Birmingham short-listed as home for HS2 college
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has today announced that Birmingham is one of four short-listed locations to be the home of the College of High Speed Rail. The new College ‘hub’ and a number of ‘spokes’ based across the country will provide training to the next generation of engineers working on the HS2 project and beyond.
Responding to the news, 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.”