Morson Training achieve platinum in National Skills Academy audit


Morson Training achieve platinum in National Skills Academy audit

Posted on 02 December 2016

​Morson Training is proud to be the only rail trainer in the UK to have been awarded platinum in a recent quality assurance visit by the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) and have been named the number one rail training provider in the UK.

The platinum status is the first and only of its kind in the UK and follows an extensive review of the organisation by a panel of 11 industry experts chaired by Guy Wilmshurst-Smith, head of professional development and training at Network Rail, including key senior representatives from Transport for London, Network Rail, Crossrail and the project director of HS2. In order for the award to be upheld, all 11 were required to agree unanimously.

The first-of-its-kind accolade follows a three-day review of quality assurance based observations and is the highest grade available to be awarded by the NSAR.

This recent award highlights Morson’s commitment to best practice and the high quality delivery of training in all areas – from booking, through delivery and on to post-course analysis. Morson Training are now seen as the leading light in all areas. Neil Robertson, CEO of NSAR said “I am delighted to see Morson Training receive this award. The inspection reported exemplary performances in all categories, above and beyond. I’m pleased the industry quality panel agreed.”

Established in 2013, Morson Training delivers rail training and assessments from a suite of UK-wide training academies. With an on-going desire to deliver the best in all industries, Morson initially took the decision to look to plug a growing skills gap in the North West, and over the last few years have expanded to London, Chelmsford and Farnham.

With an industry leading apprenticeship programme playing a huge part in the award, the focus is always on looking to be the best while delivering the industry needs. It is hoped a national apprenticeship programme will be rolled out in 2017

Matthew Leavis, head of training, was thrilled by the award. “It’s been a two-year long journey and it’s a very personal one to me. To lead a great team such as that within Morson to the highest possible award achievable by an inspector is amazing and very satisfying. To be awarded the status of number one is an incredible.

“It just goes to show the hard work and dedication put in by the team, and proves that if you set a goal and keep working towards it, you will get there.”

Ged Mason, CEO of Morson Group, said “I am delighted with the team at Morson Training for their ongoing dedication to achieving this award status. We pride ourselves on going that extra mile and this award is a real example of this.”

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