GBSLEP submits High Speed Rail College proposal
The College would become a national centre for skills training for the H2 network and the bid prepared by the partners involved in the GBSLEP bid would seek to create a global centre to provide the skills development for high speed projects around the world.
Led by a private sector steering group, the bid also has support from a network of almost 60 businesses involved in rail and construction.
Alongside Birmingham City Council, it also harnesses the talents and resources of the nine FE colleges involved in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull FE Consortium and the LEP’s three universities.
If successful, the bid will see the college work with other skills providers and employers around the country to ensure the best training available.
The proposal also has the support of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.
A total of four sites have been identified: Eastside Locks, Birmingham Science Park Aston, Riverside in Perry Barr and Jennens Road in Eastside.
Steve Hollis, Deputy Chairman of the GBSLEP, said: “We believe our proposition is a compelling one, delivering for Government an elite educational establishment, at the heart of the HS2 route.
“Our proposals are built on solid foundations – shaped by key private sector employers and supported by strong local authority, educational and skills networks.
“We have submitted four site options to the Government, each located in or near the city centre and each with particular strengths which we feel will suit the objectives of Government.
“We know that HS2 will have a huge economic impact on Greater Birmingham – our aim is to maximise this, make the most of the Government’s investment in the project and rebalance the economy.”
It is expected the successful bidder will deliver a college by 2017 with the first construction phases of the HS2 route to begin the same year and completion of the route between Birmingham and London to be ready by 2026.