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 bbc.co.uk, 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
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.