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HS2 Chairman speaks about new engineering college

7 Mar 14  | Engineering

Chairman of the high-speed rail project HS2, Sir David Higgins, has said that a new further education college will help tackle the problem of a lack of UK engineers.

According to, the currently unnamed college aims to train around 2,000 engineers, who will learn the skills necessary to construct the new railway. Sir Higgins noted that many firms tend to look overseas for engineers for such projects, so a new specialised college could help prevent this and support the national skill base.

Business secretary Vince Cable has also supported the idea, stating that a large-scale investment such as the HS2 calls for a investment in the "elite skills" needed to make it happen, reports

Transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, stated that the project is vital to create employment opportunities, particularly for young people.

"HS2 will not only help businesses expand, creating employment; it will also give young people opportunities to get new skills, get a job and a career, become more secure and get on in life," he explained. "When open, it is predicted that HS2 will underpin the delivery of 400,000 jobs."

The college is set to open in 2017 and the HS2 is estimated to be complete by 2026.
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