Rail Forum Midlands event to promote initiatives to build future talent in rail

Neil Robertson at Rail Forum Midlands event

Neil Robertson, CEO of NSAR, was delighted to be among 100 senior colleagues and VIP guests from across the industry last Wednesday (21/7/21) for the Rail Forum Midlands ‘Engaging the Supply Chain, Future Talent Development’ Dinner.

Andrew Stephenson MP and Minister of State for Transport was the headline speaker who emphasised the importance of inspiring and developing the next generation of railway professionals. The closing address was from Neil Robertson, who also urged the audience to engage the workforce of tomorrow, today. He commented after the event, that “…it was great to see the enthusiasm in the Midlands supply chain for properly addressing our skills needs. It was also great for politicians to see it first hand.”

Other attendees included companies such as Alstom, Porterbrook and SNC Lavalin as well as many SMEs from across the sector who understand the importance of supporting young people through education into careers. Everyone was invited to pledge their support to the agenda by signing a ‘pledge board’. Both the Department for Transport and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy confirmed their support.

Organisations were also encouraged to sign up to the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code which aims to promote collaboration across sectors on STEM engagement.

Rail Forum Midlands informed the audience about the Primary Engineer Rail programme to be launched in some junior schools together with an updated iRail secondary school offer which includes a series of rail themed lessons and asked for support from the sector to be able to roll this out further.

SkillsID: Manage your workforce competency levels at the click of a button

Manage your workforce competency levels at the click of a button using SkillsID. An online tool that enables you to identify your organisation’s level of competence, as well as understanding its commercial ability.  Developed by NSAR in collaboration with rail industry employers, the competency management system enables organisations of all sizes to manage competency levels. 

Want to find out more, visit https://nsar.freshdesk.com/support/home and log an inquiry.

Transport decarbonisation plan

The Transport decarbonisation plan was published yesterday, the first in the world, is about doing the same things differently. We will still fly on holiday, but in more efficient aircraft, using sustainable fuel. We will still drive on improved roads, but increasingly in zero-emission cars. We will still have new development, but it won’t force us into high-carbon lifestyles.

To read the full plan click here.

Embrace digital technology

Check out the article in Rail Magazine by guest columnist – NSAR CEO Neil Robertson entitled “Embrace digital technology”. The article focuses on the impact of digital technologies into all our lives and the transformative power it has on the world of work. 

To read the article, click here.

Kickstart Event: 20th July 2021

NSAR is hosting an online Kickstart event we are holding on Tuesday 20 July at 2:30 am and will last for 1 hour. NSAR have been involved with Kickstart since it’s inception, and have been working with various rail organisations, to support them with their Kickstart activities.

As you know, the Kickstart scheme was set up in 2020 to support young people aged 16-24 deemed most at risk of long-term unemployment. The scheme provides funding to employers to create new job placements for 6 months, to provide real opportunities to young people.

If you would like to attend, please confirm by email to Tracey Wright tracey.wright@nsar.co.uk and full information will be sent out in the next few days.

NSAR collaborating with Medway Council

A reminder that NSAR is currently collaborating with Medway Council to provide all businesses within the Medway area with a vast range of apprenticeship support.

Support can be but not limited to:

  • Advice and guidance on apprenticeships/standards
  • Advice and guidance on Levy planning
  • Levy planning tool
  • Help to find an apprentice(s) to fill a skills gap
  • Support in recruitment of apprentices
  • Support with the start to end process in recruitment of an apprentice, finding a training provider and support with onboarding the apprentice with the training provider.

To find out more information regarding
Medway apprenticeship support click here.

The RailStaff Awards 2021

The RailStaff Awards is a ceremony to show appreciation for the people who deliver the railway – from drivers to cleaners, and engineers to station staff. Often these are stories of lives saved, careers turned around and adversity conquered.

Nominations for 2021 are already open, so if you know an individual or team that has performed over and above, then nominate them today!

To find out more, click here.