The new employer-led National College of High Speed Rail, will provide higher apprentice schemes, to tackle the acute skills shortage the UK has in rail infrastructure. The three year apprenticeships offered will include; operations and departmental management, civil engineering, track systems and systems engineering.

Apprentices attending the college will benefit from receiving industry and employer-led training giving them knowledge of the latest skills and techniques, delivered at the colleges brand new state of the art campuses, in Birmingham and Doncaster. Both campuses will see up to 1,300 apprentices trained each year, gaining much needed transferrable skills in order to hit the ground running in rail infrastructure.

With the first phase of HS2’s major civil works due to be awarded in the coming months, in response, the college will be opening its doors to the first of its alumni in September of this year. Creating the next generation of high speed rail engineers, for the largest investment in UK railways since the Victoria age.

Nissar Mohammed, project director at Fusion, said: “To be one of the first organisations to sign up our apprentices is yet another milestone in Fusion’s high speed rail journey. The college’s ambition, to provide highly skilled people and close the skills gap through our supply chain will be a lifeline for the industry. Particularly if the UK is to remain competitive in a global high speed rail market.”

It is up to infrastructure businesses like ourselves and the supply chain to work with the college to develop the next generation of rail engineers, the first alumni, trained by the industry for the industry through the college.”

Pictured are Claire Mowbray, Chief Executive, of the NCHSR and Nissar Mohammed from Fusion.


On 17 May,  Fusion hosted a visit from ICE President, Tim Broyd and his team, for his recent presidential tour in the West Midlands.

The president, who was visiting the Midlands for two days, meet with several organisations, to learn more about some of the essential infrastructure projects currently underway.

Fusion proved to be no exception and hosting a session for their work within HS2, Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

The visit consisted of Fusion presentations from; Mike Robins, Project Director for Main Works, Louise Townsend, Head of Socio-Economic Impact and Mike Franklin, Lead Planner.

Along with an overview of Fusion and HS2, discussions covered the essential works being delivered for Area Central, (Fusion’s enabling works contract) and Fusion’s efforts towards upskilling suppliers and attracting new talent to the industry.

ICE thanked Fusion for the visit and welcomed future opportunities to be further engaged in the communications of this ground-breaking project.

Pictured from left to right; Mike Robins, Mark Franklin, Yvonne Aust – ICE West Midlands Chair, Professor Tim Broyd – President, Louise Townsend and Paul Chambers – President’s Apprentices.


On the 3 May HS2 and the three enabling works contractors hosted a meet the supplier event in Birmingham.

Held at The Vox, near the NEC, HS2 along with the three enabling work contractors, including Fusion, met with a staggering number of over 700 suppliers on the day.

Proceedings kicked off with a presentation from HS2’s commercial director, Beth West. Followed by presentations from the three enabling work contractors. Representing Fusion for Area Central, project director Nissar Mohammed, talked through Fusion’s values, our culture of collaboration and the track record of Fusions’ three partner companies.

Following the presentations, suppliers had the opportunity to take part in; 1-2-1 meeting opportunities, networking, visit the innovation hub and participate in BIM upskilling workshops.

For Fusion, the day was an opportunity to signpost suppliers to CompeteFor, a free service connecting businesses to the available HS2 procurement opportunities, and expand on the available opportunities and activities to be undertaken within area central.

Alan Harris, supply chain manager at Fusion, commented; “In total we had roughly 20 representatives from Fusion, so suppliers could reach someone from within the Fusion. We have a responsibility to understand the upskilling requirements of our supply chain, so we tailored our conversations around these requirements.

The coming months will inevitably be busy but we hope to signpost our suppliers to the correct procurement path and engage early on.”

Pictured are the speakers from HS2, Fusion, LM JV and CS JV