Comment

09.03.17

Are you ready for apprenticeship changes?

Source: RTM Feb/Mar 17

Dan Walker, head of apprenticeship delivery at National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), explains how the organisation’s apprenticeship programmes are essential for employers who are serious about skills in the changing marketplace.

In case you’ve not heard: apprenticeships have changed. The old apprenticeship frameworks are being retired, and in their place new industry-specific, employer-devised standards are coming into effect. This is happening now.  

In our industry, the Rail Engineering Standards offer employers a comprehensive training and assessment plan for developing the actual knowledge, skills, and behaviours their businesses require. No longer can a generic BTEC and NVQ combination be accepted as the breadth and depth of a learner’s preparation for their career in rail. The new standards ensure learners follow a path to recognised technical, occupational, and professional competence in the railway. 

With the right provider, the standards can be the difference between an employer growing with their own next generation of rail engineering talent or plummeting into the skills gap. And don’t just take our word for it, the government thinks so too – frameworks now attract only a fraction of the funding that standards do.  

At NTAR, we combine technology, expertise and care to provide stimulating, social, and authentic apprenticeship programmes against the new standards.

We employ award-winning immersive channels to give learners the opportunity to build practical knowledge and skills on legacy, current, and future rail engineering technology. We are early adopters of learning technologies and our innovative facilitated experiences and resources allow learners to safely and freely explore equipment, processes, and technique in virtual worlds and augmented reality, before testing their skills on the real thing in our workshops.  

As part of the Siemens family, we have years of experience managing high-quality apprenticeships in large volumes across a range of engineering disciplines in the UK. And we’re proud to have been part of last year’s inspection that earned us our ‘Grade 1: Outstanding’ Ofsted rating. 

We work with a network of forward-thinking partner providers across the country, giving employers access to NTAR-standard training provision on their door steps. The specialist elements of the standard are delivered from the NTAR hub in Northampton, whilst the more common elements are delivered locally – where our employers are based – using college facilities and workshops to our strict quality requirements. We support our partner providers with resources, materials, and CPD to ensure high-quality, standardised, industry-specific delivery across the network. 

We not only ensure our programmes are aligned to our employers’ products, processes, values, and visions, but we also work with them to develop their own apprentice mentoring and support capabilities. Effective apprenticeship programmes are the result of a collaborative process, requiring commitment from employers, learners, and providers together. 

We are the only lead provider that can deliver all of the above high-quality, rail-specific training and assessment within the funding envelope of the standards. For levy payers, this means we can convert up to £27,000 of levy contribution into tangible skills and performance, per learner. For non-levy payers, this means we can grant access to the type of high-value programme often unobtainable when developing entry level talent.

Innovative, relevant, accessible, proven and cost-effective, NTAR apprenticeship programmes are essential for employers who are serious about skills.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

W: http://ntar.co.uk

Tell us what you think – have your say below or email opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com 

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

View all News

rail industry focus

Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

23/01/2020Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20 David Clarke, ... more >
New tech-enabled trains are putting passengers in control

23/01/2020New tech-enabled trains are putting passengers in control

Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20 Robert Nisbet,... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Year with brand-new infrastructrure to... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, C... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >
Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >
TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >