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07.12.15

Former NSARE expands to cover whole rail industry

The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering has changed its name to the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) as it extends its scope to cover the whole rail industry – including operations, service delivery, digital technology and passenger-facing roles.

Its CEO, Neil Robertson, who took over in the summer, said the move was not a “strategic shift” and that the organisation will continue to focus on plugging engineering skills shortages, providing skills intelligence and quality assurance services, supporting apprenticeship standards and offering strategic advice on skills and workforce development.

He also thanked the support received from the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), individual operators and rolling stock companies (ROSCOs) in expanding the organisation to become the “single focal point on skills” the industry “needs and deserves”.

Its enhanced membership scheme now includes RDG members, TOCs, ROSCOs, Network Rail and Transport for London, as well as the former membership scheme with over 360 companies throughout the industry, including RTM.

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NSAR will now work with the industry to encourage wider take up for its SkillsID competency management system, as well as continuing to ensure the rail network remains “safe, effective, reliable and productive”.

RTM interviewed Robertson shortly after he took the helm from Gil Howarth in the summer, for our October/November edition, but we have also chronicled the founding, development and achievements of NSARE extensively in recent years.

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