Exciting News from NSARE
Students on Fast Track for Railway Careers
From 14th to 17th July, fifty teenagers from across the UK had the unique opportunity to learn about how technologies come together to create state-of-the-art, safe and efficient railway transport systems. Sponsored by the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), this course forms part of a major initiative to encourage young people to consider railway engineering and railway systems engineering as a possible career in the future.
Held by the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham, the students explored a range of subjects including aerodynamics, signaling, train control and wheel rail adhesion. Working in small teams, one half of the students designed and built 1:30 scale crash proof vehicles with teams competing against each other to see which design performed best during testing. The second group of students came up with an automatic train control system for metro type operation, capable of maintaining a safe distance between trains and stopping sufficiently accurately to automatically operate platform screen doors.
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Investment is the Key to Trainer Shortages
The Suffolk Adult Learner Awards, organised by LEAP and the Suffolk Partnership for Informal Adult Learning (SPIAL) are held in order to celebrate the hard work and outstanding achievements by adult learners throughout 2014. The awards ceremony was held on Thursday 19th June at University Campus Suffolk, and RT Training Solutions were proud that safety trainer Karen Pears was presented with the prestigious ‘Learner at Work - Adult Learning of the Year’ award.
Karen was born into a family of rail workers and from an early age has aspired to follow in their footsteps. Karen has been working within the rail industry for the last ten years. As her experience as a safety coordinator grew, her ambition to become a trainer, and to pass on her knowledge was sparked.
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NSARE opens new office in York
We are delighted to announce that we are now open for business in York. NSARE has recently entered into a collaborative arrangement with ARUP and we now have a regional base within ARUP’s office at:
YORK YO1 6HU
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Arup’s Rail Business provides a comprehensive consultancy service for all aspects of the rail industry, from feasibility and planning through to design, implementation and asset management. An in-depth knowledge of the market, combined with a reputation for working at its cutting edge, enables them to deliver appropriate solutions to help clients, addressing whole-life issues and including safety, reliability, operability and maintenance.
Their collaborative ethos was recognised recently with accreditation to industry standard BS11000. They work with clients and partners across the global rail industry, often embedding teams on projects in order to achieve best value from their work.
Geoff Davidson, Director of ARUP said: “Our York office is pleased to be working with NSARE in establishing a presence for them in the historic railway city. We look forward to a rewarding relationship and to furthering the development of key railway engineering skills both locally and throughout the industry.”
Big opportunities ahead for UK Rail Supply Chain
Newly-formed Rail Supply Group to be given £500,000 of funding to help rail suppliers secure new business at home and internationally.
Rail industry suppliers are set to benefit from government investment to help them win new business, create jobs and generate economic growth, ministers have announced.
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MGB Engineering Ltd open new apprentice Academy
New Academy to provide Signalling Designers of the future
NSARE Member, Plymouth based company MGB Engineering Ltd, held the opening ceremony for its brand new Apprentice Academy, on Friday 23 May. The New Academy was formally opened by Mark Southwell, Network Rail’s Programme Director for Signalling Projects and attended by Gil Howarth, NSARE’s Chief Executive. It has been set up to train 10 signalling designers every year. The event was attended by guests from local rail and manufacturing businesses as well as local educational establishments including Plymouth University, City College Plymouth and Plymouth UTC.
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