Posted: 16th of August 2017 by Naomi Bourne

If you’ve just got your A-Level results but you’re not sure what your next move is, then clearing and university might not be the only alternative. The National College for High Speed Rail opens its doors in September, and offers a fast track to high-level skills and a career in rail engineering.

Our brand new, state-of-the-art campuses in Doncaster and Birmingham will offer courses developed directly with industry employers – and hands-on, practical experience with real life equipment, including two former Eurostar Class 373 trains that have been fitted out to include a virtual reality learning experience!

Among the courses we’ll be offering is a brand new Certificate of Higher Education in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure. This is a Level 4 course designed to be an introduction to the rail industry – giving you the basics you’ll need to go on and specialise in the years following.

While you study the Cert HE you’ll be mentored by an employer, spending a third of your time on a work placement. Work experience in real engineering environments will give you the perfect start to hit the ground running when you move on to a career in the industry.

The rail industry in the UK is only growing, with work on HS2 – the new high-speed link between London, the West Midlands and the North – scheduled to begin this year. But the UK currently has a shortfall in engineers and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) specialists of around 20,000 per year – so this is the perfect opportunity for young people to step up and become a new generation of highly employable engineers.

Our last remaining places for 2017 are still available – so there’s no better time to get onboard and see what the National College can do for you. We’re holding clearing events at our campuses in Doncaster (22nd August) and Birmingham (24th August); so if you’re still considering your options, then don’t waste any time – get in touch with us now and choose the smart alternative.



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