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National College for High Speed Rail opens its doors in Birmingham

The Birmingham campus of the National College for High Speed Rail has been officially unveiled by Paul Maynard MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rail, Accessibility and HS2, making it the largest of five new national colleges created by the Government to ensure British workers can learn world-class skills. Alongside a second campus in Doncaster which opened on Monday October 9, the new college will welcome 150 students across both sites in the 2017-18 academic year. At full capacity, the college can cater for 1,200 students a year. It has been equipped with the very latest in cutting-edge technology, including virtual reality training on board a Eurostar power car, an augmented reality classroom, and a dedicated BIM (building information modelling) cave.

Trimble donated several sets of equipment to both the Birmingham and Doncaster campus’s. We will assist the college lecturers and students throughout the educational year on a wide variety of subjects within the realms of Geospatial, Survey and Construction. In both colleges Trimble has their own meeting room allowing for lectures to be carried out focusing on well defined track installation work flows, earthworks computations and BIM Infra discussions. At the Doncaster campus, we will be able to train the students on track surveying, slab-track setting out, tamping and clearance reporting.

The college is dedicated to solving the engineering, design, planning, manufacturing and construction skills gap that Britain faces as it looks to invest billions of pounds in modernising Britain’s rail network and wider transport infrastructure.

October 2017