Minister to open vital new training academy

Date: October 2015

The newly formed National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) will open its doors to industry engineers of the future on 20th October in Northampton, with transport minister Claire Perry present to cut the ribbon on the day.

Established as a joint venture between The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Siemens, NTAR has been set up to develop and harness the skills essential to ensuring the railway’s longevity.

The UK’s telecoms infrastructure is a vital component in securing the future of ETCS (European Train Control System) and the digital railway. Leading provider ADComms will deliver all advanced telecoms skills training at the Northampton centre to help address current industry shortages.

The training courses provided will include many aspects of telecoms infrastructure, technology and machine to machine integration, ranging from radio network expertise and fibre management through to IP network security and smart surveillance analytics. Importantly, it will also use ADComms’ unique FTN (fixed telecoms network) GSM-R (global system for mobile communications – rail) replica network to test and train engineers on the integration of existing and new technologies.

Equipment recently installed by ADComms at the site includes a blown fibre network, FTN fibre and copper networks, buried cable joint housing and a buried services location training rig.

“We’re delighted to announce the successful delivery and fitting of all training equipment and systems on site,”
said ADComms’ training and competency manager Nathan Ibbotson.
“Gone are the days of training departments inheriting out-of-date equipment – we have a live training environment that is furnished with the latest and best telecommunications and renewable power equipment. This will provide our experienced engineering staff with the tools they need to impart their knowledge onto the next generation of rail telecoms engineers.”

For more information about NTAR, please visit

For more information, please contact St John White or Natalia Gameson at Prova on 01926 776900.