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Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Crossrail Chair
Terry Morgan CBE visit National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR)

21 August

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Secretary of State announces plans to create 30,000 apprenticeships in road and rail industry by 2020

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Crossrail Chair Terry Morgan CBE today announced increased government support for developing rail skills in the UK. Speaking at the newly-constructed National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) and Siemens’ Northampton rail depot, the Secretary of State outlined plans to create more than 30,000 apprenticeship places across the road and rail industry during the lifetime of this Parliament.

To help deliver this ambition Patrick McLoughlin announced the appointment of Crossrail Chair Terry Morgan CBE to develop a transport and infrastructure skills strategy, to help the transport industry ensure a continuous pipeline of skilled workers.

Neil Robertson, CEO of the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) said: "NSARE welcomes the visit of Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State to visit the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR). NTAR is a highly significant strand in our industry's preparation for its future challenges. Lives, careers and productivity will all be transformed by this facility, which is a critical objective that NSARE is committed to. I am delighted by the industry's support for it even at these early stages, and I'm grateful for the very professional support our partner Siemens is bringing to its establishment and operation.”

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Rail Engineering Advanced Technician Apprenticeship Standard gets go ahead

21 August

The Prime Minister has announced approval of the new apprenticeship standard for Rail Engineering Advanced Technicians.

logosThe Standard which covers construction, maintenance and renewal across seven pathways is the first Rail Engineering apprenticeship standard at the advanced technician level, equivalent to education level 4.  The pathways cover track, overhead lines, electrification, signalling, telecoms, traction and rolling stock and rail systems. Apprentices completing the apprenticeships will also secure professional recognition as EngTech.

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NSARE Membership scheme: 364 Members in 4 years and is growing fast

22 June 2011 - 22 June 2015


The Membership scheme was launched 4 years ago at NSARE’s first national conference in
June 2011 and endorsed by industry leaders & the government. Today it has 364 Member organisations and continues to grow at the consistent rate of one per week. Its Membership includes Network Rail, High Speed 2, Transport for London and Crossrail; 30 Train & Freight Operating Companies; 180 consultants, contractors & manufacturers; 100 private sector training companies; 40 Universities & Further Education Colleges; 5 Qualification Development and Awarding Organisations.

On 22nd June 2011, over 200 industry representatives attended the first major conference organised by NSARE which was chaired by Terry Morgan, Chairman of Crossrail and as well as John Hayes, Minister for Education, Skills & Lifelong Learning (May 2010 to September 2012).

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Traction & Rolling Stock Skills Forecasting Report 2015: the industry requires significantly more people and skills

19 June

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The rail industry is currently experiencing a skills shortage; over 8,000 additional traction and rolling stock workers will be required over the 10-year period up to 2025.

The Traction & Rolling Stock (T&RS) Skills Forecasting report builds upon the findings of the 2012 study, analysing the current T&RS workforce and future requirements over the next 10 years up to 2025, with a greater degree of granularity than the earlier study provided. Recommendations for managing the skills gap have also been identified and outlined.

It is forecast that over the next 10 years, 3,300 new workers are needed as a result of additional workload in T&RS, of whom 1,800 are required to facilitate major new rolling stock procurement programmes. The additional workload is derived from an increased national fleet size, which is expected to grow to over 21,000 vehicles, together with additional project work arising from the introduction of ETCS equipment.

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NSARE work with industry to design new National College for High Speed Rail

NationalHSCollegeIn February 2014, BIS and HS2 asked NSARE to work with the rail industry and develop proposals for the new National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), specifically how can it meet the advanced skills needs of the high speed rail industry. NSARE was asked to look at designing the outline curriculum, develop the facilities required, generate outline student numbers and explain how the NCHSR could fit into a national network of provision for rail training and education, all aligned to market demand.

From July 2014, NSARE consulted with approximately 70 organisations, education and training providers that support the rail industry. The industry expressed the clear view that the NCHSR should support both the high speed and the national rail requirements. They also expressed a clear preference for NCHSR students to develop a broad set of technical and management skills and not just a narrow focus of detailed knowledge.

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