News Flash: NSARE welcomes the HS2: Get Ready Report

News Flash: Smallpeice Trust  residential Railway Engineering courses. See below

News Flash: HS2 will sponsor 10 places for students on the NSARE Railway Engineering Courses

News Flash: New OLEC Apprenticeships at Level 2 & 3 Launched

News Flash: Signal Engineering Resources Seminar well attended

News Flash: Newcastle College Academy brings future of rail to the North East

News Flash: NSARE's 300th Member – NewRail and National Express Trains Ltd

Exciting News from NSARE


NSARE's 300th Member – NewRail and National Express Trains Ltd

Less than 3 years after the Membership scheme was launched, NSARE is delighted to welcome NewRail at Newcastle University and
National Express Trains Ltd as our 300th Member organisation. We look forward to them playing an active role in the future development of the Academy and helping us to make a real difference.

Signal Event

Signal Engineering Resources Seminar - British Library 
27th March 2014

100 delegates attended the Signal Engineering Resources seminar held in the
Conference Centre at the British Library on Thursday, 27th March. In the summer of 2013 Network Rail commissioned NSARE to undertake a detailed review of the existing signal engineering resources in light of the planned workload for CP5. The purpose of the seminar was to feedback the findings of the review and to promote a discussion with the industry on what key issues needed to be taken forward on a collective basis.

The seminar was opened by NSARE’s Chief Executive Gil Howarth. Elaine Clark, NSARE’s Head of Training & Skills presented the outputs from the study to the delegates and explained the findings. The speakers also included: Jeremy Candfield, Director General, Railway Industry Association & NSARE Board Member, Colin Porter, Chief Executive & Secretary, Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, Mark Southwell, Programme Director, Signalling, Network Rail and Douglas McCormick, Managing Director, Atkins’ UK Rail Business & NSARE Board Member.

Mark Southwell and Jeremy Candfield jointly chaired the afternoon discussion which identified key issues needed to be taken forward on a collective basis.

NSARE would like to thank all the companies which dedicated their support and time for this very beneficial study.

Newcastle Academy

Newcastle College Academy brings future of rail to the North East

The region’s first railway academy has been given the green light, bringing the future of rail engineering to the North East along with the prospect of thousands of jobs.

Newcastle College’s £5m state-of-the-art training facility will be built on land between Heworth and Pelaw and will provide a “once in a generation” opportunity for school leavers.

The college is working with a number of key stakeholders on the project, including
Network Rail and The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE). It will train people from GCSE through to degree level and will include qualifications in electrification, signalling and telecommunications.

Gil Howarth, Chief Executive of NSARE, said: “NSARE is proud to support this excellent initiative which will provide a centre of excellence for railway engineering training in the North East.

The college’s deputy principal, Robin Ghurbhurun, said: “More than 1,000 rail workers across the region will be ready to retire in the next five years. Our aim is to up-skill individuals to take advantage of jobs available in the future. It’s really about bringing the future of rail to the North East.”

The school will be up and running by September and aims to train 800 students over the next five years.

NSARE welcomes the HS2: Get Ready Report


NSARE’s Chief Executive, Gil Howarth, said;
“We welcome the Task Force’s recognition that NSARE can play a pivotal role in developing the skills required, not only for the HS2 project, but for the rail industry as a whole.  HS2  can be the catalyst for developing the skills that the rail industry needs now and in the future. We look forward to working with Government, HS2 Ltd and the railway industry on this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

NSARE was commissioned to undertake the railway engineering skills forecasting work for HS2 in the autumn of 2013.


Railway Engineering Kids

Get on Track with a Career in
Railway Engineering!

The Smallpeice Trust, the independent education charity, is organising two subsidised residential Railway Engineering courses for budding young engineers aged 15 to 17 
(Year 11 and 12):


  • University of Birmingham   14th – 17th July 2014
  • University of Huddersfield 21st – 24th July 2014

Sponsored by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) and the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE), these courses provide students with the opportunity to explore the technologies and operational systems required to create a high speed railway network.The course fee, including four days full board, all course materials and supervised social activities is just £275 per student, per course.

HS2 will sponsor 10 places for students on the NSARE Railway Engineering Courses.

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