Partnership developed to fast-track North Lincolnshire students to High Speed Rail college



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Students from the Engineering UTC in North Lincolnshire can be fast-tracked into a career in high speed rail and transport infrastructure after the college agreed a partnership with the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster.

The National College for High Speed Rail, the largest of five national colleges created by the Government, has state-of-the art facilities and offers students the opportunity to learn their trade using the latest technology such as augmented and virtual reality and touch screen interactive whiteboards.

Last year 100% of UTC students went on to work or further education and after a successful year forging fruitful partnership with employers the new tie-up with the NCHSR arose as part of a new focus to develop links with further education colleges in the region.

The new partnership means that Engineering UTC North Lincolnshire students will enjoy a tour of the college, assistance with the application form and an assessment on whether UTC students could benefit from financial assistance towards their studies.

Careers and education opportunities in engineering are become more and more sought after. Over the next five years it is estimated that businesses in Britain will need 182,000 new engineers every year. Right now, the country is falling short by 69,000 engineers a year. The rail industry in particular faces even further skills shortages, with one in five rail engineers currently aged over-55.

Britain’s move into high speed rail and HS2 alone set to create 25,000 new jobs; careers in this industry are set to become more and more sought after. The National College for High Speed Rail is the gateway for learners to gain the skills they need to take up a once-in-a-generation opportunity and work on Europe’s largest and most exciting infrastructure project as well as other forms of transport infrastructure.

The college, which has campuses in both Doncaster and Birmingham, launched the UK’s first ever Certificate of Higher Education in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University last year. The college is now also running the Foundation Degree in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure and is looking to expand to offering the full BSc degree in 2019.

Marc Doyle, CEO and Principal of the Engineering UTC North Lincolnshire said: “We’re hugely excited about this partnership with the National College for High Speed Rail as we believe it’s home to the best learning facilities and most advanced learning equipment in Great Britain.

“We recently held our staff training day at the college and were amazed by the equipment and the quality of the learning on offer. After creating deep and meaningful partnerships with local employers such as Phillips 66, Cristal, Jacobs and British Steel we’re delighted about creating exciting new pathways with education institutions like the National College for High Speed Rail and offering our students the opportunities to high-quality and highly-prized careers in high speed rail and learning their trade using the latest 21st Century digital tech.”

The news come hot on the heels of Year 11 students at the Scunthorpe college achieving their best ever GCSE results with Maths and English results above national averages and an increase of almost 25% in Engineering Level 2 passes. 100% of the college’s Year 13 students recorded 100% pass rates for engineering subjects, with all students securing higher apprenticeships or jobs.

All of our Year 13 students studying Level 3 Cambridge Technical Engineering Qualification have performed on or above target and have also achieved 100% pass rate in their Level 3 Maths qualification.

The chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, Clair Mowbray, said: “We’re very excited about this partnership because the Engineering UTC North Lincolnshire has proven itself to be an excellent institution which offers high-quality learning and outcomes for its students.

“The future is very bright for students looking to start a career in high speed rail and infrastructure as Britain currently has a record £600bn of infrastructure projects in the pipeline. As an organisation we’re dedicated to providing a world-class learning environment so British leaners can take advantage of these outstanding career opportunities.”