• Training centre to create generation of world-class rail engineers
  • End user is National College High Speed Rail

  • Will produce thousands of workers for HS2
  • Willmott Dixon also built HS2 HQ in Birmingham
  • Company making Birmingham the centre of rail infrastructure

The National College for High Speed Rail will help the UK produce a generation of world-class High Speed rail engineers.

We've created two such colleges to equip engineers with skills for rail and other huge engineering projects - this one in Birmingham and the other in Doncaster.

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) in Birmingham was built simultaneously with a sister facility in Doncaster.

Both colleges will fill the engineering, design, planning, manufacturing and construction skills gap Britain faces as it invests billions of pounds in modernising our rail network and wider transport infrastructure.

Below: a real Eurostar train arrives at the Birmingham college

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Far reaching scope

These highly specialised colleges will contain workshops, classrooms, plus external teaching area containing railway tracks, masts and social space next to the canal. It will equip thousands with world-class technical skills required to build, operate and maintain a railway, including a strong emphasis on practical and virtual learning.

Birmingham's National College

Covering 61,350 sq ft, theBirmingham college’s ‘real work’ environment will make the UK one of the ‘engine rooms’ for rail infrastructure construction, attracting people from around the world.

Birmingham City Council worked in partnership with HS2 Ltd to set up the structure of the College and develop the curriculum. The location in Birmingham’s Learning Quarter will feed into the development of the HS2 high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham, including its terminal in nearby Curzon Street, and other future rail projects.

The first students arrive in September 2017!

See a fly-through of the new HS2 college in Birmingham

Applying for courses!

If you are interested in studying at either college, you can check out courses to apply for by visiting the college website.

Councillor John Clancy, leader of Birmingham City Council:

“Birmingham will become the city of a thousand and one trades when we begin training an elite generation of high speed rail engineers.”

Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive, National College for High Speed Rail:

“Willmott Dixon’s work on our Birmingham training campus has been impressive, with the project completed well within the build period that was initially discussed. This college will offer a state of the art learning space that is absolutely essential to ensure that the next generation of rail engineers are equipped with the right skills they need to deliver this key infrastructure project.”

Beth West, HS2 Ltd commercial director:

“The National College for High Speed Rail will help re-define what it means to be employed by the rail industry by attracting new people and providing the opportunity to create the diverse workforce that the industry aspires to. It is vital that we act now to ensure we have enough skilled people to build HS2 and the College will provide specialist vocational training for the next generation of engineers and apprentices.”


The new link will improve capacity across Britain’s rail network, shorten journey times between major cities and boost the economy. It will support up to 100,000 jobs nationwide, create around 25,000 jobs during construction of Phases One and Two and create 2,000 apprenticeships.

It will be open to a wide range of people including new entrants, existing workforce, students studying for a foundation degree in rail engineering, access students, mature entrants, higher apprentice rail engineering students, progression from L3 diploma rail engineering, continuous professional development and career changers.

Contact us


Chantry House, High Street, Coleshill, Birmingham

B46 3BP

01675 467666