With construction on track and a new CEO, NCHSR is visited by Secretary of State



The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, visited the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) in Birmingham today (5th October) to oversee completion of the site’s flat roof structure – a major construction milestone in the college’s ambitious development plans.

Mr Grayling joined the National College of High Speed Rail’s Chairman, Terry Morgan, and new CEO, Clair Mowbray, to oversee the milestone of the £22m facility’s development which is being built on the banks of the Birmingham Canal.

The NCHSR, which comprises of sites in Birmingham and Doncaster, is the largest of five new, national employer-led colleges being created by the Government to help British students develop world class skills. As an employer led college the NCHSR is developing its curriculum and lessons in conjunction with employers. This will ensure students receive the necessary work experience and skills training to take advantage of the new opportunities and roles which will be created in the evolving UK High Speed Rail Industry.

The construction milestone falls in the week that Clair Mowbray officially starts her new role as CEO for the National College of High Speed Rail. With 20 years’ experience working across the private and public sectors, Clair has been promoted to Chief Executive from her former position as Business Director, where she previously took responsibility for overseeing the establishment of the College, shaping the curriculum and the essential liaison with businesses and employers.

Terry Morgan, Chair of the National College for High Speed Rail, said: “The National College for High Speed Rail will offer students a pathway to grab a once-in-a-generation opportunity to work in a exciting new industry.

“We are passionate about creating a state-of-the-art, employer-led college which will provide students with the skills they need to enjoy an exciting and well-paid career while providing employers with the highly-skilled workforce they need to deliver High Speed Rail in the UK and other major infrastructure projects.”

“I’m extremely pleased to appoint Clair as the new Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail. Her commitment and passion for education and strategic development will be vital as we move closer to opening the College in September 2017.”

The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, said: “The UK is highly regarded for its engineering capabilities and has a proud history of creating some of the world’s greatest infrastructure.  However, with Britain now poised for investment in many major infrastructure projects which includes the evolution of the UK high speed rail industry, we need to do more to create the next generation of infrastructure innovators. The National College for High Speed Rail is a pioneering institution of learning which will become part of the solution, offering young people the chance to begin an exciting life-long career in high speed rail and infrastructure.”