Neil Franklin 2019-04-10T09:09:00+00:00

Neil Franklin


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Neil Franklin, Head of Skills Intelligence, National Skills Academy for Rail

Since July 2014, Neil has been working with the National Skills Academy for Rail as the Head of Skills Intelligence to support industry and its employers with understanding their future skills requirements. Typically this has included:

  • Leading the Skills Intelligence team to generate workforce forecasts for the rail, wider transport and other infrastructure sectors, using NSAR’s own Skills Intelligence Model (SIM);
  • Supporting large scale enhancement projects and franchise bidders with the development of their Strategic Workforce Planning initiatives, looking at long term workforce requirements;
  • Developing NSAR CONNECT, an innovative online system that enables the redeployment of of staff around the industry without losing them to other sectors;
  • NSAR leadership for the market engagement and curriculum development for the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) and also the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) with HS2 Ltd.

Neil is a Board member of Routes into Rail and is the nominated Industry Champion for Skills Intelligence in the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan. He is working with Digital Rail, Crossrail 2, HS2, Network Rail, Train Operators, Rail Delivery Group, main Contractors, Heathrow Expansion and Transport for London.

He is a Collaboration Board Director for the National Training Academy for Rail and works closely with the industry leading, training solutions organisation, Pauley.

He is also support the DfT on industry productivity initiatives, using data and analytics to generate positive metrics to support future investment levels. He is also a driving force in moving training and the delivery of training to a modern technological and contemporary footing, and is looking at how the rail industry can deliver its training in a more immersive way.

What Can Rail Learn from Immersive Technologies?

The presentation will look at the reasons why it is so important to look at different ways of operating, why training the workforce needs to be flexible and dynamic and what are the economic benefits from doing so.