NSAR seeking a Junior Project Manager

At NSAR we work collaboratively to tackle the challenges within the rail industry. We offer a range of roles which will undoubtedly assist in contributing to a world-class railway within the UK.

We have the following vacancy in our London office

Junior Project Manager
Salary: £30K – £35K
Location: London

The Junior PM will oversee completion of project tasks under the direction of the senior team. This position will be the first point of contact for any issues arising from within the project and it will be responsible for escalating them to Directors and heads of departments. This will be a varied and fulfilling role with no two days the same.

To apply and view and full job description click here



NSAR at the Digital Railway Conference: 25th & 26th June 2019

NSAR will be at the Digital Railway Conference taking place 25th – 26th June at University of Birmingham, Edgbaston.

The two-day event will focus on delivering a better service for passengers and freight users. Expect speeches from a wide range of key individuals from across the rail industry, including Andrew Haines, chief executive of Network Rail, senior politicians, and academia.

NSAR Head of Skills Intelligence Neil Franklin will be delivering a presentation entitled ‘Developing Skills for the future need including the progress on the Digital Railway Academy’.

For more information or to book your place click here.

Next Prime Minister must commit to HS2, says former Transport Secretary

Former Transport Secretary and Chief Whip Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP has stated that all Conservative leadership candidates need to support HS2 in order to secure the position of Prime Minister.

Sir Patrick stated: “Our rail industry is of vital importance to the UK economy and as demand grows, the Government must ensure its ambition continues to grow with it. HS2 is a prime example of rail being put at the heart of our economic strategy”.

NSAR knows that HS2 will contribute to creating a world-class railway which will positively impact to the UK Economy. That is why we work with employers, government and the education and training community to solve the skills challenges facing the sector.

To find out more visit our website at www.nsar.co.uk

NSAR Logistics EQA Event a success

Last week NSAR hosted a Start-up event for our EQA of Logistics apprenticeships. We welcomed our logistics end-point assessment organisations to our new Darlington base and discussed how we would be working with each end-point assessment organisation. The delegates met our EQA team to discuss our approach to EQA as well as what to expect when working with NSAR.

You can find out about our EQA work at www.nsar.co.uk/eqa


Rail Live full schedule of events now available

Don’t forget that NSAR will be at Rail Live 2019 next week and the full schedule of events is now available to download.

Taking place on the 19 – 20 June at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre in Warwickshire, we will be exhibiting in the Apprenticeship Zone  stand AP2 to offer advice and guidance in an area that we have considerable expertise in.

In addition, NSAR CEO Neil Roberston will be hosting a session entitled “What opportunities does the Rail Sector Deal offer the Supply Chain?” on the first day of the event.

To see the full  schedule of events click here.

To register or find out more, click here.

NSAR at the Big Rail Diversity Challenge

Don’t forget that NSAR will be participating in The Big Rail Diversity Challenge organised by Women in Rail. Taking place 27 June 2019 at Newark Showground,  we will be joining over 500 industry personnel to promote the business benefits attained when engaging a gender diverse workforce reinforcing Women in Rail’s key message that gender diversity is:

  • Better for People
  • Better for Business
  • Better for Rail

For more information about the Women in Rail Big Diversity Challenge click here.

What rail apprenticeships are available?

Download our guide providing a list of the rail apprenticeships available by clicking here.

Don’t forget that NSAR has an in-depth understanding of the current apprenticeships landscape, with a team of experts facilitating the design of the latest apprenticeship standards relevant for the rail sector and the wider transport industry. NSAR supports bus, coach, tram and rail employers in the development of new apprenticeship standards from Level 2 Operative to Level 7 Degree. To find out more click here.

Secondment Opportunity for a Short-Term Exports Sector Deal Coordinator

The Rail Supply Group Exports Workstream are seeking a short-term Exports Sector Deal Coordinator to undertake some specific activity in a short time-span. Key responsibilities will including kick-starting focused research linked to the UK supply chain as well as overseas opportunities mapping.

The role offers an excellent high profile opportunity for a candidate to operate at a senior level with both industry and government, which will generate significant positive publicity for the secondee, and their employing organisation, helping to build a comprehensive depth and breadth picture of the UK supply chain along with upcoming rail export opportunities.

To download the full job description click here.

Interested candidates should send their CV and a covering letter to Marie Houlton by close of play on Monday 24th June at marie.houlton@unipartrail.com.

Be advised candidates should confirm, in advance, agreement in principle of release by their employer for this role has been agreed.


Digital technologies continue to make an impact in rail

Rail passengers will save around a billion pounds in fares thanks to a price-guarantee app being developed by Virgin Trains. The new technology (due to go live by the end of this year) will cut through confusing and outdated ticketing systems to ensure that customers are automatically given the best ticket for their journey at the tap of a button.

NSAR is aware that the introduction of new digital technologies will be integral to the future of rail and people will need the right skills to adapt. That is why NSAR now provides external quality assurance across 13 digital apprenticeship standards. The EQA service ensures that the end-point assessments are compliant and comparable and consistent across end-point assessment organisations.

To find out more about  NSAR DIGITAL EQA click here.

NSAR at RailWorx 2019, Peterborough

NSAR will be at RailWorx  2019 taking place in Peterborough on 11th –  13th June 2019. The outdoor exhibition will be co-located with PlantWorx and is ideal for professionals within rail civil engineering and systems industries and attracts over 15,000 attendees.

NSAR Head of Skills Intelligence Neil Franklin will presenting on Wednesday 12th June 2019 talking about the future of rail skills.

To find out more, or to register click here.