1st Annual (2019)

Rail Skills and Workforce Development Forum

Tuesday 02 April 2019


Registration and refreshments
Conference welcome
Michael Leftley
Head of the Employment, Incentives and Immigration Group
Addleshaw Goddard
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Andrew Boagey
Railway Engineers Forum
Insight on the current skills situation in the rail sector - creating a plan to support workforce development for those entering the industry and attracting more young people in to the sector
  • Exploring current and future workforce demands
  • Delivering new strategies to create more high quality skills and training opportunities
  • Examining the next steps and priorities
  • Creating more apprenticeship opportunities by 2030
  • Identifying the sector needs and creating long term plans
Neil Robertson
Chief Executive
The National Skills Academy for Rail
Responding to the current skills shortage and supporting and developing a whole new generation of engineers
  • Establishing the workforce of the future, while solving the current critical skills gap challenge
  • Creating new opportunities to ensure British workers can learn world class skills
  • Training the next generation of rail sector workers
  • Meeting future needs - preparing students for future work on high-speed rail infrastructure
  • Offering the best possible opportunities to new graduates and securing their future in the rail sector
Clair Mowbray
Chief Executive
National College for High Speed Rail
Morning refreshments
PANEL DISCUSSION: The impact of Brexit on the rail sector - what should the railway industry be doing now?
  • Anticipated challenges of Brexit for the existing workforce
  • Preparing for the possible implications – what are the options and how can you be prepared?
  • How will companies be affected in both the short and long term?
  • Planning for the possible impact
  • What will Brexit mean for Europe’s railways?
  • What further restrictions will affect UK rail companies when operating in the EU?
John Bracken
Addleshaw Goddard
Paul Ruane
National Secretary
Young Rail Professionals
Supporting and empowering women within the rail industry
  • Creating new policies to make the rail sector more attractive to women
  • Overcoming the many challenges faced when building a career in a male dominated industry
  • Empowering young women to plan and develop their careers
  • How to attract, develop and retain female talent in the rail sector
  • Discussing the fundamental issue of gender diversity in rail
  • Lessons learned from senior professionals – the role of mentoring in training and developing staff
Anna Delvecchio
Member of the Board; Commercial Account Director
Women in Transport; Amey
Networking lunch
Increasing diversity in the rail sector for the future workforce
  • Targeting relevant changes and achieving improved diversity 
  • Stimulating and supporting a more inclusive workplace and encouraging more diverse growth in your company
  • Achieving greater diversity through the collective contribution of all employees
  • Creating and maintaining a modern, agile and inclusive workplace
  • Setting up a more respectful, open and supportive work environment
  • Constructing a more effective and productive organisation with access to a broad range of skills, experiences and perspectives
Claire Blakeway
HR Manager
BEST PRACTICE CASE STUDY: Overcoming skills shortages and securing a more competitive sector
James Bryce
Partner – Strategic Workforce Planning
Afternoon refreshments
Empowering a digital workforce: Preparing your staff for a digital future in rail
  • Improving the productivity and effectiveness of your workforce by embracing new technologies
  • How can you better prepare your staff for digital advances and new technology?
  • Setting up the training needed for future rail staff
  • The role of digital technology in unlocking staff performance
  • Targeting relevant technology to improve staff productivity
  • Using technology to train new staff and develop new skills for existing staff
Simon Bayntun
Commercial and Technical Director; Founder and CEO
Working Eye; Mode Six
PANEL DISCUSSION: Overcoming and responding to the challenges of a rail skills shortage and improving collaboration at all stages, across the industry
  • The importance of new apprenticeship programmes when entering the rail industry
  • Identifying the main challenges when hiring and training new staff
  • Is the rail sector losing young people to more attractive sectors? Is the industry competitive enough?
  • How to attract new talent to the industry, whilst also investing in and developing your current team and staff
  • Responding to the current rail skills shortage and implementing the best approach to train and manage new and existing staff
May-Ann Lew
Major Projects Lead
Young Rail Professional
Neil Robertson
Chief Executive
The National Skills Academy for Rail
Ruth Purim
CEO & Founder
ProActive Rail
Chair's closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include time for Q & A*