SkillsID: Manage your workforce competency levels at the click of a button

Manage your workforce competency levels at the click of a button using SkillsID. An online tool that enables you to identify your organisation’s level of competence, as well as understanding its commercial ability.  Developed by NSAR in collaboration with rail industry employers, the competency management system enables organisations of all sizes to manage competency levels at the click of a button.  The service features:
  • A completely paperless interface allowing digital signatures on documents
  • Geo-mapped authentication for pinpoint tracking of your assessment location
  • A career planner tool enabling you to view the competency gap between roles and the necessary training required to progress
  • Secure cloud storage so that you can upload any supporting documents and images.
Get instant access and oversight of your workforces’ competence with SkillsID visit and log an inquiry.

NEW DATES – Medway Lunchtime Webinars 2021

NEW dates are available for the  Medway Lunchtime Webinars if you are keen to bounce back and thrive in 2021! Why not see how apprentices can help your business by fast-tracking your understanding of apprenticeships to enable you to bring exciting new talent into your business. Hear from experts on Apprenticeships and answer the; ‘How?’, ‘What?’ and ‘Why?’ Your journey to new talent starts here.

To register your place on one of the tailored webinars please click here.

Transport Secretary launches £794m investment to boost rail links in North and South

A £794m investment package to reopen two important rail routes closed more than 50 years ago has been announced last week by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. The new funding includes £760m for the delivery of the next phase of East-West Rail, which will create 1,500 skilled jobs and reinstate direct rail services between Bicester and Bletchley for the first time since 1968. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Restoring railways helps put communities back on the map and this investment forms part of our nationwide effort to build back vital connections and unlock access to jobs, education and housing. A reminder that NSAR knows that major investment will require human resources with the appropriate skills and expertise to deliver. NSAR’s Skills & Training division offers a range of services to assist in developing and training the right people to support employers embarking on major projects. To find out visit and log and inquiry.

HS2 Minister publishes additional safeguarding directions for Phase 2b Eastern Leg of route

Last week the HS2 Minister published additional safeguarding directions for the High Speed Two (HS2) railway for the West Midlands to Leeds section of the HS2 route to reflect the latest design of the HS2 railway. The final design of the HS2 Phase 2b Eastern Leg and its integration with Northern Powerhouse Rail will be determined by the government’s integrated rail plan which will be published in the first half of this year.

Click here to download the additional safeguarding directions.

Build the future – National Apprenticeship Week 2021!

It’s less than 3 weeks to National Apprenticeship Week 2021!  This year will be different the National Apprenticeship Service will be celebrating those employers and apprentices who have adapted and inspired in such a difficult year.  Organisations will also be highlighting the importance of apprenticeships and how they provide real business benefits and boost careers.

To see how you can get involved click here.

Employer Agreement update published

The apprenticeship funding policy team has issued an Update article to the Apprenticeship service employer agreement. The latest version of the agreement will be available for employers to accept through their apprenticeship service account from 1 Feb 2021. Employers will need to accept the latest agreement if they wish to apply for incentive payments for apprentices who start their apprenticeship between 1 Feb 2021 and 31 March 2021, where they are eligible to do so.

To find out more, click here.

Skills for Jobs White Paper launched

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has published the Skills for Jobs White Paper which contains landmark reforms that will transform post-16 education and training, boost skills and get more people into work. The paper encapsulates the Prime Minister’s new Lifetime Skills Guarantee, setting out a blueprint for a post-16 education system that will ensure everyone can gain the skills they need to progress in work at any stage of their lives. In addition, the White Paper identifies overhauling the funding and accountability rules, so funding is better targeted at supporting high-quality education and training that meets the needs of employers, and introducing new powers to intervene when colleges are failing to deliver good outcomes for the communities they serve.

To download the paper click here.

NEW vacancy at NSAR

At NSAR we work collaboratively to tackle the challenges within the realm of skills and apprenticeships industry. We offer a range of roles that will undoubtedly assist in contributing to skills, training, and development within Rail. We have the following vacancy available:

Part-Time Quality Assurance Manager Hours: 24 hrs per week, Monday – Friday Salary:  £25K To apply or view the full job description click here