NSAR supporting Network Rail STEM’s Lab: 14th Feb 2020

NSAR will be supporting the launch of Network Rail’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Lab on 14th February 2020 at The Quadrant, Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1EN.

The STEM Lab  aims to encourage young people to choose the right subjects at school, which will ultimately bring them into engineering and technical careers and into our industry. Network Rail is committed to a national ‘early engagement’ outreach programme, bringing role models into the lives of young people and their influencers, to show them the diversity of career opportunities in rail.

The event will start at 09:30am with speeches at 09:45am.
Official ribbon cutting will be conducted by Network Rail – CEO Andrew Haines at 10:00 am followed by networking and refreshments.

For more informatiom or to register to attend, please can RSVP by
Friday 24th January 2020 to amit.kotecha@networkrail.co.uk

All aboard for 2020 – A New Year and A New Decade

Welcome to 2020 – a New Year and a New Decade!

We hope you had a restful and enjoyable festive break but the work never stops for NSAR. We look forward to continuing to support our members and clients in key areas relating to people and skills, as well as providing expert advice and insights to the government on a wide range of skills matters in, and surrounding the rail industry.

NSAR meets with Malaysian Ministry of Transport

This week NSAR met with a delegation from the Rail Asset Corporation (part of the Malaysian Ministry of Transport) responsible for the development of the country’s rail infrastructure assets. NSAR Head of Membership & Development – Mark Holmes spoke with General Manager – Mr. Azhar Bin Ahmad and Head of Commercial – Ms. Melissa Sandhu about the role of NSAR within the industry, scope, and range of services.

NSAR continues to work with various transport and engineering trailblazers groups on the development of new rail and transport-related apprenticeship standards and relevant endpoint assessment plans, nationally and internationally.

To find out more about our work, visit www.nsar.co.uk/international

Exploring the productivity puzzle: Engineering Matters

Check out the latest Podcast from Engineering Matters entitled “Solving the productivity puzzle”. Since the global financial crisis and subsequent recession, UK productivity has flatlined despite the economic recovery which goes against the long term pattern. The podcast asks what can engineering consultants do about it!

To listen to the full podcast, click here.


You also want to view a presentation entitled “How our staff’s mental well being is linked to productivity” which looks at the interesting correlation between the two by NSAR  Head of Skills Intelligence, Neil Franklin.

You can download the presentation by clicking here.

Intertrain – NSAR Skills Symposium 2019 Official Sponsor

NSAR is proud to announce that Intertrain is the official sponsor for the 2019  Skills Symposium taking place on Friday 6th December 2019.

Intertrain is the UK’s leading rail training provider and in November 2019 they joined the Technical Training arm of City & Guilds Group alongside Gen2, offering high-quality face-to-face training, digital learning, assessment and certification across the UK to help improve the rail and engineering skills base. 

City & Guilds was established 140 years ago to help people and organisations develop the skills they need throughout their careers. As a charity, we reinvest in training to improve our offer to employers and, importantly, to individuals to provide access to quality skills development to people from a range of backgrounds and economic circumstances.

We look forward to having City & Guilds Managing Director of Technical Training – Martin Hottass share his perspective on the future of training and the impact of digital at the event.

To register for the upcoming Skills Symposium, click here

Queen Speech: Proposals on railway reform will be brought forward

Yesterday the Queen’s Speech stated that “proposals on railway reform will be brought forward”. Details on changes in how Britain’s railway will be run are not expected to be revealed until the Williams Review is published, but in July independent chairman Keith Williams said the priorities of the review were punctuality and reliability, safety, value for money, fares reform and accessibility.

The Rail Delivery Group was among the bodies welcoming the reference to rail reform. Chief Executive Paul Plummer said: “The industry welcomes the Government’s firm commitment to take forward the recommendations of the Williams Review, particularly its focus on fares and contract reform. Both are key to a new partnership between the public and private sectors in rail that delivers more for passengers and the country.”

Catch-up with Rail Diversity Week LIVE STREAMS

If you missed out on our LIVE STREAMS during Rail Diversity Week, feel free to view at skillslive.co

Hitachi  – Tuesday 24th Sept
Hosted by Pete Fletcher – Emerging Talent Specialist  
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East Midland Rail  – Friday 27th Sept
Hosted by Emma Albertsen – Apprenticeship Manager
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Rail Diversity Week was hosted by NSAR and SkillsLive.co and focused on enabling rail employers to connect with job seekers from all backgrounds including disabilities (in support of the Disability Confident Campaign) by providing insights into the vast and diverse range of job opportunities available in rail.

Find out more about skillslive.co by clicking here.

NSAR collaborates with organisations at an International level

NSAR is helping its member organisations internationally and working with national governments, industrial partners and blue-chip organisations providing a range of skills related services targeted at the promotion and development of technical and vocational skills education and training (TVET) in support of national industrial strategies.

NSAR is active in China, South East Asia, and the Middle East.

Download our International Leaflet to find out more about the work we do across the globe by clicking here.

An online tool ideal for Strategic Workforce Planning

Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) is a critical activity for any organisation looking for sustainability in a constantly changing economy. organisations need to ask themselves – What resources do I need? When do I need them? How best can I attain them? 

Did you know that NSAR’s Skills Intelligence Model (SIM) can assist with SWP so you can get the right skills and people for your organisation?
The online tool that 
allows detailed and innovative skills forecasting for a comprehensive picture of what skills are needed now, as well as in the future. DfT-assured and adopted by industry giant Network Rail, the SIM is user-friendly and capable of producing reports at an industry and company level. 

For more information or to see how the SIM can help you or your organisation click here.