The new employer-led college is the largest of five new national colleges created by Government to ensure British workers can learn world-class skills.
The development has been supported by Doncaster Council, which helped secure funding for the scheme as well as being involved with the design and construction of the college.
With a second campus in Birmingham, the new college will train 150 learners across both sites during the 2017-18 academic year. At full capacity the college will train 1,200 learners a year.
The National College for High Speed Rail is focused on solving the skills gap in Britain within the engineering, design, planning, manufacturing and construction sectors. This comes as billions of pounds is set to be invested in modernising Britain’s rail network and wider transport infrastructure.
Over the next five years it is estimated that businesses in Britain will need 182,000 new engineers every year. Right now, it is falling short by 69,000 engineers a year.
The rail industry in faces even further skills shortages, with one in five rail engineers currently aged over-55. With Britain’s move into high speed rail and HS2 set to create 25,000 new jobs including 2,000 apprenticeships; careers in this industry are sethttps://www.nchsr.ac.uk/ to become more sought after.
Neil Robertson, NSAR CEO said: “Brilliant to see the Secretary of State Justine Greening opening the new high speed rail college in Doncaster today. Hundreds of students will receive training in skills shortage areas. Great also to see support from industry players such as Alstom, Siemens and Atkins.Congratulations to Sir Terry Morgan, Claire Mowbray and the team for all their hard work.”
NSAR was engaged by HS2 in 2013 to develop the business proposition for a new National College for High Speed Rail. This involved advising BIS and HS2 on curriculum design, demand numbers, qualifications, assurance regime, facilities and ‘look and feel’ of the new National College. Many of the features recommended by us have been adopted.
The campus on Carolina Way in Doncaster has been equipped with cutting edge technology, including virtual reality training on board a Eurostar power car, an augmented reality classroom, and a dedicated BIM (building information modelling) cave.
The college will help generate the workforce of the future, who will design and build the UK’s new high-speed rail network and future infrastructure projects. It has recently created the UK’s first Certificate of Higher Education (CHE) in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure.
Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening said: “It has been great to attend the official launch of the NCHSR. It’s part of how we are steadily transforming technical education in this country, training up a new generation of skilled young people and the existing workforce so that British business has the skills it needs and people have the opportunities they want – a win-win for everyone.
“We can only do this in partnership with employers – the NCHSR is just one great example of this. The impressive new building and training facilities are at the forefront of our ambitions to create a world class system of technical education.”
For more information please visit www.nchsr.ac.uk