Build­ing a high-fly­ing ca­reer

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By ENDA MULLEN News re­porter enda.mullen@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

IT’S full steam ahead for HS2 and Coven­try young­sters with an ap­ti­tude for en­gi­neer­ing are be­ing of­fered a help­ing hand to build a high-fly­ing ca­reer on the back of it.

The Na­tional Col­lege for High Speed Rail will open its doors in Birm­ing­ham on Monday, Oc­to­ber 16, and a spe­cial bur­sary scheme is of­fer­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port to some en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents who ful­fil cer­tain cri­te­ria.

Un­der-rep­re­sented and dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents in Coven­try and War­wick­shire are be­ing of­fered sup­port to help cover study costs and places are still up for grabs to start im­me­di­ately or in Jan­uary 2018.

The scheme is par­tic­u­larly en­cour­ag­ing young women, those from mi­nor­ity eth­nic back­grounds and peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties to ap­ply.

The fund­ing avail­able equates to 15 full-fee bur­saries and is part of a scheme aimed at tack­ling the lack of di­ver­sity in the in­dus­try.

HS2 will link Lon­don, Birm­ing­ham, the East Mid­lands, Leeds and Manch­ester, and will be the sec­ond high-speed rail line in Bri­tain, after HS1 which con­nects Lon­don to the Chan­nel Tun­nel.

The Na­tional Col­lege for High Speed Rail is the largest of five na­tional col­leges cre­ated by the Gov­ern­ment to en­sure Bri­tish work­ers learn world class skills.

With a skills short­age of around 69,000 en­gi­neers a year in the UK, and one in five rail en­gi­neers cur­rently aged over 55, the col­lege is look­ing to at­tract a wide pool of tal­ent to im­prove di­ver­sity in the in­dus­try.

From its new Lis­ter Street cam­pus, the col­lege is of­fer­ing the chance to study for a Cer­tifi­cate of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion in High Speed Rail and In­fras­truc­ture (Cert HE).

This is a Level 4 qual­i­fi­ca­tion pro­vid­ing an in­tro­duc­tion to the high speed rail sec­tor and in­tended to set par­tic­i­pants up for study­ing a Higher Tech­ni­cal Diploma or foun­da­tion de­gree.

For in­di­vid­u­als whose fi­nances may be a bar­rier to learn­ing, ei­ther in terms of tu­ition fees, or main­te­nance costs whilst study­ing, sup­port is avail­able in the form of the newlyan­nounced bur­sary scheme.

The col­lege’s fees may also be eli­gi­ble for stu­dent loans.

The col­lege’s bur­sary scheme has been set up with sup­port from the Depart­ment for Trans­port and the High Speed and the Rail In­dus­try Lead­ers (HSRIL) group.

The col­lege is wel­com­ing its first in­take of around 150 stu­dents to its Birm­ing­ham and Don­caster cam­puses over the course of the 2017-18 aca­demic year and there are still some places avail­able for cour­ses be­gin­ning in Oc­to­ber, as well as for a fur­ther in­take in Jan­uary 2018.

Clair Mow­bray, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Na­tional Col­lege for High Speed Rail, said: “With more than £500 bil­lion of na­tional in­fras­truc­ture projects in Bri­tain’s plan­ning pipe­line – in­clud­ing HS2 – this is a per­fect time to be­gin learn­ing the skills that our in­dus­try part­ners will re­quire in the com­ing years and decades.

“We’re ex­cited to wel­come our first in­take of learn­ers and keen that those who join us over the course of the year, no mat­ter what their back­ground, are equipped with the sup­port they need to seize this once-ina-life­time op­por­tu­nity.”

The col­lege is also of­fer­ing a small num­ber of spon­sor­ships for fe­male ap­pli­cants who have per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well in level 2 and 3 qual­i­fi­ca­tions, or who have per­formed to a high stan­dard in the work­place.

To find out more about the bur­sary scheme and how to ap­ply, go to http://www.nchsr.ac.uk/learn­ers/ fees-and-fund­ing/

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