Plans have been announced for new FE college to train next generation of world-class engineers to work on construction of High Speed 2 (HS2).
Announcing the new college, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said it would build relationships with a network of affiliated facilities, providing students from across the country will have opportunities to become and work along the line.
The physical location of the college has yet to be decided, but in line with industry expectation of continued investment through the HS2 in the North of England, the site may be in the vicinity of the line extension from the East Midlands through Yorkshire.
The news that the College will work in partnership with existing Further and Higher Education providers across the UK, means that wherever it is, young people will have opportunities to forge careers in HS2 and other future schemes.
The TEW Group have a keen interest in the proposed college. Notwithstanding the opportunities HS2 may bring to specialised engineering Groups like TEW, the probability of seeing another college of excellence bringing young people into the field of Rail Engineering can only be a good thing for the long term.
Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said, “Creating jobs by delivering better infrastructure is a key part of the Government’s long term economic plan. When open, it is predicted that HS2 will underpin the delivery of 400,000 jobs.”
07 February 2014 by Jenny Jones