News Flash: Chris Fenton succeeds Terry Morgan as Chairman of NSARE Ltd

News Flash: NSARE to support Rail Supply Group in developing Rail Skills Strategy

News Flash: ITN documentary "Working to Engineer a Better World" featuring NSARE
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News Flash: NSARE signs MoU with Taiwanese

Exciting News from NSARE

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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Click here to see more photos from the vision statment launch

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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Click here to see the Next Generatio Rail Video

Chris Fenton succeeds Terry Morgan as Chairman of NSARE Ltd


2 December 2014

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.”

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

ITN documentary "Working to Engineer a Better World" 
featuring NSARE

28 November 2014

itnnsareNSARE was asked to feature in the IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology) documentary produced by ITN Productions. The documentary is an online news programme to promote greater understanding of the role engineering plays in our everyday lives.

Natasha Kaplinsky presents the programme, which features many different faces of engineering in the 21st Century – demonstrating how important engineering and technology are to society and to economic growth.

The NSARE chapter of the programe was filmed at the NTAR construction site in Northampton during a vist by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer. For further details of the visit please see below.

The programme celebrates the success of innovative engineering and technology organisations – and showcases efforts from the IET and others from Government and industry to inspire more young people, particularly girls, to pursue a career in engineering.

Click here to see the ITN documentary featuring NSARE

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Future Rail Skills Conference
Moving the industry forward

12 November 2014

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.



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