Budding engineers in Yorkshire are invited to visit the brand new National College for High Speed Rail on Carolina Way, for its open day next week, where they can find out about the training opportunities and employer connections offered at the largest of five new government-backed, employer-led national colleges.
2018 is the UK’s Year of Engineering, which is highlighting how the country needs at least 182,000 people with engineering skills each year until 2022. The new National College for High Speed Rail is taking a leading role in helping to address this nationwide shortage.
The free open day offers prospective learners the opportunity to meet with current students who are studying on the college’s introductory one-year Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure, as well as college learners who have progressed onto apprenticeships with some of the college’s key industry partners including Altsom UK, Kier, Eiffage and HS2.
Those visiting the open day will also have the opportunity to see its facilities including the main workshop and former Eurostar train; as well as the chance to try out the learning technologies including VR and AR headsets, and find out more about the college courses, support schemes, links with employers, and the different types of industry careers available.
The open day will take place from 4pm-7pm on Wednesday 28 March, at the Doncaster campus (Carolina Way, Doncaster, DN4 5PN).
The National College for High Speed Rail opened its doors last September and is one of the most exciting new learning institutions in the UK. For those who are looking for an introduction into the industry, the college’s one-year full-time course – the Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure – is taking on learners for September 2018.
The Doncaster site is one of two campuses for the college (the other campus is situated in Birmingham) where learners can specialise in High-tech engineering, Innovation, Rolling Stock, Track Systems, and Power.
Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the college, said: “With Britain’s move into high speed rail and HS2 alone set to create 25,000 new jobs, we have a timely and cutting-edge new training facility on the doorstep of people living across Yorkshire.
“Many of the employers that we work with are already choosing to recruit learners from the college’s certificate of higher education course. As a result, more than one third of this year’s full-time learners have secured apprenticeship places for September. They will be able to complete their apprenticeship in two years with a view to then moving directly into the industry.
“As well as newcomers to the industry, we’re also keen to speak with those who are looking to retrain. We’re offering a unique opportunity for people to learn the skills that are needed for a once-in-a-generation opportunity; working on Europe’s largest and most exciting infrastructure project. Anybody who is interested can register to attend our open day, where they will find out how they can attain the skills to become a part of this exciting and growing industry.”
Employers supporting the college open day include Trimble, A-Plant, Highfield Qualifications, Hitatchi, Colas Rail, British Steel, Intertrain, Wilmott Dixon, Alstom UK, VolkerRail, ACO Water Management, Thales, and Atkins Ltd.