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The home of Britain’s new National College for High Speed Rail will be located at Birmingham’s city centre Science Park, and at Lakeside Campus in Doncaster, prime minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne announced today (30 September 2014).

The sites were selected “following a consultation process which attracted a number of very strong proposals from across the country”. Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable said that ‘HS2 College’ “demonstrates that the UK is advancing as a global leader in rail manufacturing, in line with the government’s Industrial Strategy”.

The governing board of HS2 College will be chaired by Crossrail ‘chair’ Terry Morgan and will include representatives from Birmingham and Doncaster, alongside HS2 Ltd and leading industry employers.

[‘New high speed rail college to be in Birmingham and Doncaster’, gov.uk, 30 Sep 2014]

The headquarters will be based in Birmingham and the college will also have a site in Doncaster. It will provide specialist vocational training to the next generation of engineers working on the High Speed 2 (HS2) project and beyond.

As many as 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities will be created by HS2, and there will be around 25,000 people employed during construction. HS2 will support growth in the wider economy and it is predicted that this could lead to an additional 400,000 jobs.

[…] The new college will be led by employers from the sector and will set industry standards for training based on emerging technology and the use of cutting-edge facilities, with trainers who are expert in their field. The specialist training at the college will be level 4 and over.

[…] Work will now begin on building the college sites and developing the courses which will help to train the next generation of engineers and address concerns of potential future skills shortages. In due course, the college will also develop strong links to other institutions around the country.

Before it opens in 2017, it will have identified a network of other providers who will also be part of the National College in a ‘hub and spoke’ model – which will be crucial in delivering the leading edge provision that is needed for this important sector.

The High Speed Rail College is the first specialist National College to be developed and is in line with the government’s Industrial Strategy. This will help the UK economy and businesses to compete and grow as well as secure jobs and increase skills for future generations.

If HS2 College is such a good idea, why doesn’t France have a collège TGV, or Germany a Fachoberschule ICE? And if HS2 College is supposed to meet an unmet need to train railway engineers, then what was the purpose of setting up the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE), with public money, a few years ago?

NSARE Information sheet 1

NSARE Information sheet 2

NSARE Information sheet 3

NSARE Information sheet 4

National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering stakeholder brief, December 2010

National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering stakeholder brief, December 2010

Fittingly, the announcement was made as Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne visited the ‘Birmingham New Street Gateway’ scheme during the Conservative conference. HS2 College is a political gimmick, and New Street Gateway is Network Rail botching at its finest.

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Written by beleben

September 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm

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