National Training Partnership




NSAR launches National Training Partnership to support world-class career opportunities in rail

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) announced the launch of the National Training Partnership, a new skills initiative to help solve the growing demand for new talent across the rail sector. The National Training Partnership will bring together NSAR’s newly formed National Network of Colleges and Training Providers, the Training Alliance and Quality Assurance provision and will support the UK rail industry in achieving an integrated approach to education, professional development and training.


By developing a National Network of College and training providers, we now have a supply chain to balance demand and supply.


Advantages for UK Rail Employers to engage with Partner FE Colleges in the National Training Partnership:

Partner FE Colleges have extensive experience in the end to end delivery and management of apprenticeships
Partner FE Colleges have experience in understanding and managing apprenticeship rules and funding
Partner FE Colleges have extensive experience working collaboratively with employers and for quality delivery
Partner FE Colleges can access 60,000 young people, from diverse backgrounds, to actively promote rail as a career
Partner FE Colleges have a good understanding of the UK rail industry and its needs, through NSAR
Partner FE Colleges work collaboratively with owners of specialist UK rail training resources, through the Training Alliance, to form a professional supply chain to deliver rail apprenticeships across the UK
Partner FE Colleges are located around the UK

BMet BMet is a further & higher education college with 10 campuses distributed within Birmingham. The college was created in 2009 as an amalgamation of Matthew Boulton & Sutton Coldfield College
Derby Derby College is a further education centre with sites located within Derbyshire, England and the surrounding area. The college is a member of the Collab Group of high-performing further-education institutions.
Dudley Dudley College of Technology is a further and higher education college based in Dudley, England. The college’s long history dates back 1862 when the Dudley Public Hall and Mechanics Institute was first built.
MyerscoughBuilt on the site of the old Myerscough Hall, some six miles north of Preston, Myerscough College is a land-based Higher and Further Education college dating back to the 19th century.
NewcastleNewcastle College is a Further Education and Higher Education college in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The college has a complex history, being an amalgamation of various colleges and training providers. The college is a part of a larger corporation called NCG (formerly the Newcastle College Group).
RunshawRunshaw College is a further and higher education college based at three centres in Leyland and Euxton, Lancashire, England
https_cdn.evbuc.comimages4399641864805749331original The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is one of London's top further education colleges for success rates and student course satisfaction. With two London bases in Enfield and Tottenham they offer over 300 vocational courses across a wide range of subjects.
warw_RGB-1024x328 One of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK, with unique colleges across two counties, they aim to deliver learning experiences which lead to the development of wider skill bases and improved destinations for all of our students.

Coleg Gwent

unnamed One of the largest colleges in Wales over 18,000 students, Coleg Gwent offer an inspiring range of academic or vocational courses including A Levels and Apprenticeships, university level Higher Education options, professional qualifications or workforce training for employers.

Barking & Dagenham

Barking_and_Dagenham_College_logo Home to over 12,000 students annually, Barking & Dagenham College provides high quality technical & professional training utilising some the best training centres and facilities in London.

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As an FE College or training provider, you want your students to succeed and progress to a worthwhile and rewarding career. A strategic link with the UK rail industry will provide an incentive for students to come to your College to study and in return, the rail industry has access to that talent pool. UK rail sector also includes: Leadership & Management, IT, Customer Service, Finance and much more. The absence of an engineering department will not preclude an FE College or training provider becoming a select partner.

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Advantages for FE Colleges to engage with the UK rail industry:

Specialise in a fast-growing, niche, industry
Select group of FE Colleges covering the UK, working with owners of specialist UK rail training resources, through the Training Alliance, to form a professional supply chain to deliver rail apprenticeships across the UK
Promote careers in rail to all students; rail is relatively unknown as career and offers great opportunities
Excellent labour market information available from NSAR
Potential market of 2000 Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships across the UK
Highest level funding for Level 2 and Level 3 Rail Engineering apprenticeships
Opportunities to attract full-time students


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If you are interested in becoming one of our partner FE Colleges/ training providers or would like further information, please contact: Thanuja Kandasamy at:


  • Selected partner FE Colleges & training providers
  • Selected partner Universities
  • Network Rail Workforce
  • Development Centres (WDC)
  • Specialist academies eg.
  • National Training Academy Rail
  • NSAR Quality Assured training providers

  • A strong belief, active advocacy and promotion of rail careers to College students and through outreach work
  • Ofsted Grade Good or Outstanding
  • All sub-contracted rail related training to be undertaken solely with NSAR quality assured training providers
  • NSAR membership
  • Developing links with rail-related companies
  • Links with partner universities

  • Promotion of the national network to the UK rail industry
  • Up to date Skills Intelligence (roles, employment trends in rail, opportunities e.g. update on driver training)
  • Brokerage service matching rail apprenticeship jobs to applicants
  • Advice on promoting the rail industry
  • Careers map into the rail industry – helping students make a sustainable career choice
  • Links with Network Rail WDCs and specialist academies (e.g.. National Training Academy for Rail and North West Transport Training Academy)
  • Recommendation of partner FE Colleges to sector companies for rail apprenticeship delivery

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The network is not bound by a formal memorandum. It presents a national map of providers who actively support the rail industry and provide rail related education.

NSAR Training Map

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