MyKnowledgeMap awarded skills infrastructure contract for National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering

28 September, 2011

The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) has awarded MyKnowledgeMap the contract for development and support of the total skills infrastructure system for the Academy.

The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) has awarded MyKnowledgeMap the contract for development and support of the total skills infrastructure system for the Academy.

The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) has awarded MyKnowledgeMap the contract for development and support of the total skills infrastructure system for the Academy.

The agreement will initially operate for 5 years, and the first phase of development will provide the support infrastructure for a national accreditation scheme for training providers and trainers in the railway engineering industry, together with a skills record system for all engineering personnel in the industry.

Commenting on the relationship, Gil Howarth, CEO of NSARE, says "We selected MyKnowledgeMap as our long term technology partner after an extensive review process. It was not just their prior experience in building similar systems for the Nuclear and Process industries that attracted us, but also their experience, activities and commitment across the wider skills agenda".

Rob Arntsen, founder and CEO, said "We are delighted to establish this long term partnership with NSARE and I look forward to us implementing together a world class, total skills infrastructure for the entire industry, from which we will offer similar 'SkillsBackbone' solutions for other industries and other countries. I truly believe that the skills and training industry will be one of the high growth industries of the 21st Century and that MyKnowledgeMap are well positioned to fully participate in this global market".

The NSARE vision is that by 2015 the engineering workforce will have the necessary skills to support the maintenance, development and expansion of a first-class, cost-effective 21st Century railway with every member of the engineering workforce in the railway industry having demonstrable competencies,achieved through accredited training provision. In addition, Network Rail recently announced that it had awarded the concession for its Rail Training & Assessment Accreditation Scheme (RTAS) to NSARE, with a planned live implementation date of 1st January 2012, to be underpinned by the MyKnowledgeMap 'SkillsBackbone' solution.

MyKnowledgeMap was founded in 2000 and has grown steadily to become one of the UK's most innovative and successful learning technology companies, winning awards such as the IMS Global Gold Award for innovative work on the Assessment and Practice in Learning Settings (ALPS) programme. MyKnowledgeMap manages various large scale national infrastructure skills projects in the UK and supports clients in government, large corporations and the education industry.