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Skills aspects of 2015 Budget

8 July


As part of George Osborne's Budget, he announced a new apprenticeship levy for large businesses.

George Osborne has announced the Summer Budget 2015 on Wednesday 8th July. Chancellor’s budget included plans for an apprenticeship levy, a living wage that could reach £9 per hour by 2020, and further details on previously announced policies such as the ‘youth obligation’.

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The key announcement for colleges in Chancellor’s budget is the plan to implement spending cuts over a longer period but a slower rate than indicated in the March budget. NSARE will continue to emphasise the need for the government to invest in education and skills.


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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