A new player is steaming into the rail qualifications sector – aiming to raise quality and meet industry demand.

Specialist awarding organisation EAL is launching new rail qualifications in partnership with The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE).

The qualifications will meet demand for skilled workers ahead of major infrastructure investment in the UK – with government planned projects such as the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail network.

This is the first time EAL has provided qualifications for the rail industry, having already established itself as the leading employer recognised awarding organisation for the manufacturing, engineering and building sectors.

As part of their commitment to the industry, EAL is investing in training for all their full time External Verifiers (EVs) who work in the rail sector.

Julia Chippendale (pictured below), Managing Director of EAL, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for EAL, building on our excellent reputation and understanding of the engineering sector, to develop innovative qualifications for the rail industry”.

Gil Howarth, Chief Executive of NSARE, said: “We are pleased to be working with EAL on this exciting project, to help tackle current and future skills needs within the railway engineering industry.”

EAL and NSARE are officially launching their first qualification today, a Level 2 Certificate in Track Renewals, at an event in London. Further qualifications will follow.

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