Don’t forget the Women in Rail Awards 2019

Showcasing and rewarding individuals and companies (large or small) who have made a significant contribution to improving gender balance, diversity and inclusion in the UK railway industry.

Taking place on Wednesday 15 May 2019, at the historic Roundhouse in Camden, the closing date to nominate has now been extended to 14 February.  To nominate, attend, sponsor or for more information click here.

Network Rail Digital MD David Waboso to retire March 2019

The managing director of Network Rail’s Digital Railway, David Waboso, will retire in March 2019. Chief Executive Andrew Haines stated that Waboso was leaving with a “fantastic legacy” and a “clear direction for delivery through CP6 and beyond.”

Responsible for projects including boosting the use of digital signalling and train control technologies through the Digital Railway Programme, Waboso joined Network Rail in 2016,  after working as an engineering director for London Underground. Waboso received a CBE for his services to transport in the capital and his central role in leading the Underground’s largest ever upgrade, the Jubilee Line extension.

A further announcement on the transitional arrangements and his replacement will be made in due course.

Five major achievements for Network Rail’s Upgrade Plan in 2018

Network Rail recently highlighted it’s 5 biggest achievements for 2018:

  1. Waterloo fully reopens – The former Eurostar terminal at London Waterloo station reopened permanently on 10 December 2018 for the first time since international services moved to St Pancras in 2007, as part of the £800m project to increase capacity on the South Western Railway network.
  2. London Bridge transformed – Fully reopened in January, having been transformed by Network Rail as part of the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme. Its historic £1bn redevelopment included a vast new concourse larger than the pitch at Wembley to unite 15 platforms for the first time.
  3. Lime Street upgrade completes – The £140m transformation of Liverpool Lime Street station completed in October 2018 with the full reopening of all 10 of the station’s platforms.
  4. Record-setting re-signalling – In April 2018 Network Rail delivered the biggest ever re-signalling – a £130m project to enable GWR to run more frequent services to London, and provide faster trains and more seats to passengers.
  5. Intercity Express trains herald a new era – Great Western Railway’s 12.10 arrival at Paignton from London Paddington on 28 July 2018 marked the first Intercity Express Train to travel to the seaside town. The 9-carriage long Class 800 train, 800309, was the first Intercity Express Train to travel from London beyond Exeter in passenger service.

For more information visit the Network Rail Website.

All aboard for 2019

Happy New Year!
We hope you had a restful and enjoyable festive break but the work doesn’t stop for NSAR.  We will continue to support the rail industry providing membership, quality assurance, insights and skills solutions to help employers, trainers and organisations  alike.

We look forward to 2019 and our mission in continuing to assist in developing an sustainable a highly skilled workforce to ensure the delivery of a world class rail service.


Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox officially thanks UKSCE

Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, has expressed his gratitude to UKSCE’s support of UK Government activities at the recent China lnternational lmport Expo 2018.

Fox goes on to state:

“I appreciate all the efforts that have been undertaken to make this event a success and I am impressed by the work you have done to bridge the gap of the skilled profession provided the Chinese partners a good opportunity to better understand the UK skills development system and work closer with UK partners.”

UKSCE is a brand-new initiative which aims to bridge the gap between technical and vocational education and training in China.
The UKSCE aims to enrich the international community and enhance the Chinese workforce through the setup of international schools and training centres.

This new enterprise is the result of a collaboration between The Nationals Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR), UK Skills Federation and the Chinese Government.

For more information on UKSCE contact us at

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Need help understanding the apprenticeship levy and its implications?

NSAR have developed an online Apprenticeship Levy Planner that is designed to model the apprenticeship programmes to best fit the needs of an employer.

The planner will produce a strategic apprenticeship resource plan that covers a multiple of years.

Why now view our video to find out more by clicking here

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Check out a range of informative and insightful videos surrounding rail and the work that NSAR is doing within the industry.

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ASLEF supports first level three Train Driver Apprenticeship standard

East Midlands Trains is pioneering a new Level 3 Train Driver Apprenticeship programme designed to support the industry’s commitment to grow its skills base and further professionalise the train driver role.  ASLEF is supporting the new apprenticeship programme, which is part of the National Driver Academy and now underway at the train operator’s academy in Derby.
Nine new drivers are the first to test the new common approach to Part A as part of the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard.

The new Apprenticeship Standard has been designed to reflect the professionalism needed for the train driver’s role and will allow successful trainees to secure a formal certification.
It has been developed in partnership with the drivers’ union ASLEF; the Rail Safety and Standards Board; Rail Delivery Group; the Institute of Railway Operators and the National Skills Academy for Rail.


For more information click here.