The IFAteched will lead on the development of T-levels for 2020

The Institute for Apprenticeships assumed powers for technical education  and will now lead on the development of T-levels. The deadline to deliver
T-levels is  2020 and Chief Executive Sir Gerry Berragan believes that the institute is ready but he admits there although some challenges along the way.

To view the T-Level Roll Out Timeline, click here.

NSAR’s has an extensive understanding of apprenticeships and will certainly work to develop knowledge and guidance surrounding T-levels.  For more information regarding our work with apprenticeships, click here

Decarbonisation of rail is possible if we plan to acquire the right skills and knowledge

Britain’s railways could remove diesel-only passenger trains from the network and make substantial progress towards decarbonising their operations by 2040, according to leading rail experts in sustainability and rolling stock.

An initial report has been  published the Rail Industry Decarbonisation Task Force and RSSB acts as the first step to addressing decarbonisation and has found that the target is achievable with the right people and technologies. Rail organisation’s will need to ask themselves”what resources do I need”, “when do I need them” and “how best do I attain these”.

NSAR realises that organisations may need to employ SWP and has developed the Skills Intelligence Model (SIM) to assist in the process.
The SIM is a statistical tool which uses data on today’s workforce and future investment plan levels to forecast the required workforce. It allows users to conduct scenario mapping, business modelling, predict cost savings and efficiency projections that are integral to SWP.

To find out more about NSAR’s SWP and the SIM click here.

To download the Rail Industry Decarbonisation Task Force: Initial Report for The Minister of Rail  click here.

NSAR at Explore Rail Transport Careers at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge

This week NSAR attended the Explore Rail Transport Careers in Cambridge, Queens’ College. The event brought together a diverse range of rail transport companies to showcase the vast range of dynamic job & internship opportunities available within the industry.

The event highlighted the fact that rail transport encompasses not only engineering, but areas such as operations, strategic planning, marketing, assets management, technological innovation, IT/software regulation as viable and rewarding roles within the sector.

Representatives from Women in Rail, DfT, Network Rail, HS2, Office for Rail & Road and Hitachi Europe were also in attendance.

For more information on careers and routes into rail click here.

Don’t forget to view our Skills Live video

Skills Live provides an alternative way to connect with talented individuals who may struggle with the more conventional application processes to roles within the rail industry. The digital platform can be used by rail industry employers to connect with young people who may not have considered careers in rail.  Why view our NEW video by clicking here

RSSB launches a Wellbeing Champion Toolbox to help rail companies

RSSB has launched a Wellbeing Champion Toolbox to help rail companies support the health and wellbeing of their employees. The toolbox provides guidance on establishing a wellbeing champion project with tips and templates explaining how to set up a support network by recruiting wellbeing champions from within the business.

The Wellbeing Champion Toolbox has been developed collaboratively between RSSB and the industry Mental Wellbeing Subgroup, incorporating some of the same tools industry leaders found helpful within their own organisations.

To download the Wellbeing Champion Toolbox click here.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) publishes its financial report

Today The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) published its financial report showing how the railway was funded in 2017-18 and how that money was spent. The data shows that in 2017-18 the cost of running the railways rose 1.4% to £20.6bn and that overall the industry received 1.3% (£19.4bn) less income than in 2016-17. This is largely because falling passenger numbers meant that income from fares fell 2.4% compared to the previous year.

Other key points raised in the report include:

  • The industry received £19.4bn of income in 2017-18, a 1.3% decrease from 2016-17.
  • The industry spent £20.6bn, a 1.4% increase from 2016-17.
  • Income from fares was £9.8bn, a decrease of 2.4% compared to 2016-17. This is due to a 1.4% fall in passenger journeys.
  • Franchised train operators’ overall costs fell 1.6% to £12.9bn. This is largely because they paid 12.1% less to governments.

Download the full report click here.

Fire it Up – New National Apprenticeship Campaign now live!

The new national apprenticeship campaign  ‘Fire It Up’ is now live!
The campaign aims to help raise awareness of the huge variety of apprenticeship options available for people of all ages and backgrounds and the positive impact they can have for apprentices and employers.  As part of the campaign employers are welcome to post information about live and future apprenticeship vacancies which they can do by clicking here.

Remember NSAR has an in-depth understanding of apprenticeships and our team of experts facilitate the design of the latest apprenticeship standards within the wider transport industry.

For more information regarding NSAR work on with Apprenticeships, click here.

European Temporary Leave to Remain in the UK – View the fact sheet

This week Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced the Government’s plans for post EU Exit migration and movement in a no deal scenario.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal there will be a transition period, once free movement has ended and before the UK’s new skills-based immigration system begins on 1 January 2021. The government has developed a factsheet addressing concerns around arrangements for EEA (European Economic Area) citizens who come to the UK during the transition period.

To download the factsheet click here

Digital apprenticeship uptake on the rise

The latest government figures for apprenticeship starts shows another significant increase in the number of apprentices choosing to start a digital apprenticeship.

There have been a total of over 16,000 starts on the 13 published Level 3 and Level 4 standards, with over 3,300 of these being in the first quarter of this academic year (September – December 2018).

The five most popular starts are as follows:

  • Infrastructure Technician – 5,350
  • Digital Marketer – 3,890
  • Software Developer – 1,380
  • Data Analyst – 1,370
  • Network Engineer – 1,200

Our EQA activities, which review and report on the quality of the end-point assessment of these apprenticeships are ramping up now as we work with the digital end-point assessment organisations to ensure high-quality assessment.  For more information regarding NSAR EQA click here.

Rail projects and plans should include SWP

Plans for a new rail line between Bedford and Cambridge are coming closer to fruition as the East West Railway Company reveal five route options and ask the public to have their say. The new line will create a direct connection between Bedford and Cambridge, unlocking a wealth of benefits for communities along the route as is expected to be built by the mid-2020s.

All parties involved, if they haven’t already, will need to ask themselves questions – What resources do I need? When do I need them? How best can I  attain these resources? NSAR can see that all parties involved will need to employ Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) in order for the project to reach completion. NSAR has developed a range of tools which allow you to implement SWP and ensure your workforce is comprised of the right people to accomplish projects as significant as this.

To find out more, click here.