NSAR at the Brent Local Authority Careers Show

Yesterday,  NSAR attended the Brent Local Authority Careers Show at the Brent Civic Centre in Wembley. Young adults from local schools, colleges and Jobcentres met with employers looking to fill roles in the fields of technology, digital and engineering.

Skills Live was available for demonstration enabling both the employer and potential employee, to see how the online platform uses video insights from young apprentices as a way to explain the skills required for different job roles in rail.

NSAR at Accelerate Rail 2019

Yesterday NSAR  attended Accelerate Rail 2019 which took place at Hilton Tower Bridge in  London. The event saw key decision makers and leading figures from TOCs, ROSCOsNetwork Rail to examine emerging opportunities and challenges shaping the UK rail industry.

NSAR Chief Executive Officer Neil Robertson hosted a breakfast roundtable entitledAssessing the rail industry’s exposure to Brexit: opportunities and challenges” which focused on the implications of Brexit negotiations, and to what extent is the industry prepared for change?

Help us address the skills shortage within the rail industry

Skills Live can help with two major issues faced by employers across the rail industry:

  1. address skills shortage
  2. Promote and encourage diversity

Using video insights, skills live can reach out to young people from diverse backgrounds

You can help by letting us film with one or two of your employees. NSAR is partnering with DWP to highlight job opportunities across their Jobcentre Plus network using Skills Live, featuring video insights that bring to life the skills of job roles through the experiences of employees.

To make a video or see how you can get involved please contact: sharman.cunningham@nsar.co.uk

NSAR featured on FEnews.co.uk

NSAR Head Of Assessment Barry Smith features on FEnews.co.uk this week discussing NSAR’s ability provide external quality assurance for 14 digital apprenticeship standards, 4 freight and logistics standards, and 5 rail standards.

Barry states “The rail sector wanted employer-led, external quality assurance of their apprenticeships and our EQA methodology and the approach has resonated with employers beyond just rail. Our methodology is derived from the needs of each assessment plan, how risks to the validity of assessments are mitigated and how occupational competence ensured.”

To read the full article and find out more click here.

NSAR Productivity, Skills and Technology Symposium takes place this week!

Don’t forget that the NSAR Productivity, Skills and Technology Symposium takes place THIS THURSDAY and there is still time to register. The event aims to tackle productivity, skills and technology in the context of the rail sector and will cover the following:

  • Human factors and non-technical skills
  • Mental well-being and its link to productivity
  • New technologies for rail employers 

Our online services Skills Live and SkillsID will be available for demonstration. Skills Live uses video insights from young apprentices as a way to explain the skills required for different job roles in rail. SkillsID provides instant access an organisation’s training and competence records.

To register your place today , click here.

Getting young Londoners onto the right track

Getting that important first job can be a challenge particularly if you are young and come from a disadvantaged background. That is why South Western Railway has teamed-up with The Prince’s Trust to run a customer service employability skills courses for young people called Get into South Western Railway. The four-week vocational training course gives up to 14 young people a chance to develop the skills that will help them unlock their potential and build their confidence. To-date, South Western Railway has run two courses. Plans are already being made for a third course in May 2019.

NSAR supports young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds too and will be launching a video platform called Skills Live as a way to engage people with career opportunities in rail.  We are partnering with DWP to run a campaign across their Jobcentre Plus network using Skills Live as a way to engage young people with the jobs in the rail industry.

Help us connect young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with careers in the rail industry, by letting us film with one or two of your employees and promote this great industry through Skills Live.

To find out more view about Skills Live click here.

NSAR Rail External Quality Assurance is now Live!

NSAR is proud to announce that the IfATE has approved the Rail Apprenticeship Quality Board, supported by NSAR to deliver the external quality assurance (EQA) service for five Rail Apprenticeship standards.

This, in addition to our Digital EQA Service, will ensure that the end point assessments are compliant with employer wishes, consistent in assessment delivery and comparable across end-point assessment organisations with the rail industry. Our goal is to give rail employers confidence in the assessment market places for each standard we cover, allowing them to choose which assessment provider works best for them.

For more information regarding Rail Apprenticeships, click here.

RIA Innovation Conference 19th – 20th March 2019, Telford

The Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) Innovation Conference takes place next week on 19 & 20 March 2019 at the Telford International Conference Centre.  The Conference is set to be another industry-leading event with a line-up of speakers that includes:

  • Andrew Haines OBE, Network Rail Chief Executive
  • Mark Thurston, HS2 Ltd Chief Executive
  • Andy Mellors, South Western Railway Managing Director
  • Toufic Machnouk, Network Rail Route Programme Director
  • Mike Bennett , Technology Manager – Software, Research and Technology, Rolls-Royce Control Systems
  • Clive Roberts, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education
  • Phillippa Oldham, Head of National Network Programmes, Advanced Propulsion Centre
  • Andrew Dodsworth, Continuous Improvement Director, Balfour Beatty

NSAR Head Of Skills Intelligence Neil Franklin will be hosting a table session entitled “Skills Intelligence to drive your business” The session will focus on:

  • How skills intelligence can help your business
  • Understanding how the skills the industry needs will change in the coming years?
  • Recruiting and training the right people
  • How the apprenticeship levy works
  • How improved skills can improve the productivity and therefore profitability of your business

To book your place or to find out more information, click here.

The 10% fee that small businesses pay for apprentices will be halved from April 1st 2019

Chancellor Philip Hammond has revealed that the 10% fee that small businesses must pay when they take on apprentices will be halved from April 1st 2019.

In his Budget speech in October, Philip Hammond announced that the contribution non-levy paying companies pay towards apprenticeship training would fall to 5%. In his Spring statement the chancellor said:

“To help small businesses take on more apprentices I can announce that I am bringing forward the £700 million package of reforms I announced at the budget to the start of the new financial year in April.”

The 5% contribution will only apply to new starters when the change
comes into effect. The policy will also apply to levy-paying employers when their levy pot is empty. The government predicts that
cutting the co-investment in half will cost the Treasury an extra £70 million a year by 2022.

Don’t forget to consider using the NSAR Apprenticeship Levy Planner – designed to model the apprenticeship programmes that best fit the needs of an employer, small or large. The calculator is easy to use allowing employers to quickly see how to optimise its levy contribution and ensure that they are developing and investing in the right skills needed for the future.

For more information or to see how the NSAR Apprentice Levy Planner can help you, click here.