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.
NSAR has worked with the UK rail industry to put together an industry set of qualifications covering almost all areas of knowledge and skills ranging from Operations to Engineering, covering key roles within the industry.
At the same time, we have worked with education and training providers to shape a national supply chain to deliver these qualifications for the rail industry.
The supply chain includes NSAR quality assured Further Education Colleges, and Training Providers These FE Colleges and training providers are located around the UK providing a national supply chain for a national industry. A map of signed up members is attached.
We recognise the importance of attracting talent into the industry. We know we need to make our workforce more diverse; at the very least we only fish in just half of the proverbial talent pool.
National Network of Colleges and training providers can make a real contribution to improving the diversity of the workforce in rail. As part of their membership they will work with NSAR to promote the rail industry – and its unusually wide breadth of roles – to the whole College student population, giving our industry access to nearly 100,000 young people.
Our partner FE Colleges and training providers are quality-focused institutions. They understand the rail industry and they understand apprenticeships. As paid members of the NSAR’s National Network of Colleges and training providers, they are provided with the latest skills intelligence from NSAR; they have access to the NSAR Apprenticeship Levy Planner and can be part of NSAR Connect, our rail placement service for Apprentices, Students and Graduates.
The rail industry is keenly aware of the need to develop skills; rail is also aware that over £35m will flow out of the industry, each year, through the Apprenticeship Levy; unless we take action to recruit new staff as apprentices and upskill existing members of the workforce. We need to take positive action to keep the apprenticeship levy funds in the industry, recruit and train people with skills, and especially advanced technical skills.
By developing a National Network of College and training providers, we now have a supply chain to balance demand and supply.
The rail industry represents 1% of UK’s GDP, generating £16bn every year. It currently includes 2000+ firms that employ over 230,000 people. In the next 10 years the rail sector will benefit from £100 billion investment creating opportunities for new skills and new jobs.
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 becoming a select partner.
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.
If you are interested in becoming one of our partner FE Colleges/ training providers or would like further information, please contact: Thanuja Kandasamy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
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