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News Flash: NSARE is carrying out additional skills forecasting work

News Flash: Transport Minister Baroness Kramer visits NTAR (National Training Academy for Rail)

News Flash: Skills Minister Nick Boles congratulates NSARE

Exciting News from NSARE

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Chris Fenton succeeds Terry Morgan as Chairman of NSARE Ltd


2 December

At NSARE’s Annual General Meeting held on 2nd December, attended by delegates from more than 50 Member organisations, Crossrail Chairman, Terry Morgan stood down as Chairman of NSARE after 5 years at the helm. In a fitting tribute, Deputy Chairman, Jeremy Candfield presented Terry with a certificate designating him a Patron of the Academy.

CFentonChris Fenton, Chief Executive of RSSB, was appointed to succeed Terry as Chairman, following his election as a Director by the Members. After an early career in chemicals, Chris has gained extensive experience of both infrastructure and the interface between the public and private sectors, working at BSI and Amey. He is also a non-executive director at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Chris said: “Passenger and freight growth is exceptional and the railway industry is being revitalised with an unprecedented level of investment.  So I am delighted to be joining NSARE at this time, as it is the ‘go to’ organisation for addressing the need for new people and new skills to deliver this revitalisation.”

IIcetonIan Iceton, HR Director Designate, Network Rail has also joined NSARE’s Board of Directors. Ian moved to Network Rail in 2012 after spending 3 years at Skanska as Director of HR operations, where he developed the HR structure of the organisation.

Chief Executive, Gil Howarth gave a presentation on the NSARE’s activities during 2014. Click here to see the presentation.

AGM 2014 – Outstanding Training Providers Awards


One of the highlights of this year’s AGM was the Outstanding Training Providers Awards, 21 of whom received their awards during 2014:

  • 1st Solutions Employment & Training Services Ltd
  • Absolute Training & Assessing Ltd
  • Amber Train Ltd
  • BAM Nuttall Ltd
  • Bridgeway Consulting Services Limited
  • Carillion plc
  • Fast Line Training Services Limited
  • Intertrain UK Ltd
  • McGinley Support Services Ltd
  • Nestrack Limited
  • Neway Training Solutions Limited
  • Ove Arup & Partners International Limited
  • QTS Training Ltd
  • RT Training Solutions Ltd
  • Scot-Train Ltd
  • Signet Solutions Limited
  • SRS Systems Ltd
  • Stobart Rail Ltd
  • TES Training Ltd
  • TQ Catalis Ltd
  • VGC Services plc

Click here to see the AGM 2014 Photos on Flickr

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Future Rail Skills Conference
Moving the industry forward

12 November

Over 160 delegates attended the Future Rail Skills conference held at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on Wednesday 12th November 2014.  The common theme highlighted throughout the day was that much is being planned and implemented to recruit, train and develop the workforce of the future, but that the rail industry would benefit far more from a collaborative, rationalised approach. This was captured wonderfully in NSARE’s Project Director, Sue Gill’s first slide, which she built up on the day, and which is included below for those of you who missed Sue’s presentation.

Sue's Slide 2

The conference was opened by 
Stephen Tetlow, CEO, Institution of Mechanical Engineers & NSARE Board Member and
Gil Howarth, Chief Executive, NSARE.
Terry Morgan, Chairman of Crossrail and Chairman of NSARE gave the Keynote speech.

Click here to see the full Programme of Speakers

NSARE will be following this up with a workshop in the spring of 2015, which will provide the opportunity for much greater audience participation.

Click here to see the Morning Session Presentations

Click here to see the Afternoon Session Presentations

Click here to see the Engineering Happiness Video produced by Institution of Civil Engineers in association with Bechtel.


Transport Minister Baroness Kramer visits NTAR (National Training Academy for Rail)

27 October

New UK Rail Academy takes shape to future-proof Railway Engineering skillsBaroness Kramer

Construction is well underway on the multi-million pound national training academy that will act as a flagship for skills development in traction and rolling stock for the UK rail industry.

An event to view the progress of construction works for the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) took place today (27 October 2014), attended by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer. Opening in autumn 2015, the academy will grow the UK talent pool in rail engineering, plugging the skills gap that could otherwise become a barrier to growth.

Announced last year, NTAR is a joint project between the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE),  the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and the
Department for NTARGroupTransport (DfT), who have provided half the funds required, with industry partner Siemens contributing the other 50 per cent.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “The academy for rail, the first of its kind in the UK, is a crucial part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain. Generations of young people will benefit from the apprenticeships and training provided here to find new jobs and get on in life. It is great to see this academy is well on its way to becoming a much-needed facility to support our railways which are being transformed, thanks to our plans to invest more than £38 billion over the next five years.”

Click here to read the full story.

NSARE is proud to support the HS2 Supply Chain Conferences in London and Manchester


23 October

The HS2 Supply Chain Conference 2014 which was held in both London & Manchester was the second supply chain conference held by HS2 to promote business engagement with the project and to assist suppliers with the process. HS2 wants to ensure that all interested companies are able to engage with them and compete fairly for contract opportunities.

The guest speakers were Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport  at the London conference held at the QEII conference centre in Westminster on Friday 17th Octoberand Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin, at Manchester Central on  Thursday 23rd October.

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