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News Flash: NSARE Launches Rail Integrated Design Management MSc

News Flash: National Training Academy for Rail Enters Final Phase

Exciting News from NSARE

National Training Academy for Rail Enters Final Phase

26 June

Building structure complete on time and on budget; focus from now until opening on internal fit-out and training programme run-throughs


The workshop at the new National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR)

NTARinWith just over three months to go before the new National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) opens the doors to its first students, collaboration partners - the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) and Siemens – have released new images to celebrate practical building completion.

Construction of the facility began in July 2014 with an ambitious timetable to open its doors to the industry in autumn 2015. Key elements include:

  • A large, fully-fitted workshop
  • State of the art virtual reality suite
  • An ERTMS / ETCS room
  • A digital railway room
  • An area dedicated to railway electrification

General Manager Simon Rennie commented: “This is a really exciting time for NTAR. The physical building is now complete and we can move to the final stage before opening – fitting out the interior, installing the remaining state of the art training aids and equipment and runthroughs of the training courses and programmes on offer."

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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

T&RS Long image

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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NTAR showcases cutting edge training technologies at RailTex 2015

15 May

railtex 2NTAR exhibited at RailTex 2015 - the all-encompassing showcase for technological innovation across the rail supply market. The NTAR team displayed cutting edge training technologies, a highlight of which is the Virtual Reality equipment (pictured), that will train future engineers. The team engaged with operators, suppliers, and senior stakeholders across the UK and European railway industry, receiving a hugely positive response for the prospective provision of a quality training supplier for the industry.

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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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South West Trains apprentices are Midlands-bound thanks to new training contract

21 April

NTARSouth West Trains first train operating company to sign up to new National Training Academy for Rail

South West Trains will be the first train operating company (TOC) to benefit from the new National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR).

Under a rolling contract that starts in September, the entire intake of engineering apprentices from South West Trains will attend the National Training Academy for Rail over a period of 36 months to be trained in a variety of subjects including BTEC Level 3 Electrical/Electronic Engineering, NVQ Level 3 Engineering Maintenance, and HNC Level 4 Electrical/Electronic Engineering.

NTAR will be responsible for the administration of South West Trains’ apprenticeship programme, including framework registration, qualification provision, learner enrolment, college management, certification, scheme accreditation, Skills Funding Agency (SFA) arrangements, and Ofsted preparation and measures as well as providing scheme enrichment in the form of technical and professional development modules.

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NSARE Launches Rail Integrated Design Management MSc

16 March


Rail Integrated Design Management MSc is now open to the rail industry

From March 2015 the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) will be welcoming applications for the Rail Integrated Design Management MSc - a rail focused
University College London (UCL) master’s degree.

Now in its third year, this is the first time that the qualification will be open to the rail industry. With the demand for delivery of multidisciplinary projects in the field of rail engineering ever increasing so is the need for highly technical staff. Aimed at senior experienced professionals, the qualification has been designed to help staff gain advanced knowledge and skills in effectively managing the interface between project engineering disciplines and stakeholders.

NSARE Chief Executive, Gil Howarth, said:

“With major infrastructure projects such as HS2 and Crossrail2 to deliver, it is vital that the UK rail industry invests in skills for the future. The Rail Integrated Design Management MSc was created by Atkins to enhance and sustain technical competency among its rail professionals. Having only been open to Atkins’ staff over the past three years, it is now open to the rail industry which is very exciting. This qualification will develop engineering leaders with the skills and knowledge to deliver engineering innovation in a complex industry. By supporting their staff to undertake this qualification, employers will be ensuring that their staff are equipped to meet the growing demands on the UK rail network.”

The qualification is supported by NSARE and contains 18 modules which are delivered part-time over two years by practising engineers and specialists. The third year supports the production of a dissertation or research topic.

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