Doncaster’s new National College for High Speed Rail is an “enormous opportunity for the whole rail industry”, according to the Chief Executive of Britain’s biggest rail freight company, DB Cargo.
DB Cargo, which is based in Carolina Way, Doncaster, just a stone’s throw away from the multi-million pound new college, employs more than 2,200 staff and transports everything from cereal to steel, as well as providing infrastructure services to Network Rail.
It Chief Executive, Hans-Georg Werner, said while the college has an important role to play in supporting the development of HS2, the state-of-the-art training and opportunities on offer will be relevant to drivers, engineers and ground-staff across the entire UK rail network.
He added: “Here at DB Cargo UK we are leading the next generation of rail freight and we look forward to working closely with the college’s Chief Executive Clair Mowbray and her team on shaping the experience and opportunities they offer.”
Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, said: “The National College is focused on delivering the skills training that is required to modernise rail. The UK’s engineering workforce is currently falling short by around 69,000 engineers every year, with a growing older workforce which currently lacks diversity.
“It is our challenge to work towards solving the skills gap that Britain faces as it invests billions of pounds into modernising the rail network and wider transport infrastructure. By working with industry partners like DB Cargo we can ensure the range of opportunities reflect the needs of all aspects of the rail industry.”
The college’s focus is post-18 education and is also accessible for those looking to retrain or develop their expertise in the industry. Learners at the college can choose from higher apprenticeships currently available in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure (Level 4) and Operations and Departmental Management (Level 5).
The college also runs an entry level one-year full-time course – the Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure, equivalent to Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification.
The National College for High Speed Rail has a second campus based in Birmingham. There will be open days for prospective learners taking place at each campus in March.
Further details can be found here
Posted on: February 12th 2018