Skills Intelligence Model
The basis behind the data in the SIM is through a collection of anonymised workforce data from industry employers via a pre-defined Excel template, which is then uploaded into the SIM. We currently have data entries on 230,000+ workers in the industry. Each anonymised data entry contains information on age, gender, job role, work type, company, and postal code location. Further diversity information is still in development.
From a company perspective, workforce data is provided including – but not limited to – Consultancies, Rolling Stock Manufacturers and Suppliers, Infrastructure Companies, TOCs, Industry and Regulatory Bodies, and Rolling Stock Maintainers.
The SIM is divided into four sections:
Provides a comprehensive view of current and future investment in Roads and Rail based on Skills Intelligence industry-wide research.
Provides NSAR with an overview of the current workforce and the composition of this based on work type, asset type, geographically, skill level, and organisation.
Is project based and allows for reporting on a given set of variables as mentioned already.
Allows NSAR to compare key metrics from Today’s workforce to Future for a specified project. The forecast based on Today's Workforce is calculated from pre-defined employment pyramids, and when compared to the future workforce, are based on the CAPEX. The difference between this forms the Gap Analysis. The Gap Analysis will be calculated over a number of specified years whilst the output shows the shortage of staff by sub-sector and region. It also takes into account of retirement ages.
The SIM has already demonstrated how it can effectively report to the industry when needed, and in a concise way that is easy to interpret and understand. We foresee the next stages of SIM development to be as follows:
- Continue to improve functionality, especially around Gap Analysis.
- Expand into other sectors – Transport modes.
- Expand into other sectors – Other Infrastructure, potentially Construction.
- Review supply side capability models - training companies, academic institutions (schools, UTCs, FE Colleges, HEIs)
- Detailed and strategic workforce planning options.
- Link with other systems, NSAR-CONNECT, Levy Planner etc.