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Birmingham and Doncaster to share HS2 engineering college

Birmingham and Doncaster to share HS2 engineering college

🕔30.Sep 2014

Birmingham will share the new national HS2 engineering college with Doncaster.

The announcement was made today by David Cameron at the Conservative conference in Birmingham.

The college will train future engineers who will work on the high speed rail project and other national infrastructure schemes.

The Prime Minister said: “As a crucial part of our long-term economic plan, this government is backing business with better infrastructure so that more jobs and opportunities are created for hardworking people.

“The benefits of high-speed rail will not just be seen by those commuting between London and the North, but through the thousands of local jobs and apprenticeships created because of HS2.

“The opening of this National College will also ensure that we have a pool of locally-trained workers with the right skills to draw upon for future projects.”

Birmingham was shortlisted along with Derby, Doncaster and Manchester to host the college in June. Birmingham council and business leaders on the greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP campaigned to bring the college to the city.

The college will be based at Birmingham Science Park and at Doncaster’s Lakeside campus.

Birmingham city council leader Sir Albert Bore, 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.”

It is expected that the college will be open by 2017, when construction of HS2 will begin.

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