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Students from Northolt and Hanwell SEND schools visit HS2’s Old Oak Common depot

Students from two Ealing SEND schools have spent a workplace day at HS2’s Old Oak Common depot to see for themselves how trains and transportation are used now and will be in the future. 

The day for the students with special educational needs and disabilities was hosted by train and transport company Alstom in association with HS2.

The students from Belvue High School in Northolt and St Ann’s School in Hanwell, visited the site’s operations room and were able to discover more about how the depot works.

They also had an opportunity to use a train simulation where they drove a Class 345 along a virtual Elizabeth line utilising the same controls as a real train.

According to Alstom, it was also an opportunity for the company to learn from the students.

Nina Atwal, skills, employment, education and diversity lead for the HS2 Project at Alstom said: “The students brought such excitement to our Old Oak Common depot, filling our corridors and meeting rooms full of joy.  Overall, working with HS2 and Ealing SEND Hub has had such a positive impact on students and our colleagues alike, and will now pave the way for future programmes.

Ms Atwal added: “This proves how collaboration with industry and community partners really does help change young people’s lives by enhancing their confidence and offering clear pathways to success as they consider their own careers.”

Ambrose Quashie, legacy manager, skills and employment at HS2 added: “This is the third project that we’ve run with Ealing SEND Hub and it only gets more rewarding. That is in large part down to partners, such as Alstom, who are able help to give the young people such wonderful experiences.”

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