HS2 college will create 2,000 apprentices

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The controversial HS2 rail project has reached another milestone after the government announced where its National College for High Speed Rail will be based.

According to the government, the college, located in Birmingham and Doncaster, ‘will provide specialist vocational training to the next generation of engineers working on the High Speed 2 project and beyond’.

It said as many as 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities will be created by HS2, and there will be around 25,000 people employed during construction.

The government has previously said there will be ‘no shortage of jobs along the route’, which cuts through Aylesbury Vale, while an infrastructure maintenance depot will also be built at Calvert.

The cost of the college, which will open in 2017, has not yet been calculated.

It is planned that a network of other providers will also feed into the college as part of a ‘hub and spoke’ model.

Aylesbury College told the Herald it was not interested in joining this network.

A spokesman said: “Rail engineering is not part of Aylesbury College’s expertise or educational offer and we recognise that there are other FE colleges with the expertise and experience who are better placed to provide this provision.”