National Skills Academy For Railway

The National Skills Academy for Rail is an organisation established to enable the sector to deliver a modern and efficient, world class railway through the development of a highly skilled and productive workforce.

Promoting the sector as an industry with careers to be proud of; at NSAR we coordinate industry efforts in attracting and promoting new talent to enable the sector to be competitively positioned with other industries. In collaboration with our members, universities, colleges and training providers, we facilitate a modern qualification framework and apprentice programme that will increase competency across the sector.

We support training & assessment providers and ensure the quality of training provision is of a high standard.

Through knowledge and intelligence we help the rail sector & our members make informed decisions and target investment in resource planning. Our brokerage role enables the industry to increase its competitiveness through matching skills and workforce demand to training and education supply for both up-skilling and apprentices, thus enabling rail companies to deliver a more efficient railway; having the right people at the right time in the right place.

Our credibility within the industry, our unique resource and knowledge, enables us to provide specific support to individual companies who seek to meet their skills needs.

In a rapidly changing skills landscape we act as a coordinated powerful voice, on behalf of the sector, to influence government policy and planning safeguarding rail sectors interest.

NSAR is trusted by the rail industry to provide workable solutions for the provision of skills needed for the increasing demands of a modern railway. We develop people to excel every day, challenging the status quo and inspiring a change in the way skills and competences are delivered.

We will work with you to identify your skills gap, help you with resource planning and guide you on how to get funding for training.

We collaborate with employers to create and standardise course curriculum, develop training facilities and training plans, assess and assure the quality of training provision so you can be confident of a ready supply of trained and competent people.

  • “NSAR is delighted to be involved in “Women in Rail: Big Rail Diversity Challenge” and coordinate industry efforts in attracting and promoting new talent to enable the rail sector to be competitively positioned with other industries.

    We are committed to diversity, equality and inclusion and aim to transform rail into a sector where each individual is able to succeed based on their dreams, skills and talent.”