competency management tool for every industry

SkillsID is an online competency management tool which provides instant access and oversight of your workforces’ competence and training records enabling you to identify your organisations level of competence, as well as understanding its  ability.  commercial ability to achieve commercial objectives.

SkillsID offers:

  • A seamless digitised experience to manage you organisation’s competency levels  (no paper involved)
  • Geo-mapped authentication of your assessment location
  • A career planner tool enabling you to view competency gap between roles and the necessary training required to progress

To see how SkillsID can help you and your organisation click here.

RIA requests information to assist the Rail Sector Deal

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) needs your help and assistance to ensure that the Rail Sector Deal is a success. They are running an Exports Survey, which requires your input.

There are a number of elements to Exports Pillar of the Rail Sector Deal. The the two most significant of which relate to mapping out overseas markets to inform both Government and industry of where opportunities may exist, and gaining an understanding about what UK based companies are currently exporting, and where and what your future priority markets are likely to be. 

RIA would be grateful if you could complete this short exports survey so that they can understand your needs and gain Government support to allow the industry to meet its export targets.

To complete the survey click here.

A thought provoking discussion on the latest trends on international & workplace training

Yesterday NSAR hosted an exclusive symposium focusing on the latest trends around international and workplace training.

Hosted by NSAR CEO Neil Robertson, the event saw a gathering of a select group of individuals to talk about training internationally and within the workplace. Delegates in attendance included representative from Babcock, INFRA Skills, Go Ahead Group and more.

NSAR seeking a Junior Project Manager

At NSAR we work collaboratively to tackle the challenges within the rail industry. We offer a range of roles which will undoubtedly assist in contributing to a world-class railway within the UK.

We have the following vacancy in our London office

Junior Project Manager
Salary: £30K – £35K
Location: London

The Junior PM will oversee completion of project tasks under the direction of the senior team. This position will be the first point of contact for any issues arising from within the project and it will be responsible for escalating them to Directors and heads of departments. This will be a varied and fulfilling role with no two days the same.

To apply and view and full job description click here



Next Prime Minister must commit to HS2, says former Transport Secretary

Former Transport Secretary and Chief Whip Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP has stated that all Conservative leadership candidates need to support HS2 in order to secure the position of Prime Minister.

Sir Patrick stated: “Our rail industry is of vital importance to the UK economy and as demand grows, the Government must ensure its ambition continues to grow with it. HS2 is a prime example of rail being put at the heart of our economic strategy”.

NSAR knows that HS2 will contribute to creating a world-class railway which will positively impact to the UK Economy. That is why we work with employers, government and the education and training community to solve the skills challenges facing the sector.

To find out more visit our website at www.nsar.co.uk

NSAR Logistics EQA Event a success

Last week NSAR hosted a Start-up event for our EQA of Logistics apprenticeships. We welcomed our logistics end-point assessment organisations to our new Darlington base and discussed how we would be working with each end-point assessment organisation. The delegates met our EQA team to discuss our approach to EQA as well as what to expect when working with NSAR.

You can find out about our EQA work at www.nsar.co.uk/eqa