NSAR supports TFL’s “Get into Transport” Apprenticeship Fair 2020

NSAR will be supporting Transport for London’s (TfL) it’s annual “Get into Transport” Apprenticeship Fair,  taking place on Monday 3rd February 2020 at the RBKC Kensington Town Hall. The event will showcase hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships from over 30 different organisations across the transport sector.

Employers are looking for motivated candidates of all levels and any age who are interested in a career in the transportation industry. Apprenticeships on offer including office and site-based roles ranging from Level 2 to 7:

  • Customer Service
  • Business Administration
  • Civil Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Transport Planning
  • Track Maintenance
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Digital Solutions
  • Business Analyst
  • Rail Telecoms

Hosted in collaboration with HS2, Network Rail and Heathrow, the fair is a fantastic opportunity to discover the breadth of exciting careers within transportation.

To find out more or to register here.

Rail Apprenticeships Standards Review Workshop: 28th January 2020

The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IFATE) consultation to determine stakeholder views on specific engineering and manufacturing standards is in progress and there are a number of standards that will be of interest to rail employers.

Your participation is essential in ensuring that the standards meet the needs of the industry, as well as influencing the future of engineering and manufacturing. 

NSAR wishes to ensure as many rail stakeholders as possible participate in this consultation to ensure the standards will work for organisations of all sizes. Subsequently, NSAR will be hosting a workshop on 28th January 2020, 12:00pm at our premises to update members on the most recent apprenticeship performance insights and to support members wanting to participate in the review.  A light lunch will be provided upon arrival.

To register for the event clicking here.


In the meantime, we have produced this information pack (click the image to the right) which provides:

  1. A link to the IFATE Engineering & Manufacturing Consultation Website
  2. The survey questions to help you prepare for your submission
  3. The Occupational Map: Engineering and Manufacturing – to help you complete the survey section related to your views on the content of the map.

Rail Apprenticeships Review: Have Your Say

The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IFATE) is currently undertaking a review of the Rail Apprenticeship Standards which includes: 

  • ST0067 – Bus and Coach Engineering Technician
  • ST0528 – High Speed Rail and Infrastructure Technician
  • ST0495 – Rail and Rail Systems Engineer
  • ST0497 – Rail and Rail Systems Principal Engineer
  • ST0496 – Rail and Rail Systems Senior Engineer
  • ST0316 – Rail Engineering Advanced Technician
  • ST0318 – Rail Engineering Technician
  • ST0317 – Rail Engineering Operative

As part of the review, IFATE is inviting employers, training providers and apprentices to complete a survey.

Your participation is essential in ensuring that the standards meet the needs of the industry, as well as influencing the future of engineering and manufacturing. 

The consultation period will close on Wednesday 5th February 2020.
We will be issuing an information pack on Monday 14th January 2020 providing guidance on completing the survey.

ORR publishes HS1 periodic review 2019: final determination

Yesterday the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) published  HS1 periodic review 2019: final determination, which includes total operating, maintenance and renewals charges for train services using the HS1 network from 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2025.

A key aspect of this review focuses on how to catch-up historic underfunding for longterm renewals. High Speed 1 is considered a valuable public asset and the ORR have sought to ensure the assets can be kept in good condition in the long-term at lowest possible cost.

To download the document click here.

Evolve or Die by Brian McBride

If you missed NSAR’s Skills Symposium 2019  (6th December 2019) then you will have missed Brian McBride’s (Chairman of Trainline PLC) presentationEvolve or Die”. If you were able to attend we hope you found the presentation useful and informative. Feel free to download the presentation on the link below:

[Download Presentation] – Evolve or Die 

We look forward to hosting you at future events.

All aboard for 2020 – A New Year and A New Decade

Welcome to 2020 – a New Year and a New Decade!

We hope you had a restful and enjoyable festive break but the work never stops for NSAR. We look forward to continuing to support our members and clients in key areas relating to people and skills, as well as providing expert advice and insights to the government on a wide range of skills matters in, and surrounding the rail industry.

New Year! New Apprenticeship Service!

New Year! New Apprenticeship Service! This is the year that smaller employers take the driving seat with apprenticeships. The Apprenticeship Service lands this month and you can find practical tools, guides and resources in an easy-to-understand language on how smaller employers can get involved with the new way of accessing apprenticeships in 2020. We can point you in the right direction to your local smaller business intermediaries and put your business in the driving seat with apprenticeships.

To find out more, contact: apprenticeships@nsar.co.uk 

NEW Quality Assurances Workshops & Training Provider Forums in 2020

2020 is just around the corner and NSAR has another series of quality assurance workshops and training provider forums ready for the new year. Our workshop and forums are for anybody involved in managing a training & assessment provider within the rail industry.

To find out more or to view the full list of QA Workshops and Provider Forums available in for 2020, click here.