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NSARE Launches Rail Integrated Design Management MSc

16 March 2015


Rail Integrated Design Management MSc is now open to the rail industry

From March 2015 the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) will be welcoming applications for the Rail Integrated Design Management MSc - a rail focused
University College London (UCL) master’s degree.

Now in its third year, this is the first time that the qualification will be open to the rail industry. With the demand for delivery of multidisciplinary projects in the field of rail engineering ever increasing so is the need for highly technical staff. Aimed at senior experienced professionals, the qualification has been designed to help staff gain advanced knowledge and skills in effectively managing the interface between project engineering disciplines and stakeholders.

NSARE Chief Executive Gil Howarth said: “With major infrastructure projects such as HS2 and Crossrail2 to deliver, it is vital that the UK rail industry invests in skills for the future. The Rail Integrated Design Management MSc was created by Atkins to enhance and sustain technical competency among its rail professionals. Having only been open to Atkins’ staff over the past three years, it is now open to the rail industry which is very exciting. This qualification will develop engineering leaders with the skills and knowledge to deliver engineering innovation in a complex industry. By supporting their staff to undertake this qualification, employers will be ensuring that their staff are equipped to meet the growing demands on the UK rail network.”

The qualification is supported by NSARE and contains 18 modules which are delivered part-time over two years by practising engineers and specialists. The third year supports the production of a dissertation or research topic.

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NSARE Announces New Chief Executive

13 March 2015

NRUnprecedented investment in rail and record passenger numbers have placed ever increasing demands for skills across the sector. NSARE has been fundamental in raising the profile of skills in the rail industry. Since 2011, it has developed a reputation for skills forecasting, improved the quality of training, championed initiatives such as trailblazer apprenticeships and initiated key projects such as the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), which will open this autumn in Northampton.

Gil Howarth and the NSARE team have taken the organisation from a concept to a reality at the heart of the rail skills agenda with some 350 Members across the industry. Gil is now leaving NSARE at the end of June as the organisation moves to its next phase.

The NSARE Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Robertson as the new
Chief Executive. Neil will join NSARE in early June and take over as Chief Executive from 1st July.

Neil joins NSARE from Energy and Utilities Skills, where he has been CEO for the past 3 years, during which he has transformed it into one of the leading skills organisations with a focus on apprenticeships and employer leadership. Neil has extensive experience in government, working in the department for Business Innovation and Skills, and also in membership organisations.

Chris Fenton, Chairman of NSARE, said:

"Neil’s experience of the skills challenges, which are common across industrial and infrastructure sectors, will help build upon the foundations of the past 5 years and ensure that NSARE supports the rail sector effectively, and in the wider context of UK plc.

On behalf of the NSARE Board, I would like to thank Gil and the team for their outstanding commitment and dedication in leading NSARE since its inception."

New Rail Industry Apprenticeship Standards Unveiled

12 March 2015

Skills Minister Nick Boles has announced that the industry has successfully developed new Apprenticeship Standards for Rail Engineering. The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) has supported a consortium of major Rail Engineering Employers in developing the new  Apprenticeship Standards. The group, comprising both small and large employers, has developed Apprenticeship Standards at Operative and Technician levels, and with Advanced Technician level currently in progress.

The standards are:

  • Rail Engineering Operative, Intermediate Level 2
  • Rail Engineering Technician, Advanced Level 3
  • Rail Engineering Advanced Technician, Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 – currently under development

The new Apprenticeship Standards encompass track; telecommunications; signalling; electrification; overhead lines; traction & rolling stock and rail systems. Within each discipline Rail Engineering covers maintenance, renewal and construction / installation. The Standards have been developed on a “core and options” basis where the core content across all the disciplines is treated as such and apprentices will undertake core learning plus a specialism in order to complete their Apprenticeship.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said:

"Giving leading firms the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships, means we can ensure more young people have the skills our economy vitally needs. Apprenticeships play a key role in the success of our long term economic plan and, with more than 2 million apprenticeships started since 2010, I am proud to say our reforms are delivering for businesses and young people."

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Third UK-Taiwan Railway Forum

27 January 2015

TaiwanNSARENSARE’s Chief Executive, Gil Howarth, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
Mr Hsun-Jung Cho, Chairman of the Board of China Engineering Consultants, Inc. (CECI) witnessed by Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer.  Baroness Kramer and Gil are participants in the Third UK-Taiwan Rail Mission currently taking place in Taipei organised by the Railway Industry Association (RIA) and the British Trade & Cultural Office (BTCO), Taiwan, part of UK Trade & Investment.  During the visit Baroness Kramer has emphasised NSARE’s pivotal role in the strategy and delivery of skills and training in the UK.  The Mission has been designed to identify possible future collaboration between the UK and Taiwanese rail industries.

Mr Daniel H. Ju, CEO of China Engineering Consultants, Inc. said “we are looking forward to co-operation between NSARE and CECI leading to collaboration between us in all sectors of the rail industry. We hope that by NSARE advising us on setting up a training platform, we are looking forward to creating NSARE, Taiwan.”

Taiwan has built up an island wide railway network comprising:

  • High speed rail from North to South Taiwan
  • 1,061.3 kilometres of mainline around the island for commuter trains and mid-distance routes
  • Metro lines operating in Taipei and Kaohsiung
  • International Airport Express link (TTY Airport Project) from Taoyuan to Taipei city – completion due 2015
  • Medium capacity metro system under construction in Taichung city centre – completion due 2017

The Taiwanese authorities aim to build more railways in the future to provide the most convenient public transport for people to travel around Taiwan.

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Rail Supply Group Vision Statement Launched by Industry and Government

21 January 2015

NSARE is one of the industry organisations named to assist the Rail Supply Group (RSG) with the development of a Rail Skills Strategy.

RSGLaunchAt an event hosted by Business Secretary
Vince Cable, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Terence Watson, President of
Alstom UK (pictured), the Rail Supply Group presented a vision statement outlining how it will meet the demands of tomorrow’s railways, create more jobs and boost UK exports.

The vision statement also confirms that over the coming months the RSG will develop an Industrial Strategy for the rail supply chain with a clear implementation plan.

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NSARE is proud to support Next Generation Rail Cheshire

4 December 2014

ECNGRCThe Next Generation Rail Cheshire 2014 event brought together more than 120 people and a range of companies and organisations. They joined keynote speakers from the railway industry to highlight the huge potential for economic growth across the North West and beyond that the proposed HS2 Crewe Hub will bring.

NSARE’s Head of Business Services, Elaine Clark was one of the speakers. She gave a Masterclass presentation entitled Understanding and addressing the rail skills challenge.

Crewe was given the green light in the 2014 HS2 Plus report as the preferred location of choice for the Hub, with proposed acceleration of the second phase of the project to bring earlier economic benefits and increased connectivity across the UK.

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