Social Mobility in Transport   

NSAR understands a more skilled, equal and diverse workforce increases the chances of upward social mobility and results in a positive impact on society as whole. 

A socially mobile workforce is vital to enable the society to capitalise on the opportunities the transport sector presents.

NSAR has contributed to the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT) Driving Social Mobility in Transport Leaflet alongside government bodies and industry giants such as Department of Transport (DfT) Network Rail, Heathrow, HS2, Transport for London and many more.

The leaflet showcases some best practice examples

of how STAT members are using pre-employment training to

drive social mobility and provides further information on how

you can be involved too.

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) and Women in Rail (WR) have launched a Charter to champion equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the UK railway industry. The joint EDI Charter is a commitment to work together to build a more balanced higher-performing sector and has been backed by over 100 organisations.

NSAR has become a signatory company reflecting our commitment to championing EDI in the rail industry, and to work together to build a more balanced and fair, and high performing sector.

Below is a list of initiatives that you and your 

organisation can get involved with to promote social mobility:

Building Better Opportunities –Mencap Sub Programme

The Big Lottery Fund matches funds from the European Social Fund  

This offers full funding for businesses to offer candidates 10 weeks of paid work (at minimum wage) and is aimed at NEETs with learning disabilities who are over 25 years of age.



Funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency  

Traineeships are designed to help young people who want to get an apprenticeship or job but don’t yet have appropriate skills or experience 

Sector Based Work Academy

Funded by the Education Skills Funding Agency through Job Centre Plus  

A six week placement for job seekers of any age, Further Education colleges and training providers ger funding for training costs 

Construction Skills Fund 

Funded by Department for Education and Transport for London  

With the target of putting 1700 people through pre-employment training, this Fund is seeking to provide 500 employment opportunities in the construction and built environment in London  

Pathways into Construction

Funded by Construction Industry Training Board  

With employers able to apply for funding, this programme is structured around pathways into construction for NEETs, the long-term unemployed, ex-military, women and full-time students.  


Piloting cyber apprenticeships with funding from Firebrand, the National Autistic Society and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport  

Focused on those on the autism spectrum, providers receive funding for the cyber security pre-apprenticeship, which leads to an apprenticeship. 

Route into Work

Funded by industry partners  

A 3 day employability programme focused at 16-24 year olds NEETs or those at risk of becoming NEETs, delegates are sourced through a variety of partners such as Job Centre Plus, charities and social enterprise organisations. Up to 70% of attendees go onto paid employment. 

Movement to Work

Funded by industry partners  

A charity of the UK’s leading employers, civil society and government, this movement aims to tackle youth unemployment and create systemic change to get young people into jobs.  

Supported Internships

Funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency  

This is a study programme specifically aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who have a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.

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