The National Skills Academy for Rail

Routes into Rail

What is Routes into Rail? 

Routes into Rail board act as the strategic steering and co-ordination board for sector Promotion & Attraction and Recruitment & Retention activities as part of the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan, including addressing potential funding required for activities. The board will: 

  •  Focus on five specific areas within the programme delivery theme – Industry Image, Regional Engagement, Increased Diversity, clearing house and career path.


  • Provide a focus point for industry discussion and horizon scanning with regard to its scope. 

The Promotion & Attraction and Recruitment & Retention will help the rail industry (rail operators, infrastructure managers, rail supply chain) to:

  • Promote the message that a career in the rail industry is exciting, challenging and rewarding, with many opportunities for bright and able people.


  • Increase the pool of diverse talent available to the rail industry. 

Routes into Rail will form part of the governance structure that has been put into place to manage the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan (see diagram above). 


RiR board have representation from the following organisations: 

  • NSAR  
  • RSSB 
  • DfT  
  • Network Rail 
  • HS2 
  • TfL
  • Young Rail Professionals (YRP)  
  • Women in Rail (WR) / Angel Trains 
  • National College for High Speed Rail  
  • The Railway Industry Association (RIA) 
  • Rail Alliance 
  • Rail Delivery Group (RDG) 
  • The East Midlands Rail Forum 
  • Railway Engineers Forum 
  • Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA) 
  • The Institution of Railway Operators 
  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The Terms of Reference for the Routes into Rail board can be found here.

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