2014 - November 2014

New High Speed Rail College for Doncaster – 18/11/14

High Speed Rail College

Simon Carr, Managing Director of Henry Boot Construction, incoming chair of the National Federation of Builders and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board member recently added his voice to growing support for the national Sheffield City Region High Speed Rail College Bid. Last month at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham the Prime Minister announced a new training college that would be split between Doncaster and Birmingham.

The college will be one of the first big investments made by Government in the HS2 project north of Birmingham. It is supported by over 200 businesses and individuals including world leading engineering companies such as Siemens, Hitachi, TATA, 10 Chambers of Commerce and 20 Local Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships from across the North.  

The Doncaster region has a well-established history in the rail sector including visionary rail engineer Sir Nigel Gresley who designed, built and maintained high speed engines in the town such as the famous Flying Scotsman. The town is now home to over 200 companies including DB Schenker, Volker Rail and Hitachi and supports over 6000 employees in the rail sector.

The college will provide new opportunities for future engineers from the surrounding area including allowing school leavers the chance to gain high level engineering skills and opportunities to work with the regions university sector including the Faculty of Engineering, Rail Technology Innovation Centre, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Sheffield University and Leeds College of Building.

The National College for High Speed Rail is due to open in 2017 at its Lakeside Campus, in Doncaster and was chosen by the Government over other sites in the UK due to its “excellent links to established rail industry business”.  Sheffield City Region’s long term goal for Doncaster and the college is to become an International centre for rail engineering excellence.

 “As Managing Director of Henry Boot Construction, it is my job to keep track of changes in the industry to make sure that my business has the skills it needs to keep pace. Since starting work at Henry Boot Construction over 25 years ago I have rarely seen a project with so much potential for the construction industry in the North. In its second phase of delivery, the HS2 project is forecast to bring thousands of new jobs and boost local economies by billions. To be part of the future HS2 supply chain businesses will need to have raw engineering expertise to meet the needs of this £42bn project.
However, at the moment there is a gap between the engineering skills people have in the UK, and the skills that this massive project will need. The skills gap is clear. This is why this new college, dedicated to developing tomorrow’s rail engineering workforce is so important.”

Simon Carr, Managing Director, Henry Boot Construction Limited

For more information contact:

Steve Allen
Business Development Manager
sallen@henryboot.co.uk