News Flash: NSARE opens new office in York

News Flash: Crossrail and NSARE Chairman, Terry Morgan, to open FUTURE RAIL SKILLS Conference

News Flash: New High Speed Rail College to be in Birmingham and Doncaster

News Flash: NSARE is carrying out additional skills forecasting work

News Flash: Transport Minister Baroness Kramer visits NTAR (National Training Academy for Rail)

News Flash: NSARE is proud to support the HS2 Supply Chain Conferences in London and Manchester

News Flash: Skills Minister Nick Boles congratulates NSARE

Exciting News from NSARE

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer visits NTAR (National Training Academy for Rail)

27 October

New UK Rail Academy takes shape to future-proof Railway Engineering skillsBaroness Kramer

Construction is well underway on the multi-million pound national training academy that will act as a flagship for skills development in traction and rolling stock for the UK rail industry.

An event to view the progress of construction works for the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) took place today (27 October 2014), attended by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer. Opening in autumn 2015, the academy will grow the UK talent pool in rail engineering, plugging the skills gap that could otherwise become a barrier to growth.

Announced last year, NTAR is a joint project between the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE),  the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and the
Department for NTARGroupTransport (DfT), who have provided half the funds required, with industry partner Siemens contributing the other 50 per cent.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “The academy for rail, the first of its kind in the UK, is a crucial part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain. Generations of young people will benefit from the apprenticeships and training provided here to find new jobs and get on in life. It is great to see this academy is well on its way to becoming a much-needed facility to support our railways which are being transformed, thanks to our plans to invest more than £38 billion over the next five years.”


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Skills Minister Nick Boles congratulates NSARE on its pioneering of the Rail Engineering Trailblazer apprenticeship programme


23 October

The Government has announced that The Industry’s application to develop a Rail Engineering Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard has been successful.

Top quality new apprenticeships are being designed by employers as part of the government’s apprenticeship trailblazer scheme with employers from across a wide range of trailblazing sectors designing new apprenticeships to best meet the skills needs of their industries.

Taking the opportunity to make the existing Rail Apprenticeship frameworks simpler to understand, more flexible and focussed on delivering the current and future needs of employers and apprentices a group of Rail Engineering employers supported by The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) submitted an application to develop new apprenticeship standards for the industry last August.

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terryMCrossrail and NSARE Chairman
Terry Morgan, to open

20 October

Crossrail, has been praised for its overall management approach and is  within budget to deliver one of the biggest and most complex infrastructure projects in Europe on programme.  As it makes the transition from a construction project to a railway engineering project, the management team will face a new set of skills challenges.  Terry Morgan has been Chairman of Crossrail and Chairman of NSARE for the
past 5 years.

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NSARE is proud to support Routes into Rail event

logo13 October

Routes into Rail is hosting a dissemination event on the 29th October 2014. The event is aimed primarily at Graduate Scheme and Talent Managers, Recruitment Officers, HR experts and anyone who is involved or interested in tackling the skill shortage that the rail industry is facing. On the 29th October the audience will hear about and get access to a number of tools and activities that the Routes into Rail group has developed for rail stakeholders in order to:

  • Increase the pool of talented candidates available to the GB rail industry
  • Support rail stakeholders’ graduate recruitment and attract the best students
  • Promote a joined industry approach to the challenge of attracting graduates to be the next generation of rail professionals.

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New High Speed Rail College to be in Birmingham and Doncaster

1 October

The home of the new National College for High Speed Rail will be located in Birmingham and Doncaster, the government has announced.

The headquarters will be based in Birmingham and the college will also have a site in Doncaster. It will provide specialist vocational training to the next generation of engineers working on the High Speed 2 (HS2) project and beyond.

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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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