The National College for High Speed Rail has officially opened its doors following ceremonies at its Doncaster and Birmingham campuses.
Yesterday two of HS2’s greatest cheerleaders rail minister Paul Maynard and West Midlands mayor Andy Street spoke of the impact the college will have at the Birmingham site’s opening, a week after the Doncaster site.
The new college will welcome 150 students across both sites in the 2017-18 academic year as part of a soft launch with 1,200 students expected to enrol once it reaches maximum capacity.
Equipped with the very latest in cutting-edge technology – including virtual reality training on board a Eurostar power car, an augmented reality classroom, and a dedicated BIM cave – the college will play a key role in training the workforce of the future.
College CEO Clair Mowbray said, ‘We are proud of having created this world-class rail skills centre in Birmingham and look forward to being the gateway for hugely exciting and rewarding careers building Europe’s largest infrastructure project.’