Birmingham shortlisted for High Speed Rail College

Posted by lepadmin - June 13, 2014 - Newsroom, Transport - No Comments

Birmingham has been shortlisted by Government to host the National College for High Speed Rail which will train thousands of people in the skills necessary to deliver the HS2 project.

Steve Hollis - GBSLEP Deputy Chair.

Steve Hollis – GBSLEP Deputy Chair.

The bid prepared and submitted by the partners involved in the GBSLEP bid in April 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 were identified: Eastside Locks, Birmingham Science Park Aston, Riverside in Perry Barr and Jennens Road in Eastside.

GBSLEP Deputy Chair Steve Hollis said: “It is excellent news that our submissions to host the High Speed Rail College in Birmingham have been well received and we have been shortlisted by Government.

“We said at the time that we believe the case we presented for Birmingham in terms of sites, central location, networks to colleges and employers was a compelling one.

“The private sector-led partnership with the nine Greater Birmingham FE Colleges, universities and Birmingham City Council has, we believe, everything the Government requires to make this project work.

“Preparing for the arrival of HS2 is an important part of our Strategic Economic Plan and the college is a component of this.

“We look forward to working with Government on the next stage of the bid.”

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council.

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council.

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Birmingham is at the centre of the high-speed network and has strong academic credentials, including a world-class university, and would be the perfect home for a specialist engineering college.

“We are already working with HS2, the GBSLEP and colleges and universities to make sure the city and wider region benefits from the high speed line with job and training opportunities.

“This means having the right workforce with the right skills at the right time and ensuring we create opportunities for local companies and people, particularly from areas of the city with the highest levels of unemployment.”