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 https://nsar.freshdesk.com/support/home and log an inquiry.

National Apprenticeship Week Theme: Build the Future

It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2021 and the theme is “Build the Future” This week continues with the tradition of celebrating of apprenticeships, taking place across England and showcases the impact apprenticeships can have on communities, local businesses and regional economies and how they all benefit from the impact of apprenticeships.

A reminder that NSAR supports apprenticeships and has an in-depth understanding of the apprenticeships landscape. We continuously work with various transport and engineering trailblazers groups on the development of new rail and transport-related apprenticeship standards and relevant end-point assessment plans.

For more information regarding our work with apprenticeships visit https://nsar.freshdesk.com/support/home and log an inquiry.


Women in Rail Awards: Thursday 20 MAY 2021

The Women in Rail Awards 2021 will take place on the evening of Thursday 20 May 2021 at the historic Roundhouse in Camden. The evening will be hosted by Ms Naga Munchetty, Journalist, Broadcaster and Television Presenter.

The Women in Rail Awards aims to showcase and reward individuals and companies (large and small) who have made a significant contribution to improving gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion in the UK railway industry.

Nominations for the Women in Rail Awards 2021 opened on Monday 16 November 2020 and will close on Friday 5 March 2021.

To attend or find out out more,  click here.

National professional qualifications (NPQs) framework reforms

In September 2021, a reformed suite of NPQs was made available for teachers and leaders who want to develop their knowledge and skills in school leadership and specialist areas of teaching practice.  

Yesterday (13 October 2020), the UK government published 6 new content frameworks that will underpin the reformed suite of NPQs. The new frameworks set out the things that participants should know,  and be to undertake after completing an NPQ. Providers of NPQs will be expected to use these frameworks to design their course.

To access the reformed content, click here.

Promotion and attraction is essential in tackling the skills shortage

Promotion and attraction is essential in tackling the skills shortage and the lack of diversity in rail, especially whilst we fight COVID-19. However, many potential candidates are simply not aware of the scope of job opportunities available in rail.

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 engage a range of diverse talent, about the wealth of opportunities in rail.

To see how NSAR can help you attract talent to your, visit nsar.freshdesk.com/support/home and submit 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.