Students from the Isle will have the chance to ‘fast-track’ in to a career in high speed rail and transport infrastructure, thanks to a new partnership that has been forged between the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster and the Engineering UTC in North Lincolnshire.
The National College for High Speed Rail 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 per cent of UTC students went on to work or further education, and after a successful year forging 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.
It means that Engineering UTC North Lincolnshire students will enjoy a tour of the college, assistance with the application form and an assessment that could result in them receiving financial assistance towards their studies.
Over the next five years it is estimated that businesses in Britain will need 182,000 new engineers each year, but currently they are falling short by 69,000 annually.
Britain’s move into high speed rail and HS2 alone is expected to create 25,000 new jobs.
The National College for High Speed Rail launched the UK’s first Certificate of Higher Education in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University last year.
It also runs a Foundation Degree in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure and aims to offer 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 is home to the best learning facilities and most advanced learning equipment across Great Britain.
The chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, Clair Mowbray, said: “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.”