Major step forward for National College for High Speed Rail as construction starts

The National College for High Speed Rail took a significant step forward today, Monday 9 May, as construction officially began on its two sites in Doncaster and Birmingham.

The breaking ground ceremony launched the official start of construction on the two sites, in Doncaster’s Lakeside and Birmingham’s university district. The College is on track to open its doors to students in September 2017.

This is the latest milestone for the new high tech training facility, which will provide Britain’s workforce with the specialist training, skills and qualifications required to build HS2 and future rail infrastructure projects.

The College will equip thousands of students with the highly technical engineering skills required to build, operate and maintain a railway, including a strong emphasis on practical and virtual learning.

It will be open to a wide range of people including new entrants, existing workforce, students studying for a foundation degree in rail engineering, access students, mature entrants, higher apprentice rail engineering students, progression from L3 diploma rail engineering, continuous professional development and career changers.