Member Focus: The Edge Picture Company

Introducing one of our most recent members The Edge Picture Company who spoke recently at our Skills Symposium. The team produces learning content for brands, governments, and institutions around the world. They are the largest independent business film company in the world and have over 30-years’ experience.

The Edge has been working with Network Rail for over half that time on critical work to do with safety and major infrastructure projects.  Recently this has included working with their training department, and they won GOLD in the Learning and Development category at the recent EVCOM London Film Awards for their Network Rail Disability Matters eLearn

The Edge became members of NSAR earlier this year and embarked on an extensive and rigorous process to prove their capabilities designing best practice Learning for clients. They were awarded the first ever NSAR Platinum Provision for Design of Digital Training. Our ongoing relationship with The Edge affirms their commitment to continuous improvement in design, development and delivery of the highest quality training.

You can see some of their work at

Calling all NSAR members! It’s time for the AGM


Calling all NSAR members!

Your Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Friday 26 November at 9.00am. This is the same day as the Skills Symposium ‘The Future’s Here Now’. The running order for the morning will be

NSAR AGM (members only) 9.00 – 10.00am chaired by NSAR Chair, Dyan Crowther
NSAR Skills Symposium (for all) 11.30 – 1.30 pm – hosted by NSAR CEO, Neil Robertson, who will be joined by Liz Bonnin, Jason Bradbury and some rail sector speakers too.

You will need to register on zoom, separately for the two events, so take a few minutes to click on the links to the zoom meetings. You will be sent a copy of the Annual Report in advance of the meeting, so it is your opportunity to contribute to and hear from your member association, NSAR.

Register for NSAR AGM if you work for a NSAR member organisation

Register for NSAR Skills Symposium – open to everyone with an interest in the topic ‘The Future’s Here Now

Railway Benefit Fund pledges to support the industry through change

The Rail Benefit Fund wants to ensure it offers the right services at the right time. To do this the charity wants to understand the needs of rail workers, past and present, and their families by requesting industry input to shape its future services.

Please help the RBF by completing this short survey of 9 questions which should take no more than 5 minutes of your time. Your insights and perspectives are invaluable to the charity and will ensure that they can continue to provide their excellent services and support to the industry.

To take the survey click here.

The survey closes on 16th July 2021

Thousands of railway staff trained in understanding disabled people’s needs

By the end of 2021, almost 30,000 passenger-facing staff will have undertaken disability awareness and equality training as part of requirements set out in the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) Accessible Travel Policy (ATP) Guidance.

The rail regulator welcomed this progress made by all 24 train and station operators in its review of ATP commitments. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, most operators are broadly on track to meet their commitments by the end of July.

Click here to find out more.

We are using the SkillsID as our platform of choice

“TfL Engineering has rolled out a skills and competency capture programme across our 1400 engineers.  We are using the SkillsID as our platform of choice owing to the simplicity and intuitive user interface and the number of facilities that are available to us to help deliver our capability management vision. We have started our capability and talent management journey and are planning an exciting future as we improve our understanding of and use the data within SkillsID to support individual engineers, profession teams and business development”.

John Batchelor
Principal for Engineering Capability

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 at the click of a button.

Want to find out more about SkillsID?  Visit and log an inquiry.

Special Recognition Award – National Apprenticeship Awards

The National Apprenticeship Awards are working with the Royal Navy this year to showcase inspiring stories of apprentices who have gone above and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They are looking for compelling stories of Apprentices from around the country helping meet the challenges posed by the pandemic. Suitable stories will be featured on the Apprentices on the Frontline microsite.

The Royal Navy and ESFA will be selecting one of the stories for the special recognition award to be presented at this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 on Wednesday 25th November 2020 in a virtual ceremony.

If you have a relevant inspiring story you would like to be considered, please complete the simple questionnaire by click here.

To be eligible for the Special Recognition Award, entries must be submitted before Friday 16th October 2020.

Addressing rail skills shortages post-COVID-19

Delivery of major rail infrastructure projects (such as HS2) will be a vital part of the government’s economic recovery programme  post-COVID-19. The need to ensure that the UK rail sector can tap into highly skilled individuals will be essential and NSAR can help.

We occupy a unique position sitting between the key stakeholder groups, employers, academia, and training providers in the sector which enables us to identify these trained individuals.  We also support employers, training providers to facilitate training requirements in the development of new Apprenticeship Standards.

To find more about NSAR’s  Skills & Training offering, visit and submit an inquiry.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators

Check out The Department of Transport’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators (Updated July 2020).

The guide outlines measures to assess and address the risks of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will help transport organisations in England understand how to provide safer workplaces and services for themselves, their workers and passengers.

To view the guide click here.