Neil Franklin

Head of Skills Intelligence

Since July 2014, Neil has been working with National Skills Academy for Rail as the Head of Skills Intelligence to support industry and its employers with understanding their future skills requirements. Typically this has included:
• Leading the Skills Intelligence team to generate workforce forecasts for the rail, wider transport and other infrastructure sectors, using NSAR’s own Skills Intelligence Model (SIM);
• Supporting large scale enhancement projects and franchise bidders with the development of their Strategic Workforce Planning initiatives, looking at long term workforce requirements;
• Developing NSAR CONNECT, an innovative online system that enables the redeployment of staff around the industry without losing them to other sectors;
Neil is a Board member of Routes into Rail and is the nominated Industry Champion for Skills Intelligence in the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan. He is currently working with Digital Rail, Crossrail 2, HS2, Network Rail, Train Operators, Rail Delivery Group, main Contractors, Heathrow Expansion and Transport for London.

He is a Collaboration Board Director for the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) and works closely with the industry leading, training solutions organisations.

He is also supporting the DfT on industry productivity initiatives, using data and analytics to generate positive metrics to support future investment levels. Part of this role is looking at how the industry can become more productive, and how improving wellbeing and the mental health of the workforce can lead to higher levels of company and industry productivity. He is also a driving force in moving training and the delivery of training to a modern technological and contemporary footing, and is looking at how the rail industry can deliver its training in a more immersive way.  

Neil Franklin