Accounts Committee raises concerns over government reforms to the apprenticeships programme

The Department for Education (the Department) has failed to make the progress that it predicted when it reformed the apprenticeships programme in spring 2017. The number of apprenticeship starts fell by 26% after the apprenticeship levy was introduced and, although the level is now recovering, the government will not meet its target of 3 million starts by March 2020.

To read the The Apprenticeships Programme: Progress Review click here.

A reminder that NSAR has been working with various transport and engineering trailblazers groups on the development of new rail and transport related apprenticeship standards and relevant end point assessment plans. Want to find out more, click here.

A call to employers to get involved in the DWP Diversity Campaign

Rail employers, we need your help?

Let us film one or two of your employees for our new online platform Skills Live  so that you can help us and DWP highlight job opportunities across their Jobcentre Plus network by reaching out to young people from diverse backgrounds. 

Skills Live is an online platform that provides an alternative for organisations wishing to connect with new talent by using video insights to explain a job roles and key functions.

To find out more about Skills Live and our partnership with DWP aimed at helping more young people into rail employment, please contact Sharman Cunningham at sharman.cunningham@nsar.co.uk

NSAR at the Train Driver Academy Conference

Yesterday NSAR  attended the Train Driver Academy Conference which took place at the Congress Centre, London.  The event celebrated the launch of the Train Drivers Academy and its goal to ensure that trainees receive a consistent, inclusive and high quality learning experience, quality assured by the Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson delivered a talk on the importance of  Diversity & Inclusion in rail and a workshop reflected this topic. Other workshops covered  recruitment and training.

Alongside key industry figures Kirsty Derry (HR Director EMT & Chair of Train Driver Academy Board) and Mick Whelan (ASLEF General Secretary), other speakers included:

  • Dalvinder Rai (National Equality & Diversity Advisor at the Asian Fire Service Association)
  • Nicola Green (Legal Director of Employment at Capsticks Solicitors LLP)
  • Paul Glynn (getabstract)
  • Simon Rennie (General Manager at NTAR)

Congratulations to the Train Driver Academy for a successful event!

A discussion on the latest trends around international and workplace training

Don’t forget that the exclusive NSAR Symposium – A discussion on the latest trends around international and workplace training will take place on 11th June 2019. The event will bring together a select group of individuals for a thought-provoking session to talk about this increasingly topical subject.

We are also delighted to inform you that we have a special guest speaker from the World Bank Group. More details on this event will follow shortly.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: 
Tuesday 11th June 2019

Time:
2:00pm – 3:30pm 

Location:
London  

 

To register for this event click here.

NSAR meets with China’s Occupational Skill Testing Authority (OSTA)

Last week a delegation from China’s Occupational Skill Testing Authority  (OSTA) a body which is responsible for the licensing of foreign qualifications met with Mark Holmes and Barry Smith of NSAR to learn about UK Apprenticeships and the UK vocational education system.

NSAR has been working with various transport and engineering trailblazers groups on the development of new rail and transport related apprenticeship standards and relevant end point assessment plans,  nationally and internationally. To find out  more about our work click here.

 

Skills Live content creation continues for the DWP Diversity Campaign

We had a great filming session with Mason Johnson, Engineering Apprentice and Michael Butterworth, Depot Driver Apprentice from East Midlands Trains. The forthcoming video content will feature on Skills Live aiming to inspire job seekers from the Jobcentre Plus network about the great opportunities in rail.

To find out more about Skills Live and our partnership with DWP aimed at helping more young people into rail employment, please contact Sharman Cunningham at sharman.cunningham@nsar.co.uk

NSAR at the Train Driver Academy Conference

Tomorrow NSAR will be attending the Train Driver Academy Conference at the Congress Centre, London.  The event will bring together senior leaders from the Rail Industry, as well as representatives from other industries to talk about how the modernisation of training and recruiting a more diverse workforce  can help them move forward.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will be speaking about Diversity & Inclusion and case study workshops will also be available in which Train Drivers will share insights on their career journeys.  Andrew Jones, MP Rail Minister, Kirsty Derry, HR Director East Midland Trains – Chair of Train Driver Academy Board and Mick Whelan, ASLEF General Secretary will also be in attendance. To register or find out more, click here.

NSAR have always worked hard to raise awareness of the opportunities within the rail industry. So much so that we were integral to in creating an New Trainee Train Driver Scheme. Want to find out more, click here.

NSAR hosts another successful SIM training session for Network Rail

NSAR Skills Intelligence Team hosted another successful training session for Network Rail on the use of their bespoke Skills Intelligence Model (SIM) for strategic Workforce Planning. Once again the session covered the data structure of the tool, the functionality of each aspect and with the use of scenarios, how the output information can be translated into a cohesive workforce plan.

To find out more about our Skills Intelligence Model (SIM) and how this could help you with Strategic Workforce Planning, visit www.nsar.co.uk/sim

All employers in England to have better access to buy high quality apprenticeships

Every apprenticeship employer in England will soon have access to the full benefits of the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA) apprenticeship service. The first employers and providers commencing their use from Summer 2019.

The ESFA  has opened up the apprenticeship service to employers of all size, regardless of whether they pay the levy or not. This will provide employers with the choice over how they want to control the use of apprenticeships and make them work for their business.  To find out more click here.

Don’t forget that our Skills & Training Team now offers a whole end-to-end apprenticeship service which includes support in:

• Applying to become a registered apprenticeship training provider
• Apprentice onboarding support
• Self-Assessment and Quality Improvement plan development,
through to
• Compliance audit preparation and OFSTED health check monitoring.

To find out more click here.

NSAR and DWP ‘Rail Diversity’ content creation underway

NSAR and DWP have begun filming video content for the DWP Rail Diversity Campaign due in July. Yesterday we had a great selection of candidates from Colas providing insights from their perspective on camera. In the next few days we will be filming candidates from organisations such as Network Rail, TfL, GTR, Southeastern, East Midlands Trains, Bombardier, Siemens and Porterbrook.

Don’t forget there is still time to inspire the next generation of employees and encourage diversity within the rail industry. To create a video with us contact: Sharman.Cunningham@nsar.co.uk