accelerateThe new National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham (right) and Doncaster is being established to address the skills needs of HS2 and to provide skills development opportunities to the wider rail sector.

It will be one of the first cornerstones established to address the skills shortage in the transport and infrastructure sector, ensuring that major infrastructure projects are not delayed, wages are not inflated and economic growth in the UK can continue.

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National College for High Speed Rail, established to address the skills needs of HS2

In its first five years, the National College for High Speed Rail is expected to train 3,682 learners who will become part of a workforce generating £386.7 million for the UK economy.

For the GBSLEP, which has invested £6 million alongside investment from Birmingham City Council, the college is part of a wider strategy to up-skill local people and delivering economic benefit for the region. This is a game-changing opportunity for thousands of talented young people across the region to access world-leading, cutting-edge rail technology on their doorsteps.

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Investment has also been made in other skills capital projects, which support our key growth sectors. Skills provision for the advanced manufacturing sector will be supported by funding allocated to Solihull College for an Aviation Engineering Training Centre and South and City College for a Motor Vehicle Training Centre and an Engineering Centre for Manufacturing Support.

£350,000 has also been approved to support the development of a new £1.5 million Engineering Centre of Excellence in Redditch, North Worcestershire, with Worcestershire LEP putting in an equal contribution. Match funding was provided by the Midlands Group Training Scheme. The new training facility will open in the autumn and train up to 200 young apprentice engineers over the next four years.

Another sector benefitting from support is Life Sciences, with a new facility being established by Solihull College with a contribution of £1.5 million from the LGF.

The Aviation Engineering Training Centre at Solihull College, supporting the skills provision for the advanced manufacturing sector