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National College recognised for outstanding collaborative working

Efforts to bring businesses, political and educational leaders together to successfully launch the new National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham and Doncaster this year, have been recognised through a prestigious industry award nomination for the college. 

The National College for High Speed Rail has been confirmed as a nominee in the ‘collaborative working’ category for the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018.  The nomination recognises the concerted steps that have been taken to create and launch the college, which is designed to address the national skills shortage in rail and engineering, and improve diversity across these sectors. 

The £40m training facility, which officially launched in October this year following completion of its two campuses, has seen a number of milestones achieved during its construction phase. They include:

  • The donation of more than £5million worth of kit and equipment from industry leaders including two Eurostar powercars provided by Alstom and 300 metres of track from British Steel
  • The creation of a Technical Advisory Group, to share advice on the latest industry developments and ensure the college’s practices reflect what is needed in training.
  • The launch of a new Level 4 Apprenticeship in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure – 11 months from the first working group to full approval
  • Support from more than 30 businesses who have committed members of their staff to share expertise with learners at the college.
  • A thriving calendar of commercial events and conferencing already taking place at each college campus as a result of its collaborative culture.
  • International delegations visiting the college from China, Italy and Malaysia, leading to early proposals for international student exchanges.  

Clair Mowbray. chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, said: “Given that our buildings were only recently completed and our first tranche of learners are still settling in, it’s fantastic to have such high profile recognition for the college at this early stage.  The nomination is testament to our small – and currently growing – team, who have worked tirelessly to share the vision of the college with a wide community of businesses, civil servants, existing and potential new learners. 

“While there have been plenty of highlights for the college already, we’re now preparing for our next phase with new apprentices starting in January and May next year, as well as our first full intake of learners next September.  We’re looking forward to cementing the college’s role in training the UK’s next generation of leaders and experts in rail, engineering and infrastructure.” 

Cllr Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor of Doncaster, said: “It is tremendous to see the collaborative approach required to create this National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster has been recognised. We had the ambition to bring the College to Doncaster to build on our proud rail heritage and enhance our growing rail sector. Working closely with our partners we have now seen a truly world class facility open in Doncaster which will train the rail engineers of the future. We continue to work proactively with the College to encourage local people to attend and learn the cutting edge skills needed for a highly rewarding career in rail.”

The National College for High Speed Rail has been designed to solve the engineering, design, planning, manufacturing and construction skills gap that Britain faces as it looks to invest billions of pounds in modernising its rail network and wider transport infrastructure.  It will play a key role in generating the workforce of the future who will design and build the UK’s new high-speed rail network and future infrastructure projects.  For more information:

The winners if the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018 will be announced at a ceremony on 22nd March 2018 at the Battersea Evolution in London.  For more information: