Within 18 months of operations, the National College for High Speed Rail has developed a ‘new vision’ to widen its remit from just trains to cars, buses and airplanes.
The National College for High Speed Rail has opened its doors in October 2017 with the colleges in Birmingham and Doncaster. It was set up to provide work experience and training to students aged 18 and above in all aspects of high-speed rail, specifically to support the HS2 project. Its first year intake was 150 students. In February 2019 the college said that it had ‘more than 230 learners have enrolled’ and was on track to reach its learner target of 396 by end of this academic year.
Its target is to enrol more than 1,000 students a year by October 2022. To hit this target it is looking to diversify its curriculum to teach the students of other transport disciplines.
“Our new vision is to modify our curriculum to provide higher technical skills for advanced transport and infrastructure sector,” the college said. “So in addition to the high speed rail and rail modernisation, it will also encompass the other types of rail, highways, transport infrastructure, smart mobility and infrastructure and digital transport systems.”
It added: “We realise our present name is not the best fit for us to be recognised for our new vision. At the start of new academic year, we are seeking to implement a name to reflect our wider offer.”
College is obliged to formally consult with stakeholders before it changes its name. The consultation closes on 29th May 2019