The opportunity for new rail engineering talent is vast – at least 7,200 engineering and technical workers will be needed to work in high speed rail in the UK by 2020. It is further estimated there will be more than 100,000 job opportunities across Britain’s railways by 2027, with HS2 alone set to create 25,000 new jobs.
However it is estimated that businesses in Britain will need around 203,000 new engineers every year until 2024. Right now, we’re falling short by around 49,000 engineers a year. The rail industry in particular faces even deeper skills shortages, with one in five rail engineers currently aged over 55.
With two state-of-the-art campuses in Birmingham and Doncaster, the National College for High Speed Rail - the largest of five employer-led colleges created by the Government – is tasked with seizing this opportunity to ensure British workers can learn world class skills.
A total of £40m has been invested into the colleges by the Government, with a further £12 million provided by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, and the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.
Developed with employers, the college is preparing learners and the industry for the future of rail travel. It is focused on developing skills in digital design, communications, project management and leadership, with training and work experience offered to learners aged 18 and above, as well various apprenticeships in support of industry employers.
The West Midlands campus on Lister Street in Birmingham is fully kitted out with the very latest equipment – trains, carriages, track and digital systems - from companies who are already leading rail innovation.
The college’s doors are open to everyone as it aims to create a new, diverse generation of highly-skilled professionals to lead Britain’s future rail industry.
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