News Flash: NSARE opens new office in York

News Flash: NSARE working in partnership with RSSB

News Flash: Rail Supply Group - £500,000 of funding available to help suppliers

News Flash: NSARE is carrying out additional skills forecasting work

News Flash: Work in Progress at NTAR the (National Training Academy for Rail)

Exciting News from NSARE

Progress Report on NTAR (National Training Academy for Rail)


15 September

We are delighted to report that construction is progressing well on NTAR, the multi-million pound National Training Academy for Rail in Northampton due to open in the autumn of 2015 with the ground clearance and foundation works already nearing completion.

The development of NTAR is governed by a Collaboration Board consisting of senior leaders from Siemens and NSARE.  Visits by members of the Collaboration Board to recent examples of contemporary training centres; Network Rail’s new flagship training centre in York and the Rolls Royce Academy in Derby has provided the Board members with a clear insight into industries’ ‘best practice’ for training.  The August Collaboration Board meeting took place in York at the Network Rail training centre following a thought provoking tour of their new facility.

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EAL’s Railway Engineering Overhead Line Construction (OLC) qualifications and apprenticeships


Webinar – 7th October 2014 – 8:30am

EAL is hosting a FREE webinar on the new Overhead Line Construction (OLC) qualifications and apprenticeships. Limited places are available so book online now.

Join Allan Macdonald, EAL Rail Project Manager, on the webinar to learn about the exciting opportunities the OLC qualifications offer to training providers

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NSARE is carrying out additional skills forecasting work

12 September

trainimageThe skills forecasting work undertaken by NSARE in 2012 brought together information about known UK Rolling Stock procurement programmes for IEP, Thameslink, TfL and Crossrail, together with assumptions for other procurement based on ‘Rolling Stock Requirements 2014-2019’ published by ATOC in May 2012. The project also gathered a substantial amount of information about the existing workforce; including skill levels, age and geography.

The ATOC Engineering Council and Future Railway have requested that NSARE carry out additional work to both update the previous study and to look at the skills requirements and potential gaps in more depth.

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Sue Back

Welcome back Sue Gill!

2 September

After a year sailing around the world, Sue Gill returns to NSARE to begin her work as Project Director. NSARE Team is delighted to welcome her back. Initially, Sue will be managing the development of the new Railway Engineering apprenticeship standards and the development of the specification for the industry's Skills Strategy.


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1 September

With the forthcoming major electrification programmes and the demands on people resources that these will bring, the industry needs to start recruiting and training the next generation of electrification apprentices. Employers, supported by The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) and Semta have worked together to develop a level 2 and level 3 apprenticeship suitable for new entrants of all ages. The apprenticeships include a competence based qualification that completely maps to the requirements of the Network Rail OLEC 2 or OLEC 3 standard, together with an academic qualification that provides the underpinning knowledge required to perform the job.

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Hitachi Rail Europe Celebrates Government Commitment to
South Durham University Technical College

Hitachi Durham

8 August

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. has welcomed the announcement by the Department for Education, approving the establishment of a University Technical College (UTC) in South Durham. This will be the first UTC established in the North East and will be tasked with providing a technical and vocational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focused education to students interested in working in the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector.

Sponsored by Hitachi Rail Europe, the University of Sunderland and automotive manufacturer Gestamp Tallent, the UTC is planned to open in 2016 and provisional estimates forecast that it will have an intake of 120 pupils per year. When in full operation the UTC will be able to accommodate between 550 and 600 pupils.

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NSARE opens new office in York

01 July

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:


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Tanner’s Moat

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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.”


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