Students can be fast-tracked into a career in high speed rail and transport - thanks to partnership

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Feb 2019

Students from Scunthorpe’s Engineering UTC North Lincolnshire can be fast-tracked into a career in high speed rail and transport infrastructure after a new partnership was agreed.

It has linked up with Doncaster’s National College for High Speed Rail, the largest of five national centres being created by the Government.

The new partnership means students will be given a tour of the college, assistance with the application form and an assessment on whether they could benefit from financial assistance towards their studies.

Marc Doyle, chief executive 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’s home to the best learning facilities and most advanced learning equipment in Great Britain.

“We recently held our staff training day at the college and were amazed by the equipment and the quality of the learning on offer.

“After creating deep and meaningful partnerships with local employers such as Phillips 66, Cristal, Jacobs and British Steel we’re delighted about creating exciting new pathways with education institutions like the National College for High Speed Rail and offering our students the opportunities to high-quality and highly-prized careers in high speed rail and learning their trade using the latest 21st century digital tech.”

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Features include augmented and virtual reality as well as access to replica equipment from the industry.

Last year every UTC student went on to work or further education, with record results celebrated.

Careers and education opportunities in engineering are become more and more sought after. Over the next five years it is estimated that businesses will need 182,000 new engineers every year. Right now, the country is falling short by 69,000 engineers a year. The rail industry in particular faces even further skills shortages, with one in five rail engineers currently aged over-55.

Britain’s move into high speed rail is set to create 25,000 new jobs; and careers in this industry are set to become increasingly sought after.

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The National College for High Speed Rail is the gateway for learners to gain the skills they need to take up a once-in-a-generation opportunity and work on one of Europe’s largest and most exciting infrastructure project as well as other forms of transport infrastructure.

The college, which has campuses in both Doncaster and Birmingham, launched the UK’s first ever Certificate of Higher Education in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University last year.

The college is now also running the Foundation Degree in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure and is looking to expand to offering the full BSc degree in 2019.

Chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, Clair Mowbray, said: “We’re very excited about this partnership because the Engineering UTC North Lincolnshire has proven itself to be an excellent institution which offers high-quality learning and outcomes for its students.

“The future is very bright for students looking to start a career in high speed rail and infrastructure as Britain currently has a record £600 billion of infrastructure projects in the pipeline.

“As an organisation we’re dedicated to providing a world-class learning environment so British learners can take advantage of these outstanding career opportunities.”



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