Principal appointed to National College for High Speed Rail

The National College for High Speed Rail is pleased to announce the appointment of Jackie Grubb as its Principal and Technical Training and Quality Director.

Jackie will shape the technical training and drive the quality of education for the next generation rail technicians and engineers at the largest of the government’s five new, employer-led national colleges.

Reporting into the college’s Chief Executive Clair Mowbray who leads the overall direction of the college, Jackie will oversee the training provision for around 1,300 learners annually at the new £40 million educational institution, in preparation for the country’s future high speed rail infrastructure.  Learners will gain world-class skills at the college as they are taught across two new state-of-the-art campuses, in Birmingham and Doncaster.

With more than 30-years of experience working in further education, including substantial experience in senior positions within the sector, she will be focussed on steering the new employer-led college to success.

Ms Grubb began work as a lecturer and has since taken on a variety of senior roles including Director at Swindon College, and Deputy Principal at Basingstoke College of Technology.

As the UK needs at least 182,000 people with engineering skills each year until 2022, the National College for High Speed Rail is preparing to play a central role in addressing this nationwide shortage.

College leavers will be eligible for a range of new positions after graduating, which will include high-tech engineering, management, design, and communications roles.

Speaking of her newly appointed position as Principal and Technical Training and Quality Director, Jackie said:

“With the college gearing up to launch this September and produce a new generation of highly skilled professionals who will lead Britain’s rail industry, this is a great time to join the team. I’m looking forward to building a new, diverse workforce for the rail sector and I’m absolutely committed to working with our growing network of employers to offer cutting edge technical and professional courses which produce the talented young people they need.

“The college is set to create a new generation of highly-proficient workers based across the country who will help make Britain’s infrastructure stronger.”

Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Jackie to the team as we prepare for the college’s first intake of students this September.  Jackie’s experience will be invaluable to the success of the college and in ensuring that our learners are equipped with the diverse set of skills they will need to contribute towards our country’s growing railway sector.”

With £500 million worth of investment in Britain’s infrastructure in the pipeline, graduates from the National College of High Speed Rail, will be ready to take on significant career opportunities.

The college is looking for applicants who want to join this technical revolution and has recently kicked off its latest campaign #doorsareopening which aims to attract future learners.

The two college campuses will each specialise in different disciplines with Doncaster focusing on rolling stock, track systems and power, and Birmingham on civil engineering, command, control and communications.