How we can help employers
We provide training and assessments for infrastructure professionals to be more productive, safe at work, and ready to deliver.
With major projects currently underway such as Midland Metro, Crossrail and Thameslink and new infrastructure initiatives in development which include the new high-speed network, there has never been a better time for businesses to either begin their ‘Journey into Rail’ or upskill their workforce.
The UK is currently in a period of immense uncertainty due to Brexit and a number of high-profile companies announcing that they will be either moving their manufacturing plants overseas or reducing the size of their operations, resulting in a large number of redundancies.
Moreover, in order for the transport and construction sectors to deliver on over £60 billion pounds worth of key investment programmes over the course of the next 10 years, including HS2, extensions to the West Midlands Metro and Commonwealth Games, an urgent strategy is needed to prevent skills shortages and an aging workforce from delaying delivery as these schemes will put increasing demand and pressure on the limited workforce currently available, many of whom are due to retire soon, potentially leading to stagnated industry growth and hampering the UK’s competitive position after Brexit on the global stage.
INFRA Skills has been assisting rail personnel and businesses throughout the UK, who are working on many of these large-scale Network Rail (NR) projects, in ensuring that they have the correct skills and knowledge to conduct themselves safely on-site. This, in turn, helps both businesses and workers to meet the NR mandate of ensuring that ‘Everyone [Returns] Home Safe Everyday’. Furthermore, by investing in the community, businesses are able to support their Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and benefit any government bid.
The skills shortage is partly due to the reduction of engineering functions and complex projects which are using new technologies and processes which require skills and experience which is often in short supply. There is no easy short-term solution, but in the long term the key issue that needs to be addressed is the sectors poor image due to a lack diversity and investment in workforce welfare. Furthermore, young people moving through the education system are currently not encouraged to follow vocational routes that historically supplied the young engineering talent, resulting in the government reaffirming its commitment to new T-levels and apprenticeships.
To support businesses, INFRA Skills has an all-inclusive catalogue of awarding bodies that includes; Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), City & Guilds and Highfield qualifications up to Level 5, CITB, LANTRA and National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) competency training. This means that we can support businesses in the delivery of rail apprenticeships as well as ensure that your workforce are equipped to work within a safety critical environment.
Are you an employer looking to upskill your personnel, or make sure they have the training and qualifications they need to deliver your project professionally, on time and on budget?
Our national training is accessible and effective and our links to industry mean that we have the know-how to deliver training that counts.
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