Rail Cluster Builder

Scottish Engineering is working with Scottish Enterprise alongside Transport Scotland to set up a Rail Cluster Builder for the rail sector in Scotland. The rail cluster will link Scottish SMEs with rail manufacturers, contractors, academics and research centres across the country to identify more environmentally friendly track and train solutions.

The purpose of the cluster builder is to communicate and raise awareness of the opportunities in the rail sector in Scotland and to support the recently issued Government’s Rail Decarbonisation Action in which the aim is to make Scotland a world leader in creating net zero emissions railways.

In the current circumstances, the rail cluster builder will begin life as a digital project with a number of events bringing the parties together online in the initial months.  However, the ambition is there within Scottish Enterprise for this to develop into a physical cluster of businesses and research centres in Scotland, collaborating to deliver a world-class manufacturing capability in low-carbon rail transport.

More information below.

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    Programme of events

    With ambitious plans to develop the project into a physical cluster of businesses and research centres in Scotland, collaborating to deliver a world class manufacturing capability in low carbon rail transport, we are developing an initial programme of online events aimed at providing SMEs with the information they need to enter the sector.

    Work Winning Safety, Competence and Training Session

    Virtual Event: Wednesday 23rd June | 11.00-12.30

    Skills for Growth Session – Supported by Remarkable

    7 Reasons why you will benefit from Skills for Growth

    The pandemic has resulted in a new economic environment – including a greater focus on innovation and productivity – where having the right blend of skills in place is essential.

    Our upcoming “Skills for Growth” session on Wednesday 23rd June, will be delivered by Ste​phen McQuillan and Julie Begbie of Remarkable, who will provide an introduction to Skills for Growth, a hugely valuable programme delivered by Skills Development Scotland in partnership with Remarkable.

    The programme works to help you understand your business challenges, identify skills gaps and provides detailed recommendations to help organisations create an even better place to work. Skills for Growth is a fully-funded opportunity for business consultancy from an SDS adviser and a specialist consultant. Based on the recommendations, the programme will also try to minimise the cost to you of further support, by providing advice on how to maximise any public sector funding available.

    If you are looking to grow and would like to find out more about how Skills for Growth can support you, register now. Please note that spaces on this session are limited and will be picked at random.

    Register here

    Add your company to the Rail Cluster Directory

    Fill in your details below and we will add your company to the directory.  We will keep you up to date with information and opportunities from the Rail Cluster Builder where you can learn more about the Rail Cluster and interact with industry leaders.


      “This is an excellent opportunity for Scotland’s Engineering SMEs to add or grow rail sector involvement at a time when diversification is especially welcome, and all the more so given the target that the rail sector has set in Scotland to drive to zero carbon. This ambition marks this as a stand-out example of the sustainable manufacturing we are keen to grow, and we are also delighted to welcome Shona to lead this project, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and connections in this sector.”

      Paul Sheerin
      Chief Executive
      Sottish Engineering

      “As we continue transition through the Scottish Government’s Route map to Recovery it is clear we need to do all we can to boost the economy through green initiatives. This new rail cluster will make a significant impact to the rail industry and also Scottish businesses in the longer-term.

      Last month I launched our Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan which sets out in detail how the Scottish Government will decarbonise Scotland’s rail services by 2035, in line with last year’s Programme for Government commitment, and contributing towards our commitment to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

      Together we have a once in a generation opportunity to not only stimulate innovation within the train manufacturing industry but also to create skilled, sustainable employment in Scotland through stable workbanks.  This has corresponding benefits for up-skilling the workforce, for more apprenticeships, for the development of talent, and for long-term employment security.

      Working together I am confident that Scotland can and will continue to lead the UK and global march to net-zero.”

      Michael Matheson
      Cabinet Secretary for Transport
      Infrastructure and Connectivity

      “This is an exciting development in Scotland’s fight against the climate emergency, and in building a new field for jobs and investment.  The Cluster Builder will help to ensure that Scottish companies benefit from worldwide growth in the low carbon rail sector.

      The project will connect Scottish businesses with the country’s top manufacturing innovators, as well as connecting up supply chain partners.  It will provide real opportunities for SMEs in Scotland, as well as contributing to our ambitions for more and better jobs and a green economic recovery.”

      David Leven
      Head of High Value Manufacturing
      Scottish Enterprise

      Rail Cluster group members