Established in 2010, NSAR advocates for the rail sector to deliver a modern, efficient, world-class railway through the development of a highly skilled and productive workforce. Our membership is comprised of over 350 employers, training and skills organisations, private providers, in-company training providers, Further Education Colleges and Universities operating across the UK. By joining NSAR you and your organisation can become part of an active and respected community of like-minded people, sharing specialist knowledge and expertise in all aspects of rail focused on delivery and maintenance of a world-class rail service. 

How does NSAR membership benefit my organisation?

We will work with you to identify your skills needs, help you to plan, recruit and train your workforce. We will assess and assure the quality of training provision so you can be confident of a ready supply of trained and competent people. Membership of NSAR offers organisations: 

  • Bespoke skills consultancy 


  • Access to sector network groups that promote best practice and build collaboration between employers and education and training providers to address skills needs


  • Access to latest industry and sector news and skills information and insights

  • Participation in skills development steering groups       

  • Involvement in the development of skills strategies to ensure the long-term sustainability of the sector -Apprenticeships, upskilling, introduction of new technologies       

  • A collaborative voice for the sector to influence policy reform and development   

  • Access to sector research (future of rail, workforce skills forecast, diversity in rail, EU exit readiness)        

  • Advice and guidance on Apprenticeship levy and differences in vocational training across England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland 


  • Access to a range of IT tools to support skills and competency planning – SIM, SkillsID, Levy Planner

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