Council to vote on rail college campaign

Council to vote on rail college campaign

Council to vote on rail college campaign

First published in News
Last updated

COUNCILLORS will tonight vote on whether to support a new rail college which will bring thousands of new apprenticeships to York.

The High Speed Rail College would bring up to 2,000 apprenticeships to the city if York's bid - made with the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership - is successful.

The Press, City of York Council, Network Rail and the National Railway Museum are backing the bid to bring the new college to York Central, and train employees and engineers for the High Speed 2 railway line and other future projects.

A report submitted to the council acknowledges the support of The Press, and said there is also support from businesses and local authorities across the region, including Tata Steel, Henry Williams and Darlington Borough Council, and also quotes support for the project with input from Trevor Burton, head of Millthorpe School.

Mr Burton said: “It will mean many opportunities for the young people of York to join the nation’s push for future prosperity and bring jobs and wealth to our city.”

Adam Sinclair, chairman of City Team York said: “Anything that anchors the rail industry and its associated skills employment and future in the City of York has my unqualified backing and that of City Team York. It will also deliver focus and inspiration to thousands of young people in the coming years.”

The report asks members to consider supporting the bid, and to "delegate authority for the finalisation and submission of a response to officers, working with Network Rail as the landowners", because "it supports the potential creation of jobs and growth of one of the city’s key economic sectors".

Bidding for the new location ends next Wednesday (APR 30), and the location is expected to be announced this summer, before opening in 2017.

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:55am Wed 23 Apr 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Is their any possibility they'd vote "No"?

Sounds as useful as a Syrian Presidential vote to me!
Is their any possibility they'd vote "No"? Sounds as useful as a Syrian Presidential vote to me! Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 2

10:49am Wed 23 Apr 14

Dave Ruddock says...

lost Tain sheds, Carriage works and College, where could they (whoever) build this site, the teardrop behind the station?? ,
lost Tain sheds, Carriage works and College, where could they (whoever) build this site, the teardrop behind the station?? , Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 2

12:58pm Wed 23 Apr 14

piaggio1 says...

Anchors the rail industry ???
Well the council:/mp of the timedint do much when the carrigeworks closed.
And most of the new stuff is german. Ie seimans
Only in britain ..
And a very happy st Georges day to you all.
Anchors the rail industry ??? Well the council:/mp of the timedint do much when the carrigeworks closed. And most of the new stuff is german. Ie seimans Only in britain .. And a very happy st Georges day to you all. piaggio1
  • Score: 0

1:40pm Wed 23 Apr 14

YorkPatrol says...

I'm surprised this council aren’t trying to close rail lines to get everyone onto their bikes
I'm surprised this council aren’t trying to close rail lines to get everyone onto their bikes YorkPatrol
  • Score: -13

5:12pm Wed 23 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Is their any possibility they'd vote "No"?

Sounds as useful as a Syrian Presidential vote to me!
Assad, Alexander, where's the difference???
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: Is their any possibility they'd vote "No"? Sounds as useful as a Syrian Presidential vote to me![/p][/quote]Assad, Alexander, where's the difference??? andy fowler
  • Score: -16

5:55pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

andy fowler wrote:
Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Is their any possibility they'd vote "No"?

Sounds as useful as a Syrian Presidential vote to me!
Assad, Alexander, where's the difference???
One's a dictator who listens to no-one whilst he affects the lives of thousands of his people with his bullying, crackpot schemes, ruinous economy and broken promises whilst the other... can't speak English.
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: Is their any possibility they'd vote "No"? Sounds as useful as a Syrian Presidential vote to me![/p][/quote]Assad, Alexander, where's the difference???[/p][/quote]One's a dictator who listens to no-one whilst he affects the lives of thousands of his people with his bullying, crackpot schemes, ruinous economy and broken promises whilst the other... can't speak English. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: -12

6:39pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Lash44 says...

Having been part of Network Rail's Apprenticeship scheme, I can say first hand how excellent such schemes are. The scheme currently recruits 240 apprentices annually with many thousands of people applying ever year. Unfortunately nhe number of recruits is limited by the current training schools accommodation capacity (they currently utilise a series of buildings on part of a Naval base). Apprenticeships are limited to the companies core disciplines because of this.

A purpose built academy offering apprenticeships and other vocational training is excellent, and particularly apt for a city where Network Rail is a major employer, along with other railway and engineering companies. With passenger numbers rising drastically and significant investment in infrastructure, it is certainly an industry which many more young people should be encouraged to look at.

I would recommend that as many people as possible support this fantastic idea!
Having been part of Network Rail's Apprenticeship scheme, I can say first hand how excellent such schemes are. The scheme currently recruits 240 apprentices annually with many thousands of people applying ever year. Unfortunately nhe number of recruits is limited by the current training schools accommodation capacity (they currently utilise a series of buildings on part of a Naval base). Apprenticeships are limited to the companies core disciplines because of this. A purpose built academy offering apprenticeships and other vocational training is excellent, and particularly apt for a city where Network Rail is a major employer, along with other railway and engineering companies. With passenger numbers rising drastically and significant investment in infrastructure, it is certainly an industry which many more young people should be encouraged to look at. I would recommend that as many people as possible support this fantastic idea! Lash44
  • Score: 5

8:40pm Wed 23 Apr 14

piaggio1 says...

I also supose most people in germany/france/italy
.support this idea.cos thats wbere most of the railway engineering is coming from.after past idiot so called politicians ruined our great rail industry.
I also supose most people in germany/france/italy .support this idea.cos thats wbere most of the railway engineering is coming from.after past idiot so called politicians ruined our great rail industry. piaggio1
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree