Strategic Workforce Planning

Strategic workforce planning (SWP) remains a critical activity for any organisation looking for sustainability. Addressing the question on what resources do I need, when do I need them and how best to attain these can often be a daunting exercise. NSAR realised the urgent need for organisations to employ SWP and have developed a tool which can greatly assist in the process. The Skills Intelligence Model (SIM) is a statistical tool which uses data on today’s workforce and future investment plan levels to forecast the future required workforce. DfT assured and UKRIA-nominated, the online platform can report at an industry and company level in a user-friendly way. The SIM allows users to conduct scenario mapping, business modelling, cost savings and efficiency projections and integral to SWP. To see how NSAR can help you with SWP or to utilise the SIM click here.

#TransportHeroes Toolkit

#TransportHeroes Toolkit #TransportHeroes is an opportunity for the industry and the public to come together to highlight the great work happening across the transport industry and to say thank you to the #TransportHeroes keeping the UK moving during the coronavirus outbreak. DfT will work in partnership with the industry as well as other stakeholders from across the country to coordinate regular social media activity to raise awareness of #TransportHeroes Get Involved… @transportgovuk will be sharing content every Monday (starting from 6 April) on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to shine a spotlight on transport workers, highlighting the great work they have been doing and to share our thanks. Wewould appreciate any support by amplifying the content on your own channels and to get involved by using the hashtag #TransportHeroes and branded assets. You can tag us in your posts by using our handle @transportgovuk on Twitter and Instagram.To help you get started and spark some ideas, we’ve highlighted a few content examples below: Content ideas…
  • Pictures–share a collection of images that have been sent to you by staff
  • Quote cards–share supportive quotes from your employees
  • Vox pops–get people to share short video clips to bring to life the work they are doing
  • Twitter polls–use polls to create engaging ways to bring facts and stats to life What #TransportHeroes looks like…
We’ve developed a #TransportHeroes badge and supporting social media templates–all we ask is that your content features this branding and the hashtag#TransportHeroes in any copy. We will amplify a mixture of content across our channels, so please get in touch beforehand if you are keen for us to support an interesting story. If you need any more information or help. Please contact the digital team at DfT and we will support in any way we can. Details below:
  #TransportHeroes Badge and Assets #TransportHeroes Badge:
  • Please add this badge to photos or at the end of videos to show your support   #TransportHeroes Instagram Story Thank You Template:
  • Insert your own picture or message on top of the template and share on Instagram
PNG: JPEG:   #TransportHeroes image/video Banner: Please place the banner at the top or bottom of your image. PNG Banner Only: PowerPoint template:

Government issues formal notice to Proceed with HS2

The government has given formal approval for construction work on the HS2 rail project to begin despite lockdown measures. The announcement will see an army of workers set about the task of building Britain’s new north-south railway line with over 11,000 staff, rising to 15,000 by the end of the year, and 30,000 by peak construction and train building.

The detailed design and construction will operate within Public Health England guidelines and those involved in phase one will need to follow social distancing rules as a result of COVID-19. “In these difficult times, today’s announcement represents both an immediate boost to the construction industry – and the many millions of UK jobs that the industry supports – and an important investment in Britain’s future. While the country’s focus is rightly on defeating COVID-19, this ensures that our contractors and their supply chains have the confidence that they can commit to building HS2, generating thousands of skilled jobs across the country as we recover from the pandemic.” Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd NSAR welcomes the news as it will see regional economies transformed right the way up to Scotland and signifies the essential need for high-quality rail services within the UK.

View video round-ups of our recent Apprenticeship Intermediary Masterclasses

Check out the videos from our recent Apprentice Intermediary Masterclasses which took place online covering the following regions: 

To gain access to other resources to help you and smaller employers navigate the apprenticeship service, register your details on to our microsite by visiting: 

NSAR EQA Employer Briefing for managing disruption to apprenticeships caused by COVID-19

View NSAR EQA’s  Employer Briefing for Managing Disruption to Apprenticeships caused by COVID-19. The document is designed to support employers who are faced with the prospect of having to put their apprentices on Furlough.  It pulls from together information from a variety of sources and seeks to provide you with some clarity on the impact, what options are available.  Our aim is to protect apprentices and provide you, as their employer, with the information that you need to choose the path that works for you.

To download the Employer Briefing click here.

Women in Rail: Clap for Our Carers: 26 March 2020, 8pm

Supported by Women in Rail, Clap for Your Carer encourages everyone to stand on the doorstep of their home, garden, window or balcony on Thursday 26 March at 8pm and give a huge round of applause to thank all the carers, Doctors, Nurses, GPs and other NHS workers who are working tirelessly to face the horrendous challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign is a national initiative and participants are encouraged to stream their applause on social media channels, using the following hastag: #clapforourcarers. Of course, when taking part, please make sure you and your loved ones observe the social distancing measures by staying at least 2m away from any other person. Please do join us on Thursday at 8pm to say a big thank you to all our heroic NHS workers and carers for their ongoing hard work. During these unprecedented times, they need to know we are grateful.