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Rail Provider Network

Demonstrate that your learning and apprenticeship provision is tailored to meet the needs of the UK rail industry, gain access to quality networking events and keep up to date with the latest developments within the rail industry.


The Rail Provider Network has been designed to support providers operating within the rail industry and provide employers within the rail industry with access to a network of quality providers who have been independently assessed as understanding their needs.

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  • Strategic Workforce Planning
  • Apprenticeship Levy Planner
  • Strategic Workforce & levy Planner
  • Bid and Procurement
  • Readiness to Deliver
  • Apprenticeship Delivery Support
Strategic Workforce Planning

The Strategic Workforce Planning allows you to stay up to date with the rail industry workforce developments in your region, providing regular insights into what the current workforce looks like, what investments are planned within your region and what the future workforce needs to look like in order to deliver the industry’s objectives.

Apprenticeship Levy Planner

Our online Apprenticeship Levy Planner helps you easily and quickly model the apprenticeship programmes that best fit your needs and immediately see how much of your levy contribution has been recovered. Our online Apprenticeship Levy Planner helps you easily and quickly model the apprenticeship programmes that best fit your needs and immediately see how much of your levy contribution has been recovered.

Strategic Workforce & levy Planner

The Strategic Workforce and Levy Planning Combined service allows you to stay up to date with the rail industry workforce developments in your region, providing you with insights in to what the current workforce looks like, what investments are planned with in your region and what the future workforce needs to look like in order to deliver the industry’s objectives.

Bid and Procurement

NSAR can support you with franchise bidding, and tendering for commercial opportunities within the rail industry. We have a wealth of experience in working with educational providers and employers across the rail industry to help navigate complex bidding processes and maximise your chances of success.

Readiness to Deliver

Through the Readiness To Deliver service, NSAR can support you in your journey, providing an independent assessments of your existing policies, processes and systems. If you are looking to delivery apprenticeships within the rail industry, either directly or by setting yourself up as a subcontractor, you need to be on the Register of Apprenticeship Providers. Whilst we can’t guarantee approval first time round, we can help you in your journey.

Apprenticeship Delivery Support

Navigating the apprenticeship market can be complex and time consuming. Acting as the EQA across a range of apprenticeship standards as provided valuable insight, experience and expertise around the common pitfalls in apprenticeship delivery.

  • Quality Masterclass Improvement
  • Continuous Improvement Learning Delivery
  • Learning Approval
  • Learning Assurance
  • Supplier Assurance Service
  • Preparing for Ofsted
Quality Masterclass Improvement

The education landscape can be incredibly complex, with quality expectations on providers operating within often being wide ranging and continuously evolving. NSAR have developed a series of Quality Improvement Masterclasses, across a range of themes, which aim to help organisations and their staff navigate this environment and drive confidence in their provision.

Continuous Improvement Learning Delivery

You’ve built your provision, been approved to join the Register of Apprenticeship Providers, and now its time to deliver. All apprenticeship providers on the register will be subject to Ofsted inspection and, for many, this will be a new and nerve wracking prospect. NSAR’s Continuous Improvement in Delivery of Learning Intervention and Apprenticeships service can help you get it right.

Learning Approval

The Learning Approval Service offers you the ability to independently measure the quality of your training materials against a set of independently created, industry supported, quality criteria. We will look to determine whether your provision is high quality, fit for purpose and represents good practice training.

Learning Assurance

Once your programme is approved, NSAR can externally quality assure and certificate achievement on the programme. This begins to extend the independent verification of quality, taking it from approval of your learning materials and into the quality of your delivery practice. The Learning Assurance Service is all about supporting your drive for continuous quality improvement through collaboration, facilitated self-reflection and independent scrutiny.

Supplier Assurance Service

The Supplier Assurance Service is designed to take the pain out of supplier procurement, vetting and ongoing assurance. Employers will often need to contract with a range of educational providers, of all shapes and sizes, in order to provide their staff with the skills that they need to succeed, however it can be difficult to know which organisations you can trust and have quality at the heart of what they do. The Assured Supplier Service provides the confidence that you need, whilst freeing you up to focus on other things.

Preparing for Ofsted

Aimed at providers who are at the start of their Ofsted journey. This needs to be seen as a supporting offering and it needs to be centred around the initial monitoring visit and the three key themes that Ofsted will be reviewing during this visit. Through the preparing for Ofsted, NSAR can support you in the initial Ofsted journey. From safeguarding requirements to the mentoring visit, NSAR can provide guidance to you of the necessary steps to take.


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