HS2 SKILLS COLLEGE “A CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS A SERVICE WHICH WILL BYPASS AREAS IN MOST NEED OF SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.”

Responding to news of plans to develop an “HS2 skills college”, Richard Houghton, a Director for HS2AA, said:

 

“The over-riding irony of setting up a college aimed at teaching HS2-relevant skills – details of which are scant – is that it will be a contribution towards creating a service which will bypass precisely the areas in most need of access to education and skills development, and will draw local talent away to areas of which will benefit specifically from an HS2 terminal.

 

“For instance, look at the Coventrys and Stoke-on-Trents: the last thing they need is further talent drain. If there’s no local talent, then there is no need for enhanced local education and skills development, and the economies will crumble around them because there is a dearth of skilled workers.

 

“HS2 would not stop at such places, so as well as drawing away local talent, it will also draw away local business. HS2 would damage those areas in favour of creating wealthier hubs, and where the wealth is there will be higher quality education and training facilities.

 

“HS2 is a pointless and expensive vanity project, and its backers and supporters are generating ill-thought-through ideas which could be very dangerous to both the morale and economy of those areas who might see the gravy train flying by at 250mph, delivering more wealth and business to London.”