Since January 2012, NSAR has taken over the concession to provide assurance of training quality for all Network Rail’s Sentinel-related training and assessment programmes, delivered by around 100 independent providers.
The previous programme of audits has been replaced by a series of Ofsted-style inspections. It was stated that “moving from audit to inspection was a cultural shift. NSAR no longer looks for compliance with a laid-down standard. Instead, NSAR looks for continual improvement in training and assessment delivery, focused on the learners’ needs.”
NSAR has developed and introduced a web-based management system for inspections of training providers.
Also, it was stated that: “the whole process relies on the independent professional judgment of the inspectors, based on their expert knowledge of education and training. By publishing the results, employers are able to make informed judgments on where to procure training and assessment. As importantly, the rail industry will have an understanding of the capability for workforce development, as we rise to the challenges of CP5.”