Building a high-flying career
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/