NCHSR Taster Sessions

HS2 will create 25,000 jobs at it’s peak and taking this in mind, it’s more important than ever to promote the innovative skills that the National College for High Speed rail are encouraging young people to study in order to stem the potential skills gap.

The National College for High Speed Rail is the largest of five national employer-led colleges created by the Government to help British students develop world class-skills. The college is a state-of-the-art training facility built on two new campuses in Birmingham and Doncaster and has been funded by The UK Government, The department of Business, Innovation and Skills, The Department for Education, The Department for Transport, The Skills Funding Agency, HS2, Birmingham City Council, Doncaster Council, Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, Sheffield City Region LEP, West Midlands Combined Authority and The Midlands Engine. For further info please visit:

The learner experiences

The learning experience at the National College for High Speed Rail is like no other on offer in Britain and as the first dedicated High-Speed Rail college, learners engage and interact with mentors using 4k touchscreen whiteboards, virtual and augmented reality headsets and other digital learning aids. With the ability to learn in a real work environment on a former Eurostar power car and dedicated workshop consisting of rail track, railway bogies and overhead land equipment, leaners can combine traditional learning with the very latest digital technologies.

Taster events and sessions

In order to maximise impact on the sixth form and college leavers’, there will be greater emphasis on running taster events throughout the year. The College has appointed Learn by Design to recruit and run these at the Doncaster and Birmingham Campuses. In total, 12 events are planned to take place from November to April.

Dates for sessions are as follows:

Monday 12 November – Y12/Y13 taster – Birmingham
Tuesday 13 November – Y12/Y13 taster – Birmingham
Wednesday 14 November – Y12/Y13 taster – Doncaster
Wednesday 28 November – Y12/Y13 taster – Doncaster
Thursday 29 November – Y12/Y13 taster – Birmingham

Tuesday 4 December – Y12/Y13 taster – Birmingham
Thursday 6 December – Y12/Y13 taster – Doncaster
Tuesday 11 December – Y12/Y13 taster – Doncaster

Wednesday 30 January – Y12/Y13 taster – Birmingham
Thursday 31 January – Y12/Y13 taster – Doncaster

Tuesday 9 April – Y12/Y13 taster – Birmingham
Wednesday 10 April – Y12/Y13 taster – Doncaster

How to book:
Once you have selected your chosen date please register your booking using the below eventbrite links:

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14th Nov: Doncaster:

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For further information and booking, please contact Michelle Lewis: 07825613878 or

The best facilities for learning and training anywhere in the country

The college offers a range of courses, apprenticeships and professionally accredited programmes, all developed with industry employers and specialists, and taught by the best in the business. Whatever your interest, your curriculum has been designed to set new standards in technical training. It will also give you the exact skills and real-world project experience you need to be in a prime position to start work when you finish your course.

You’ll build your core skills with introductory units on rail, engineering and management. Then you pick your specialist subject, like digital railway systems, or track engineering, and train in the technologies of the future.

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