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Secondary school pupils on track with HS2 workshops

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 among 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.

‘A project the size and scale of HS2 opens up an incredible array of jobs’

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

Working it out: Pupils at Hodge Hill College, Birmingham, taking part in the HS2 secondary school programme

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.

Jayesh Patel, a teacher at Hodge

Hill College, Birmingham said: “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.

Find out more at Star students to make recording debut

Six students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire will be making their debut recordings with classical record label Naxos Records. Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, principal of

the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, said that the recordings would be a major step in the careers of the musicians. The recordings will take place in the

Conservatoire’s own acoustically-acclaimed Bradshaw Hall for future release on Naxos, which specialises in classical music, but also releases Chinese music, jazz, world music and even early rock and roll. The students, all chosen for their exceptional musicianship, are pianists Daniel Lebhardt, Roman Kosyakov, Pascal Pascaleff, Andrey Ivanov and Domonkos Csabay together with violist Yue Yu. They will record music by composers such as

Liszt, Scarlatti and Schumann together with world premiere recordings of music by Holst, Britten and York Bowen. Professor Julian Lloyd Webber said: “I am

Making music (from left): Roman Kosyakov, Daniel Lebhardt, Pascal Pascaleff, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Principal Julian Lloyd Webber, violist Yue Yu, and pianists Domonkos Csabay and Andrey Ivanov

delighted that Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is able to offer our talented students this extraordinary opportunity to record for one of the world’s leading record labels at the very start of their careers. I am certain that they will make

the most of this unprecedented agreement.” Naxos president and founder Klaus Heymann

said: “Naxos is excited to begin this new relationship with the superbly gifted students of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.”


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