New rail college a ‘world class facility’
The National College for High Speed Rail is a world class facility and an important part of a holistic approach to infrastructure, Sir Terry Morgan, the College Chair, told people at the launch of the College.
He said: “The infrastructure sector, particularly in rail, is getting a huge amount of investment. The challenge lies in providing the new skills and the new people it needs.
“The rail sector offers exciting careers as investors look for skills support.”
Education Minister Justine Greening told the audience of businesses, college personnel and apprentices that the College was special in focusing on quality and excellence. “It will bring out the best and brightest of the rail industry.”
And College Chief Executive Clair Mowbray added:
“Now we have learners we have a true heartbeat. They are pioneers, and they will become the future of the rail industry. We are ready to embrace the future!”
She thanked the Sheffield City Region LEP Board for helping to get the College underway (SCR contributed £6million through its infrastructure fund) and businesses which had contributed £8million in kind.
The guests then toured the iconic building and tried out equipment which will be used by the rail students: virtual and augmented reality headsets; a virtual ‘drive’ in the cab of the College’s mainstay Eurostar – affectionately dubbed #DonnyStar; and even a tour underneath Donny Star to see how trainees learn maintenance skills.