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NCHSR in Doncaster officially opens

Posted on 30 Oct 2017 and read 2265 times
NCHSR in Doncaster officially opensEducation Secretary Justine Greening has officially opened the new National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) in Doncaster (www.nchsr.ac.uk).

A new build of 7,000m2, the college is designed to address the potential skills shortages faced by HS2 — and the wider rail industry — by providing specialist training to the next generation of engineers.

There is also a campus in Birmingham, and the cohort for 2017-18 will be around 150 students.

The two campuses are expected to train about 1,200 students per year and equip them with the technical skills required to build, operate and maintain a railway — with a strong emphasis on practical and virtual learning.

The new college has a triple-height workshop with an inspection pit, so students can inspect and maintain the full size high-speed train that will be permanently on-site. There is a 150m-long section of railway plus overhead lines, showcasing various types of track construction.

Ms Greening said: “It has been great to attend the official launch of the NCHSR. It is 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.”