Employment & Skills

Our commitment to developing skills and opportunities in the rail sector

High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL) has demonstrated its commitment to encouraging diversity and championing the development of training, skills and career opportunities in the rail sector by providing bursaries for three ‘Rail Leader Learners’ to attend the National College of High Speed Rail (NCHSR) and study for the Certificate of Higher Education in High Speed Rail and [ … ]

Ailie MacAdam from Bechtel talks about her career in engineering

Bechtel’s Ailie MacAdam, a former Director at High Speed Rail Industry Leaders, talks to Jim Al-Khalili on Radio 4’s Life Scientific about her career as an engineer. During her 30 years at Bechtel, Ailie has led on major UK and US infrastructure projects, in addition to oil, gas and chemicals projects in Europe and Africa. Ailie talks [ … ]

The New Wonder Woman for HS2!

As the only female student on my course at the National College of High Speed Rail (NCHSR), I have found breaking down stereotypes to be an integral part of my education. Engineering and rail are both industries overwhelmingly dominated by men, so as much as learning about high speed rail and railway infrastructure, I have [ … ]

The National College for High Speed Rail working with High Speed Rail Industry Leaders

The National College for High Speed Rail is the largest of five national colleges being created by Government to ensure British workers learn world class skills. The college has two campuses in Birmingham and Doncaster, with state-of-the art facilities such as virtual reality learning and a BIM cave in order to provide students with an [ … ]

Interview with Prof Felix Schmid, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE)

How does High Speed Rail differ from the conventional railway? High-speed railways share most, if not all, characteristics of conventional mainline railways, metros and even trams: They run on rails and are usually powered by electricity, they require structures and control systems, they are subject to variability in their environment and they must satisfy ever [ … ]

Building the right relationships within the supply chain

The redevelopment of London Bridge Station will meet growing transport needs by increasing both passenger and rail capacity at the station by 40 percent, taking passenger capacity from around 50 million to 75 million. High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL) held a focus group event here recently, inviting a number of senior representatives from SME’s locally [ … ]