“All change” is a phrase that every rail passenger is used to hearing. But it’s now a phrase that has special resonance throughout the UK rail industry, as the move toward the ‘Digital Railway’ of the future gathers pace – just at the time when many of the industry’s workforce are approaching retirement age. Both government and industry alike recognise that this combination of technological and demographic pressure needs a very clear strategy. Only by addressing training and recruitment needs now can we ensure that the UK can draw upon a highly-skilled talent pool in rail engineering – and create a truly world-leading 21st century rail network. With immediate needs on the timetable too, such as expansion of the workforce to maintain new fleets, the response to the challenge has been a unique and ambitious public/private partnership between government agencies and private enterprise: the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR). NTAR, with its multi-million pound state-of-the-art facility based in Northampton, will act both as a UK flagship and an international Centre of Excellence for skills development and collaborative working in traction and rolling stock: addressing a skills gap that would otherwise become a barrier to both maintaining and growing the workforce.
NTAR is a joint project between the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR), the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and the Department for Transport (DfT), with industry partner Siemens.
The academy will play a leading role in the new railway skills development programmes being driven by NSAR – working with the market to make sure that industry priorities are met.
We will specialise in vital traction and rolling stock training: offering unrivalled facilities and courses, with our Northampton centre acting as a hub to support and deliver services to customers across the country.
When you do business with NTAR or participate in one of our courses, we are committed to working to a defined set of values and standards in terms of what we offer, how we deliver it and the behaviours we adopt – to ensure that we achieve and maintain excellence in what we do:
Our goal is clear – to offer the very highest standard of training and facilities, including:
We have been established to support all organisations across the industry, with a focus on Traction and Rolling Stock: Train Operating Companies, Freight Operating Companies, Original Equipment Manufacturers, Rolling Stock Operating Companies, Network Rail and the wider supply chain. Our courses and services are designed for: