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.

Suppliers, help keep Britain moving – A message from Network Rail

Please observe a message from
Clive BerringtonCommercial & Procurement Director | Route Services | Network Rail

Dear Colleagues,

We are putting plans in place to minimise disruption to rail services and support the movement of key workers and goods around our country at this difficult time.

A crucial element of our business continuity planning is ensuring we can call on enough skilled and experienced frontline workers to maintain rail infrastructure. The measures put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 mean there will be times in the coming months when this will be extremely challenging.

We require your support in meeting this challenge head-on by making us aware of any members of your teams who could fill our business-critical roles. Specifically, we are looking for:

– Ex-Signallers
– Ex-Crossing Keepers
– Ex-Roster Clerks
– Ex-Mobile Operations Managers
– Ex-Electrical Control Operators

If you are aware of any members of staff who are willing to help us, please could you contact us via your local Network Rail teams or the following email address to provide their names, experience by role, competencies and location to COVID-19supplychain@networkrail.co.uk .

Another successful Apprenticeship Intermediary Masterclass in Oxford

This week we hosted another Apprenticeship Intermediary Masterclass in Oxford. Again the workshop focused on the changes to the government apprenticeship service and how to utilise the Apprenticeship Intermediary Service including:

  • How apprenticeships have changed for smaller employers
  • Understanding the apprenticeship service
  • Introducing the “Making apprenticeship work for smaller employers – toolkit”
  • Intermediary support

Representatives from the Activate Learning, Oxford City Council, Ace Training, CITB, and Ignite Sport UK were all in attendance. With thanks to Paddy Patterson Partnership Lead for delivering the workshop.

To find out more about our Masterclasses or to find a Masterclass near you visit the www. apprenticeshipintermediaryservice.co.uk

Smallpeice Trust Future Railway Engineering Course: 20th – 23rd July 2020

Smallpeice is delivering the Future Railway Engineering (for YRS 11 and 12) course this summer as a result of the increasing demand for rail transport and the need for a new generation of railway engineers to tackle tomorrow’s challenges. The 4-day course (20th – 23rd July 2020) includes a series of lectures to give you a feel for what university life is like, covering a range of subjects including:

  • The challenges the railways face and the advanced technology they increasingly use to make them safer,
    cleaner, more efficient, reliable, greener and cost-effective
  • How trains protect their passengers in the event of a crash, why aerodynamics are so important for high
    speed trains, and why train control systems are so complicated and expensive
  • How you could contribute to this growing industry as an apprentice or graduate engineer
  • Work in a small team to tackle one of two design challenges to either design, build and test a scale-model crashworthy rail vehicle, or develop a next-generation train control system. Your design will need to meet a
    challenging specification based on real-world requirements, and you’ll be competing with other teams to see who comes up with the best solution.
  • Enhancing your CV and make your UCAS application stand out.

To find out more click here.

Rail in the 2020 Spring Budget

Yesterday the NEW Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak stated  “We’re also going to build better railways” whilst setting out the Government’s plans for spending based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility.   The Chancellor announced that around £640 billion of gross capital investment will be provided for roads, railways, communications, schools, hospitals and power networks across the UK by 2024-25.

The budget included:

  • £20m to develop an outline business case with detailed designs and costings for the Midlands Rail Hub programme of improvements to rail services between the region’s cities;
  • A devolution deal to establish a West Yorkshire Combined Authority with a directly-elected Mayor from May 2021. This would devolve significant decision-making powers on transport, planning and skills, underpinning a long-term transport settlement for the region starting in 2022-23. As part of this, the government is to provide up to £500 000 to support regeneration in Bradford and the development of plans to increase the benefits of potential Northern Powerhouse Rail connections;
  • Removing the entitlement to use red diesel from April 2022, except in rail, agriculture, fish farming and for non-commercial heating;
  • £95m for the £103m Metro Flow programme of capacity and reliability improvements to the Tyne & Wear Metro. This will include upgrading and electrifying a freight line in South Tyneside from September 2022 to make it capable of carrying Metro services, doubling three section of single track, and purchasing four extra trains in addition to the 42 which have already been funded;
  • £40m for Preston City Region, including £25m for a new station at Cottam Parkway;
  • £166m for Sheffield City Region, including a new stop at Magna on the Rotherham tram-train line and bus rapid transit in Barnsley;
  • £39·9m for a new bus station, improved rail station and other improvements in Halifax;
  • A multi-modal transport hub at Stoke-on-Trent station;
  • £4·2bn for the transport networks of eight city regions across England from 2022-23, to be delivered through five-year consolidated transport settlements agreed with central government and based on plans put forward by Mayors. Following the approach in London, the settlements would be published once they have been agreed, ‘providing transparency and accountability while giving Mayors the flexibility and certainty to deliver their plans’;
  • £50m to improve accessibility at 12 stations, including Newtown, Beeston, Eaglescliffe and Walkden;
  • A station at Cambridge South, improving connectivity to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

You can read the full budget speech by clicking here.

Register for an Apprenticeship Intermediary Service Masterclass near you

Register for one of our FREE upcoming Masterclasses where intermediaries for smaller employers can gain access to tools, resources and up-to-date information on the changes to apprenticeship standards, and the apprenticeship service.

Classes will cover:

  • How apprenticeships have changed for smaller employers
     
  • Understanding the apprenticeship service
     
  • Introducing the ‘Making Apprenticeships Work for
    Smaller Employers’ Toolkit
     
  • Supporting smaller employers with the apprenticeship service
     
  • How apprenticeship standards can add value and deliver a return on investment for smaller employers

Ensure you are equipped with the knowledge to continue to provide apprenticeship business support and advice for smaller employers.

TO REGISTER FOR ONE OF MASTERCLASS CLICK HERE.

Another successful Apprenticeship Intermediary Masterclass

Last week we hosted another Apprenticeship Intermediary Masterclass. This time we held it in Edgbaston Birmingham tailoring the content for training providers. The workshop focused on the changes to the government apprenticeship service, the impact on  providers, as well as showing how to utilise the Apprenticeship Intermediary Service including:

  • How apprenticeships have changed for smaller employers
  • Understanding the apprenticeship service
  • Introducing the “Making apprenticeship work for smaller employers – toolkit”
  • Intermediary support

Representatives from the University Collge Birmingham, ACCB, Crackerjack Training, Telford College, Aspiration Training and Dudley College were all in attendance. With thanks to Head Of Project Delivery Sara O’Brien, Louise Ward Apprenticeship and Amanda Cleary Project Partner Lead for delivering the workshop.

To find out more about our Masterclasses or to find a Masterclass near you visit the www. apprenticeshipintermediaryservice.co.uk

Last week NSAR celebrated International Women’s Day 2020

NSAR continues to support gender diversity and last week we attended the Eastern Region’s International Women’s Day event hosted by Network Rail in celebration of International Women’s Day. Taking place at the Andaz Hotel in  London Liverpool Street, London, the event recognised Women within the industry and highlighted NetworkRail’s approach to diversity and inclusion and the impact it has on the industry.

Speakers included:

  • Ellie Burrows: Route Director, Anglia, NetworkRail
  • Daisy Chapman-Chamberlain: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Community Rail
  • Loraine Martins: Director of Diversity and inclusion, NetworkRail
  • Katie Hulland: President, Women in Transport