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HS2 training bid by college consortium from West Midlands

2 March 2014 Last updated at 12:59 GMT

A consortium of colleges from Birmingham, Staffordshire and Worcestershire will bid to train skilled workers for the HS2 rail line.

Ministers announced in January plans for a dedicated further education college to train staff for HS2.

The nine colleges in the consortium want it to be sited alongside a planned HS2 maintenance depot on the former LGV plant in Washwood Heath.

This would be England's first new further education college for 20 years. Kathryn Stansczyszyn reports.