1st Annual (2019)

Rail Skills and Workforce Development Forum

Tuesday 02 April 2019

Programme

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08:45
Registration and refreshments
09:30
Conference welcome
Michael Leftley
Head of the Employment, Incentives and Immigration Group
Addleshaw Goddard
09:35
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Andrew Boagey
Chair
Railway Engineers Forum
09:45
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
10:15
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
10:45
Morning refreshments
11:15
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
Associate
Addleshaw Goddard
Paul Ruane
National Secretary
Young Rail Professionals
11:50
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
12:20
Networking lunch
13:20
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
Amey
13:50
BEST PRACTICE CASE STUDY: Overcoming skills shortages and securing a more competitive sector
James Bryce
Partner – Strategic Workforce Planning
Arcadis
14:20
Afternoon refreshments
14:50
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
15:20
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
16:05
Chair's closing remarks
16:10
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include time for Q & A*