Newham College leading on Rail and Infrastructure Engineering Careers

Newham College Deputy CEO Janet Gardner and Lloyd Davis, Curriculum Director hosted a round table industry event for Rail and Infrastructure employers at the College’s Stratford campus.

The meeting explored skills shortages and innovative partnerships to meet industry demand for a well-trained and high performing workforce and explored how Newham College engineering students could benefit from the construction of the new High Speed Two (HS2) railway.

Representatives from HS2 Ltd and its supply chain were in attendance along with key staff from the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure and Digital Skills Solutions.  HS2 will support the creation of 30,000 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships and the discussion centred on how rail is not just about tracks, but the environment surrounding it and the related employment opportunities that the HS2 programme will deliver.

Newham College is working with a network of providers to deliver high quality, technical education for the transport and infrastructure sector.  This includes the College working in partnership with the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure (NCATI) and is a member of the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR).   The College is the prime partner with Queen Mary University developing an Institute of Technology where local residents can access training and develop skills for the future that is due to open in 2021 at Albert Island.

The meeting was a major step forward in developing training and jobs that not only specifically prioritise local people but also develop new skills. Newham College’s commitment to the growing rail industry will help students be at the forefront of bridging skills shortages.

To find out more about Newham College’s Rail, aviation and motor vehicle engineering courses, visit https://www.newham.ac.uk/subject-area/engineering-technology-motor-vehicle-construction.html

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