Case Study

NSAR delivering professional skills in China


The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) support training & assessment providers and ensure the quality of training provision is of a high standard. Through knowledge and intelligence, NSAR helps the rail and infrastructure sectors & its employer members make informed decisions and target investment in resource planning.

NSAR’s brokerage role enables industries to increase its competitiveness through matching skills and workforce demand to training and education supply for both up-skilling and apprentices, thus enabling companies to deliver a more efficient business and service; having the right people at the right time in the right place.

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

South East Asia, Global, China
Curriculum Design, Quality Assurance, Training Provision, Skills Assessment, Employer Engagement

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) occupies a unique position sitting between the key stakeholder groups, employers, academia and training providers in the sector having strong links to each.

NSAR supports employer, training providers facilitate training requirements in addition to working with Rail Engineering, Infrastructure Operations and Network Operations in the development of everything from labour marketing information (LMI), through skills standards and curriculum development, training and assessment, teacher capacity building and certification.

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Chinese businesses are seeking to improve the productivity of their workers. Lower level skills levels, coupled with a less developed tradition of work based learning are inhibiting growth and sustainability. Local government departments supported investment in new machinery for the factories and wished to see workers skills developed in order to use the equipment for effectively and safely.

NSAR supported an FCDO skills programme that was designed to support China in developing its skills capability and meet its economic development needs for the future.

NSAR designed and delivered a pilot training programme comprising of three outputs:

  1. Deliver a workplace training programme adapted from EAL Level 3 Manufacturing curriculum (Mold and Die)
  2. Organise and deliver a Study Tour to meet with UK Vocational Colleges and Skills Bodies for a delegation from Ningbo Education Bureau and Ningbo Polytechnic
  3. Organise and deliver a dissemination seminar to share knowledge and lessons learnt from Output 1 and 2

NSAR also developed and delivered a comprehensive programme of training for teachers, managers and officials from Zhenzhou in strategic workforce planning.

Workforce planning is an essential component for ensuring training investment is well made and targeted. Chinese local and regional officials, and the top railway college in China wanted to understand and share best practice and to align supply and demand, as well as targeting training at their infrastructure sectors.

NSAR supported the transformation of how skills are delivered through developing and implementing a unified skills strategy to ensure that training capability and capacity meets the future needs of industry as it strives towards world class competitiveness.

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