University of Birmingham: University of Birmingham and National College celebrate special collaboration in rail

Having joined the University of Birmingham family in April 2021, the new National College will be officially launched at its Birmingham and Doncaster campuses.

NCATI’s Principal, Ian Fitzpatrick, has invited business and academic leaders from across the rail and engineering sectors to come together to celebrate this collaboration, and to learn more about the College’s refreshed vision and ambitious plans for growth.

Speaking about the upcoming launch events, Ian said: ‘This will be a great opportunity to demonstrate what is truly ‘new’ about the National College, from the development of a hub and spoke model with key education partners across the UK, to a much broader curriculum – which for the first time will be opened up to 16-18 year-olds. These changes will enable us to better fulfil the needs of learners and employers within the sector – and have been made possible by drawing on the University’s internationally-recognised rail expertise.’

Heralding an unprecedented level of collaboration between a Russell Group higher education provider and a further education college, the launch events will focus on demonstrating new developments in the following areas:

Professor Tim Jones, Provost and Vice-Principal at the University of Birmingham, said: ‘We’re looking forward to working closely with the new College to support access to first class training, skills and opportunities to new generations of workers joining the rail and infrastructure industries. The University of Birmingham’s global reputation in railway research and education and its deep-rooted industry links offer extensive opportunities to address skills gaps and contribute to regional and national growth.”

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