We recognise that our small and medium sized member organisations do not on their own have the influence and economies of scale that large employers are able to exert, so it is important to us that NSAR supports and amplifies the voice of the small business and ensures that they do not miss out.
Our networking and workshops give SMEs access to large organisations and to key industry stakeholders and influencers.
Our apprenticeship service offers SMEs the opportunity to find and develop the talent they need to make their businesses successful. For example, we know that SMEs really do wish to recruit apprentices but often do not have the resources to support the cost of taking on an apprentice and managing the process. NSAR have a range of services that can help.
This dedicated SME webpage provides useful information and links for use by SME companies and it will be updated and grown to meet the emerging needs of our members. It also has links to news items and case studies, which are relevant. We want SMEs to have the opportunity to share their own training and development news and case studies too and encourage them to contact us with this information.
Stuart Calvert, NSAR Board Member was appointed to represent SME views and needs. Stuart can be contacted via links on this webpage.
Small and Mediums Sized Enterprises (SMEs) form the backbone of the engineering supply chain for the UK Rail Industry with around 60% of the investment spend being delivered by an SME company. Most SMEs do not have the luxury of a dedicated HR or training department to research all of the information concerning training and development programme, funding opportunities, academic and vocational courses and qualifications, apprentice programmes, etc.
However, to meet the resourcing needs and opportunities provided by the rail industry, SMEs will play an essential role in recruiting, training and developing the rail engineers of the future.
At NSAR, we believe one of our key roles is to provide support to SME companies by:
- Providing information or helping to access information on:
- Accredited training providers
- Academic and vocational training programmes
- Availability of grant funding or other financial support
- Encouraging and supporting mutual support within the SME community
- Supporting knowledge and resource sharing between SME companies and the large client and contractor/consultant organisations
Feedback and Suggestions
We are committed to providing a resource of relevant information and links to help SMEs to understand all aspects of training, development, and funding availability.
Stuart Calvert represents the needs of the SME community as NSAR Board Members. To help NSAR provide the best and most appropriate support to the SME community, Stuart is asking for your advice, suggestions or questions. Please contact Stuart Calvert