Make a pledge for the Rail Benefit Fund

The legendary music mogul Pete Waterman is President of the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) and this week has announced an exciting opportunity – ‘Pledge for RBF!’

To be in with the chance of getting your hands on two tickets as guests of Pete Waterman at the forthcoming The X Factor: The Band on 5th December in Birmingham, we want you to tell us about an event or fundraising initiative you and your team are going to hold for RBF in 2020.

For every pledge made during the week 18-22 November, you will be entered into a prize draw to snap up 2 tickets to the live X Factor filming on Thursday 5th December in Birmingham, as guests of Pete Waterman!

To pledge or for more information click here.

Unlocking Innovation – M.A.D.E for Rolling Stock: 10th December 2019

Railway Industry Association will be hosting a series of “M.A.D.E for” Unlocking Innovation events, starting with the M.A.D.E for Rolling Stock conference, which is being hosted by the University of Huddersfield on 10 December 2019. The conference will feature a range of Network Rail Workshops on Rail,  Industry Development Centres (RIDC) testing facilities and an innovation exhibition showcasing products and services from rail suppliers.

Themes covered will include innovation, materials, automation, data and energy.

To register or for more information, click here.

NSAR AGM – Friday 6th December 2019, Stratford London (Members only)

Just over 3 weeks left to register for our Annual General Meeting taking place in Stratford, London right next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, on Friday 6th December 2019 from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

The occasion marks our 9th Annual General Meeting and as a Member of NSAR you are entitled to attend the meeting. 

Event Details

DATE & TIME: Friday 6th December 2019

VENUE: 5 Endeavour Square, Stratford London, E20 1JN
(next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park)

A formal notice and the full programme for the day will be sent to you shortly.
Please note that you must be an NSAR Member to attend.

Our Skills Symposium will proceed the AGM and we’re pleased to announce that Brian McBride is the guest speaker. It’s a rare opportunity you don’t want to miss! 

To register for the AGM click here

*Toggle the button on the registration form to confirm your attendance to the Skills Symposium as well.


Porterbrook Innovation Hub 2020 Workshop: 18th November 2019

Porterbrook is hosting a tailored workshop to support companies writing proposals for their products to be included on the Porterbrook Innovation Hub 2020 which will be showcased at Rail Live 2020.  Taking place on the 18th November 2019, the half-day workshop supports the Rail Supply Group’s ‘SME Growth through Collaboration’ programme led by Rail Forum Midlands.


  • Summation of Innovation Hub 2019 (Porterbrook)
  • Aims for the Innovation Hub 2020 (Porterbrook)
  • Aims of industry partnership (RFM)
  • Collaboration guidance (RFM)
  • Supplier Case Study from 2019

For more specific details about the workshop and how your particular product might benefit from the hub, please contact RFM’s CEO, Elaine Clark at

*Please note that bookings are restricted to one person per organisation.

Brian McBride of Trainline – Guest Speaker at 2019 NSAR Skills Symposium

We’re pleased to announce that Brian McBride is the guest speaker at the 2019 NSAR Skills Symposium taking place at the new TFL Offices in Stratford, London (next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park) on Friday 6th December 2019It’s a rare opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Just like us, we know you’re always hearing that the future is digital, but what we really want to know is what this means for us in the rail industry. Rail has,  and continues to make steps in shaping this future, but we need guidance on how we move forward. We are therefore delighted to bring to you a speaker who has been extensively involved in that journey, and is well placed to help us understand the upcoming challenges and what we might do next.  

Brian McBride is the Chairman of Trainline Plc and has an impressive career history; he’s undertook roles as the Chairman of the online fashion giant ASOS, Senior Non-Executive Director of PLC and Managing Director of Amazon to name just a few!

Brian is steering Trainline Plc’s future and knows what we should expect from digital advancements, the challenges and opportunities ahead. At our symposium Brian will be talking about what rail leaders need to do to prepare for a future that embraces all things digital.

Friday 6th December 2019

12:00pm – 2:45pm

TFL Offices
10th Floor
5 Endeavour Square, Stratford London, E20 1JN

To register for this event, click here.

Careers Exhibition at Waltham Forest College: 29th November 2019

Career Camp is hosting a Careers Exhibition at Waltham Forest College on 29th November 2019  for the opportunity for job seekers to meet local and national employers, and learn about careers within their organisations companies.

Hosted in partnership with London Borough of Waltham Forest’s ‘Digital Month’, the event will have a special focus on careers in the digital, creative, media, technology and telecom sectors.

The event is FREE to attend and no registration is required.
For more information, download the flyer here.

New document available on our Logistics & Freight EQA Website

NSAR External Quality Assurance Service for Logistics & Freight apprenticeships is now available. We recently have uploaded an Assessment Plan Guidance Note [Download] which outlines a mandatory improvement to the practical assessment approach for:

  • Supply Chain Warehouse Operative (Level 2)
  • Supply Chain Operator (Level 2)
  • Large Good Vehicle (Level 2)

To find out more or regarding our Logistics & Freight Service, click here

Middle East Rail: 25 – 26 February 2020, Dubai

Middle East Rail Conference and Exhibition takes place next year on 25 – 26 February 2020 at the World Trade Centre in Dubai. Entering its 14th year, the event is known as the premier rail industry event for innovation, technology and strategy for rail leaders and professionals within the region. View the video below:

To register or for more information, click here.

NEW vacancy at NSAR

At NSAR we work collaboratively to tackle the challenges within the rail industry. We offer a range of roles which will undoubtedly assist in contributing to a world-class railway within the UK. We have the following vacancy in our London office: 

Digital Communications Project Manager
Location: London
Hours: 40 per week, Monday – Friday
Salary: £35K – £45K depending on the level of experience.
Closing Date:
 12th December 2019

To apply or view the full job description click here

Network Rail apprenticeship scheme open

Network Rail is looking for its next generation of rail leaders with a Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship scheme. The three-year course is open for applications and will remain open until all places have been filled ready for March 2020 when the scheme starts.

Anyone aged 18 or over (on or by March 29 2020) will be eligible to apply for the Edexcel, City & Guilds and ILM accredited qualification. The apprenticeships will combine on-the-job training and classroom-based learning, enabling candidates to ‘earn as they learn’ and gain first-hand experience and skills from a range of different rail careers.  Candidates will gain chartered membership of a professional engineering institute and the potential to study for further qualifications.

For more information, click here.