Benefits of studying at NCHSR
One of the reasons the National College for High Speed Rail has so many exciting opportunities is due to the demand for engineers in the UK right now. With major infrastructure projects such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail in the works, there are limitless options for young people to build a career in an industry that – unlike a lot of industries facing job cuts or a declining market – has more opportunities than ever before.
One of the main concerns the rail industry and the wider transport sector has is a looming skills gap. As jobs become more digitalised and technology continues to develop at an exponential rate, a lot of people are in danger of being ‘left behind’. At NCHSR, that is the least of your worries because our vision is simple: Pioneering technical excellence.
We want to help create a new generation of engineers for the new era of rail travel and modernisation of the existing rail network, drawn from lots of different backgrounds and with the skills to take on any challenge.
The National College for High Speed Rail offers a variety of courses at different levels, in hopes that everyone can find the right option for them. There are full-time and part-time courses available at a variety of levels.
Further to learning the knowledge that’s needed to begin your career in engineering, you can also get to know potential future employers. NCHSR have partnerships with many of the rail and infrastructure industry’s largest and most influential companies. A number of our learners work for companies we are partnered with, giving them a huge kickstart to their career. Read about Caitlin, apprentice at TransPennine Express.
We also have brilliant lecturers and guest lecturers who use their unique experiences develop you as a person as well as an engineer. In addition to learning invaluable knowledge of the role you could eventually end up working in, you will gain an understanding of how the industry works on a wider scale.
Recently Uzma Shahzadi, a lecturer specialising in Politics, Leadership and Management visited our Birmingham campus and gave a guest lecture to the Systems Engineering and Command, Control & Communication apprentices on the qualities required of a good leader. In the future when our learners are in a position where they are managing people or projects, they will have some knowledge on how they can perform to the best standard, avoiding being thrown so much in the deep end. The key difference between NCHSR compared to a standard college is, unlike many institutes, there’s an equal focus on understanding subject matter and preparing for the role you will go on to do one day.