Birmingham pupils get high-speed lessons

HS2 encourages the next generation of engineers.

Secondary school pupils in Birmingham are finding out how they could be part of the team delivering Britain’s brand new high speed railway – HS2.

Schools in and around the city are amongst the first to take part in a programme of innovative workshops aimed at inspiring the next generation to meet the UK’s growing engineering skills gap.

HS2 Ltd’s education ambassadors are working with pupils ahead of the choices they will make over whether college, work or university is the right path to take, knowing that today’s teenagers are the ones that could be driving the high-speed trains of the future, or helping to deliver HS2 as it extends from the Midlands to the North.

Pupils attend a HS2 secondary education workshop programme at Hodge Hill College

Kate Myers, HS2 Ltd’s Head of Skills, Employment and Education said: “A project the size and scale of HS2 opens up an incredible array of jobs and opportunities and it’s important that young people in the local area understand how they can get involved, ahead of making critical choices about their future.

“HS2 is much more than just a railway and offers career pathways in a whole range of fields from archaeology and geology to engineering and the environment.

“We have a responsibility to ensure that young people understand how they can get involved in this transformational project, whether through work experience, apprenticeship opportunities or understanding the qualifications they will need to set them on the path for an amazing career in the future.”

Secondary schools and colleges in Hodge Hill, Aston, Erdington, Saltley, Alum Rock and Small Heath have all taken part in the curriculum-linked workshops, which allow pupils to explore a whole range of topics, from the challenges of constructing major infrastructure components, like viaducts and tunnels, to designing new railway stations capable of meeting the demands of modern day passengers.

The STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) workshops help pupils to identify their strengths and skillsets and understand how they align to the jobs and career opportunities which HS2 is creating now and into the 2030s.

Stefanie Kettle, a teacher at St Paul’s Girls School, Birmingham said: “The HS2 workshop was brilliant and really engaged all the students. We would love to do it again, it’s one of the best workshops we’ve had!”

Jayesh Patel, a teacher at Hodge Hill College, Birmingham added: “Thank you for organising the workshop, the girls got an awful lot out of it and I hope we can work together again soon.”

Over 30,000 people will play a role in delivering Britain’s new high speed railway, and HS2 is investing in young people now to leave a lasting legacy for the future.