HSRIL Jigsaw Map – “Bringing the country back together”

HSRIL have developed a map bringing the country back together which shows the inter-relatedness of the HS2, Northern Power House Rail and Midlands Engine Rail schemes. The map was produced on a large jigsaw, and launched in Birmingham with HS2 Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council.   The map will be used at HRSIL summer conference as well as regional events throughout the year.

To view the map or for more information click here.

Find it difficult to recruit for some roles within your organisation?

Need help to engage a diverse range of people into roles within your organisation? NSAR is partnering with DWP to highlight job opportunities across their Jobcentre Plus network using Skills Live. The online platform brings to life the skills of job roles through the experiences of employees.

Why not make a video with us to encourage diversity and engage the next generation into employment?

To see how you can get involved or for more information please contact:

sharman.cunningham@nsar.co.uk

DfE releases Apprenticeship funding in England from April 2019 Document

The document sets out the policy for apprenticeship funding in England from 1st April 2019. It updates the policy that has been in place since August 2018. Since the introduction of apprenticeship reforms, we have received feedback from employers, training providers and interested groups.
This document setting out the funding policy is supported by:

  • Published funding bands for individual frameworks and standards.
  • The full funding rules that set out more detail on how this funding policy will work in practice and our expectations of employers and providers.

To download the document click here.

Where can I find useful documents and reports about the rail industry?

Looking for useful information and documents surrounding the rail industry? Why not go to NSAR’s Knowledge Centre.  

NSAR continues to remain an authority in rail industry in the UK. We publish internal & external reports, guidance material and videos which are internationally recognised for providing best practice in the profession.

Check out our archive featuring a number of brochures, reports, videos and more by clicking here.

NSAR integral in the launch of New Trainee Train Driver Scheme

DB Cargo has decided to ensure it has a secure supply chain of trained personnel to handle its freight trains with a new Level 3 Train Driver Apprenticeship programme, launched in conjunction with the National College for High Speed Rail.

The apprenticeship will provide the trainees with a recognised qualification to validate their internal technical training and vocational training. The National College for High Speed Rail is the main apprenticeship provider, with DB Cargo UK providing the technical driver training.

DB Cargo UK’s Apprenticeships Manager Kerrie Talbot said “the programme further strengthened the company’s working relationship with the college which stands just a stone’s throw from DB’s headquarters in Lakeside, Doncaster.”

She continued “A special thank you to Marie Orchard, Apprenticeship Standards from NSAR, who brought the trailblazer group together, and all the rail companies that worked on creating an apprenticeship standard for train drivers that works for the industry. There is an acute shortage of train drivers here in the UK and this is an excellent way of developing a new pipeline of talent and creating the next generation of drivers.”

To read the full article click here

 

Find it difficult to recruit for some roles within your organisation?

Need help to engage a diverse range of people into roles within your organisation? NSAR is partnering with DWP to highlight job opportunities across their Jobcentre Plus network using Skills Live. The online platform brings to life the skills of job roles through the experiences of employees.

Why not make a video with us to encourage diversity and engage the next generation into employment?

To see how you can get involved or for more information please contact:

sharman.cunningham@nsar.co.uk

New technologies will change the way we recruit and manage skills & competencies

New technologies have become increasingly central to the operations of rail networks and organisations. Some of these technologies will change the way we recruit and manage skills and competencies. 

The NSAR Productivity, Skills and Technology Symposium taking place on 21st March 2019 at Crawley will be addressing this alongside: 

  • Human factors and non-technical skills
  • Mental well-being and its link to productivity

Our online services Skills Live and SkillsID will be available for demonstration. The event is FREE to attend.

To register your place click here.

Schedule of Events: NSAR Productivity, Skills and Technology Symposium

The NSAR Productivity, Skills and Technology Symposium takes place in just under a month and aims to tackle these three key factors in the context of the rail sector. We can confirm the schedule of events is as follows:

9:30 – 10:30 – Registration with tea & coffee
10:30 – 10:40 – Introduction by hosting venue TBA
10:40 – 11:00 – Introduction to human factors and non-technical skills (Mark Ballington)
11:00 – 11:30 – Tea & Coffee break 
11:30 – 11:50 – How our employee’s mental well-being is linked to productivity (Neil Franklin)
11:50- 12:10 – Skills Live presentation and demonstration (Sharman Cunningham)
12:10 – 13:00 – Lunch and networking 

To register click here.

Diversity is key to the future of rail

The  National College for HS2 remains on track to reach its learner target of 396 learners by the end of this academic year, it is bolstering activity to encourage more women into the rail and engineering sectors in 2019. The College is preparing a recruitment campaign to encourage more females to consider careers within the rail and engineering sectors. It will continue to speak directly with potential learners – encouraging more females to get on board – through its employer network and its programme of school visits and open days.

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, said: “As a national training provider, we’re focussed on attracting and upskilling the talent our country needs to deliver major transport infrastructure projects.  However, our ambitions are about much more than simply making up the numbers that are needed to plug the skills gaps.

NSAR supports gender diversity as it is better for people, better for business and is better for rail. We will be joining the Women in Rail Big Diversity Challenge taking place 27 June 2019 at Newark Showground.  For more information click here.

Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board publishes market insight report

The take up of the new Digital Apprenticeships has been strong and is increasing quarter on quarter.  As at November 2018, there were:

  • 13 published digital standards
  • over 12,000 starts on these standards
  • 10 organisations registered to deliver end-point assessment against these standards, and
  • over 800 apprentices completing their end-point assessment.

NSAR, on behalf of the Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board, has recently published a market insight report on the end-point assessment of these apprenticeships.  The report is based on interviews with the organisations that are registered to deliver end-point assessment for these apprenticeships. It explores how the end point assessment model is working in practice as well as the issues faced by employers, training providers and end point assessment organisations in implementing the new assessment model. It also captures the outcomes from the first 800 assessments to be undertaken.

These findings are informing the work priorities of our EQA service.

This report, the first of its kind, will also be of interest to all of those with an interest in the design and delivery of digital apprenticeships.

To download the Executive Summary click here.

To download the Full Report click here.