Latest Rail News

04.07.16

UKRS Training seeks legal action after being suspended by NSAR

Rail training provider UKRS Training is seeking legal action after it was suspended by the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) over concerns about the quality and safety of its training.

NSAR took the decision to suspend UKRS, which is accredited under the Rail Training Accreditation Scheme, after finding that it failed to demonstrate strong procedural processes, managed fatigue and working hours ineffectively, and had incomplete Safe System of Work Packs and training pack verification which was significantly below standard.

This is the second time that UKRS has failed an audit. It was previously suspended on 24 December 2015 after NSAR concluded that UKRS had failed to comply with close-out actions agreed during a standard audit in September 2015

The company then appealed against the decision, but the appeal was rejected on 17 May.

UKRS then applied to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) for an injunction. The application was heard on 28 June and the matter was postponed until 21 July.

NSAR is required to set out a detailed legal case by 8 July. It has postponed the period of suspension until after the hearing so that UKRS will be entitled to register candidates for Sentinel Cards.

UKRS declined to comment when approached by RTM.

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an RTM columnist? If so, click here.

Comments

Nonsuchmike   07/07/2016 at 13:43

Whatever the rights and wrongs of this particular case with this Rail Training provider, there can be no lowering of standards. Safety is pre-eminent in all things rail-related, whether it be training, teaching, measuring, planning, preparing, working, overseeing, validating, after care, maintenance, freight or passenger orientated. Failure to to achieve at the highest level in the area of health and safety has a very high cost in terms of lives, human resources and legal and commercial homogeneity.

A Safe Trainer   09/08/2016 at 12:08

Too many dodgy training companies about getting away with non accredited trainers running courses they are no competent to run, training and assessments being done in other languages, we need secret shoppers to catch these dangerous companies/individuals out.

Chris Jones   20/09/2016 at 18:35

I signed up with ukrs nearly a year ago on am apprenticeship scheme, i among others was told that we had to do train dispatching for a couple of months then they would put us all through our pts, we have just finished dispatching, after countless excuses from ukrs and orion training group we were told te other day that the plug had been pulled on apprenticeship due to lack of funds, so nearly a year of my life wasted, no pts and owed loads of money from them all as legally as apprenticeship you are to be paid 30 hpw even if you haven't done 30 hours, as a married man with a baby due in 6 weeks i have had a year of my life wasted, and been left with no job amd no prospects of being able to work on the railways, so thank you so much ukrs and orion group! Ypu complete and utter fat cat scam artists! I bet none of your kids will go withouth this christmas seeing as you skimmed all the cash you was supposed to pay us with!

Add your comment

 

related

Rail industry Focus

View all News

Comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

'the sleepers' 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 in... 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 would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... 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 projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >