New National College hosts industry-backed open day to get people on track for high speed careers

NCHSR Birmingham. Exterior Side/Back Entrance Visual

NCHSR Birmingham

The largest of five new government-backed, employer-led national colleges – The National College for High Speed Rail – is hosting its first ever open days to allow people to find out more about the new employment opportunities the college will create when it officially launches later this year.

With industry support from several leading employers in rail, construction and infrastructure, the open day(s) in Birmingham / Doncaster are set to take place on Wednesday 3rd May / Thursday 4th May from 4-9pm at Millennium Point / Keepmoat Stadium.  The free events will offer the chance for attendees to talk to college staff and meet with the businesses who are working with the college to develop its world-class curriculum.

The new £40m state-of-the-art college is part of a new wave of national education institutions which provide a new, employer-led blueprint for helping to tackle Britain’s skills shortages. The colleges aim to equip British people with world class skills and provide businesses with the talent they need.

With the UK needing at least 182,000 people with engineering skills each year until 2022, The National College for High Speed Rail will play a fundamental role in addressing the nationwide shortage when it opens on Venture Way / Carolina Way in Birmingham / Doncaster this September.

NCHSR Doncaster. Exterior Front Entrance Visual

NCHSR Doncaster

The Birmingham / Doncaster site will be one of two campuses for the College (the other campus will be situated in Doncaster / Birmingham) and will specialise in Advanced Digital Technology, Command, Control, Communications, and Civil Engineering / High-tech engineering, Innovation, Rolling Stock, Track Systems, and Power.

The National College for High Speed Rail will be offering higher apprenticeships, HNC (Higher National Certificate) and CPD (Continued Professional Development) courses, all of which will be developed with industry employers and taught by specialists in the subject.

The college open day will allow people to find out more about the college, meet the employers backing the new institution, take away a prospectus and find out how and when to apply. Employers supporting the event include Trimble, A-Plant, Highfield Qualifications, Hitatchi, Colas Rail, British Steel, Intertrain, Wilmott Dixon, Alstom UK, VolkerRail, ACO Water Management, Thales, and Atkins Ltd,

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the College, said: ““The National College for High Speed Rail will enable young people from Birmingham/Doncaster and across Yorkshire/the Midlands to seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to work in an exciting new industry using the latest technology.

“By creating a world-class, employer-led college, we will provide students with all the skills they need to enjoy an exciting and well-paid career and provide employers with the highly-skilled workforce they need to deliver High Speed Rail.”

To find out more about the National College for High Speed Rail, visit:

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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