College shows support to get Birmingham businesses ‘HS2 ready’ 



The National College for High Speed Rail recently held an event in Birmingham to outline how businesses can engage with the college, and to demonstrate the support available to businesses who are getting ready for HS2.

As the delivery of HS2 starts to gather pace, employers throughout the supply chain need to invest in skills. For the companies that design and construct HS2, investing in the skills of their workforce will not be a discretionary activity as creating opportunities for skills and employment is one of HS2’s seven strategic goals and is integral to HS2’s vision to be a catalyst for sustained and balanced growth across the UK.

With speakers including HS2’s Supply Chain Manager Scott-James Ely, and the National College for High Speed Rail’s Commercial Finance Director (Martin Owen) and Head of Partnerships and Communications (Beth Curtis), the event was well attended by a broad mix of representatives from Birmingham’s rail and engineering industries.  It included a number of surgery sessions, where businesses had the opportunity to have 1:1 meetings with college staff.

The National College for High Speed Rail will produce a new generation of highly-skilled professionals to lead Britain’s future high speed rail workforce and enable industry to get ready to deliver HS2 and future transport infrastructure projects. It is the largest of five new, national employer-led colleges being created by the Government to help students develop world-class skills.

The college will play a central role in addressing the skills gap in UK engineering and the rail sector, when it opens its two state of the art campuses in Birmingham and Doncaster this September.

For business leaders and representatives who missed the event, there is still an opportunity to sign the Leadership Pledge and become an official partner of the college. Find out more here