NTAR is a joint project between the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) in UK, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and the Department for Transport (DfT) of UK, with industry partner Siemens.

NTAR, with its multi-million pound state-of-the-art facility based in Northampton, acts 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’s goal is to build a workforce that can steer the railway network through a transformational era. To achieve their goal and attract bright young people who want to come and join the industry, the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) believes that a new approach to training is needed. By adopting innovation and technology into their training methodology, NTAR improves the way training is delivered while reducing costs in parallel to supporting client’s training needs.

NTAR has successfully introduced and run its programmes using Virtual Reality technology and has observed enormous enthusiasm coming from the industry. By working with EAL (Evaluation Assurance Level), the specialist industry qualification awarding organisation, NTAR have launched their EAL approved programmes to benefit the global rail industry.

DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH
DB Engineering & Consulting offers technically sophisticated and customized infrastructure, mobility and transport solutions. DB Engineering & Consulting provides expertise built upon almost 180 years of German railway experience in projects around the world. Over 4,000 highly qualified employees combine their knowledge of German technology with their experience gained in international projects. DB E&C has a wide range of functional and methodical expertise gained through many years of international experience, together with specific knowledge of the transport market throughout the world. Whether vocational education and training, coaching or management and process consulting, or otherwise technical expertise or business know-how, the experts from the DB Group develop solutions that also take into account specific national legislation and regulations, as well as special cultural aspects.

DB Rail Academy by DB Engineering & Consulting
DB started some years ago to share its 180 years of Rail experiences to support emerging or rapidly growing Rail Industries. Under the roof of “DB Rail Academy”, DB Engineering & Consulting now provides a very comprehensive and modular program. The DB Rail Academy is responsible for the development of different concept approaches for holistic training and education throughout the entire transport sector. With it, modern trainings in transport and mobility are offered worldwide. A wide range of education and training programs and individual education profiles as well as the modular development structure ensure that DB Rail Academy participants become experts in their respective fields - from newcomers to top managers. The training products are adapted to individual needs and local regulations. DB Rail Academy programs target different levels: Management/Leaders, Experts, Specialist, Engineers and Operational staff as well as Vocational Trainees/Dual Students. The training products are adapted to the needs and adapted individually to the customers and, in particular, to international market specialties.
Whether for a manufacturer, operator or rail authority, TÜV SÜD’s services ensure that you fulfil each of these criteria. They provide a complete end-to-end portfolio of consulting, engineering, testing, certification and training services for conventional and high speed as well as metro and light rail. Drawing on their 50 years of experience working on some of the world’s most significant projects, their competencies are further backed by network of partners, proprietary tools and their very own rail testing facility.

TÜV SÜD’s multidisciplinary experts understand the complexities and interlinking nature of the various rail tasks. They are recognised worldwide as railway safety assessors as well as expert advisors by rail manufacturers, operators and authorities including the German Federal Railway Authority (EBA).

Through their various subsidiaries such as TÜV SÜD Nederland B.V. and SIGNON, TÜV SÜD is a full service partner, providing a range of service from planning right through to operation.