Teenagers interested in finding out more about career opportunities in the engineering and rail industry are invited to attend an open evening in Doncaster next week backed by employers.

UTC Sheffield and the National College for High Speed Rail are running a joint event on Tuesday August 7th for young people, aged 16, who are going onto Year 12 this September, and their parents.

Visitors will be able to get up close to a Eurostar Power Car, try their hand at virtual reality learning technology, meet employers and lecturers, tour the National College’s facilities and find out about rail industry careers as well as the qualifications needed to succeed.

Staff and students from both the National College for High Speed Rail and UTC Sheffield will be on hand to talk through the courses and support available, how and when to apply, and to answer any questions. Employers including Hitachi Rail Europe and Eiffage Kier JV will also attend.

Alex Reynolds, Principal, UTC Sheffield City Centre campus, said: “Engineering employers are crying out for talented young people with the high level creative, technical and problem solving skills and academic knowledge that they need to boost business growth and employment.”

He added: “We are delighted to work with the National College for High Speed Rail on this event, which will showcase the opportunities within the rail industry to young people across Sheffield City Region. They’ll find out how the engineering courses offered at UTC Sheffield, which involve working with industry experts and focusing on technical excellence as well as academic success, prepare students with the right qualifications to go onto the National College at the age of 18.”

The event takes place on Tuesday August 7 from 4pm to 6pm at the new National College for High Speed Rail campus on Carolina Way in Doncaster. To book your free place, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/get-a-head-start-in-the-rail-sector-post-16-opportunities-tickets-48235277012

The rail sector is set for major expansion in South Yorkshire with the planned High Speed Two (HS2) rail network, which is set to connect London to Scotland. The National College for High Speed Rail has been set up to provide training and work experience to learners aged 18 and above in all aspects of what makes a modern railway. UTC Sheffield provides a pathway for those interested in careers in the rail sector, offering engineering courses starting in Year 9, Year 10 or Year 12.

Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, said: “Those looking to take their first step towards an apprenticeship or to get their foot in the door of the engineering, transport and infrastructure industries, can greatly benefit from taking a technical course which provides practical, hands-on experience.”

She added: “As an employer-led college we have created the Certificate for Higher Education in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure in conjunction with our employer partners to ensure that learners are ‘apprenticeship-ready’ with an excellent grounding in the industry that puts them in pole position for an apprenticeship as well as other routes into working with some of the best employers in the industry.”

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the college in partnership with UTC Sheffield this month. Whether you think a career in engineering and infrastructure would be for you, or you’re currently uncertain, we would encourage you to attend and find out more about our unique offer.”

Neil Wilcock, Employment, Skills and Inclusion Coordinator, Eiffage Kier JV, said: “Supporting the training of the next generation, by working with education providers, is very important to us to ensure that we get the technical skills our sector needs and to contribute to employment opportunities for young people.”

Some Year 12 places are still available at UTC Sheffield City Centre campus on Matilda Street starting this September. For more information on how to apply, visit www.utcsheffield.org.uk.