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ICE backs plan to open High Speed 2 skills college in three years time

The ICE has welcomed government plans to open a High Speed 2 (HS2) college in 2017.

Plans to set up the HS2 College were first announced in January. Its aim is to provide the skills and training for the new high speed link between London and the North.

Last week prime minister David Cameron announced the facility would open in 2017 and train 2,000 apprentices. It will be based partly in Doncaster and partly in Birmingham.

Cameron was addressing construction and engineering apprentices at the £750M redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station.

ICE director general, Nick Baveystock, welcomed the “forward thinking approach” to skills.

“If we want world class infrastructure, we must take steps to ensure we have a world class workforce to deliver it.

“This college is exactly the sort of forward thinking on our skills and capabilities that we need to see, running alongside the future infrastructure project pipeline.

“The commitment to train 2,000 apprentices at the college is also excellent news - providing young people with the chance to learn a rewarding trade and get on the path to achieving the recognised “EngTech” status, and providing the UK with a pool of talent not only for the delivery of HS2, but for projects beyond HS2.”

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