The finalists receive their award. (From L-R) Cathy Travers, Mott MacDonald regional general manager, Ainsworth Miller, Jordan Trimble, Kevin Kumbuckal, Bee Narga-Martin, Laurence Way, Mark Bhagwandeen and Dyan Crowther, CEO of High Speed 1.
After winning the regional trophy back in May, a team of Electrical Engineering students from South & City College achieved first place in the National Finals for interactive student engagement programme, Fast Trackers 2019.
The competition tasked electrical engineering students with redesigning Birmingham New Street station and improving the ‘onward journey’ for passengers travelling through the city.
The teams had to devise new strategies for the busiest rail hub outside London, which last year was used by 44 million passengers.
The finalists got the chance to learn more about HS2 from workshops and presentations at the newly opened High Speed Rail College in Birmingham.
The first day consisted of workshops and presentations at the High Speed Rail College, providing the students with an insight into HS2 and Mobility of Service as a whole.
The second day took place at The University of Birmingham and students spent time with volunteers, working on putting a proposition together to present to a panel of judges the next day.
The final day saw Dyan Crowther, CEO of High Speed 1, Anna-Jane Hunter, Director of North of England Rail & Network Rail, and Jen Ross, HR Manager for Europe and UK, Mott MacDonald judging their work and handing them the Gold Crest Award.
As a result, the students now have the opportunity of working with mentors from Network Rail and Mott MacDonald in the future as well as having interview practice.
Launched in 2018, the scheme was delivered by volunteers from Network Rail and Mott MacDonald, in collaboration with a consortium from the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) Higher Horizons +, Greater Manchester Higher and Future U.
Bee Narga-Martin, HE Outreach Advisor for South & CIty College said: "From the beginning our team were 'in it to win it'. It was amazing for the team to win the regional competition recently, so we are really excited and thrilled to have won the national competition.
The sponsors noticed the team's growth in confidence, since the regional heat, which was reflected in their presentation.
It is a fantastic accolade not only for the students that took part, but also a proud moment for South & CIty College. It really brought a tear to my eye."
For more information on the engineering courses available to study at South & City College Birmingham, visit: https://www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/engineering