08–10 OCTOBER 2019 | NEC | BIRMINGHAM News
250 HS2 APPRENTICES ON TRACK FOR SUCCESS | Construction Buzz #207
HS2 Ltd is now recruiting new apprentices to help build the new high-speed railway.
The next generation of engineers, project managers, designers, architects and geologists are playing their part in the construction of the new high-speed railway, as the project is on course to create 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities.
And now, to coincide with National Apprentice Week (Monday 4 to Friday 8 March), HS2 Ltd has opened up a new wave of apprentice vacancies offering an exciting career working on Europe’s largest infrastructure project, to gain skills that can be used around the globe.
With over 7,000 jobs already supported by the project and with work well underway on scores of live sites up and down Phase One of the railway, there has never been a more exciting time to jump on board.
It has also been revealed that both HS2 Ltd and its early works contractors are exceeding targets for the number of apprentices employed on the project.
Both HS2 Ltd’s CEO, Mark Thurston, and Chair, Allan Cook, began their careers as apprentices, demonstrating how apprenticeships can create the foundations for a successful career.
Mark Thurston, Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd and former Transport for London apprentice, said: “Creating over 250 apprenticeship roles across the HS2 programme is a significant milestone and shows good progress to date between us and our supply chain. We are committed to equipping the next generation with the technical skills to not only help design and build HS2, but to leave a lasting skills legacy for the country.
“Having started my own career as an apprentice, I absolutely know how an apprenticeship plays a crucial role in your early career development and goes a long way to give you the right skills that future employers need. I am really impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of our apprentices and I look forward to seeing them, and all our apprentices in our supply chain, develop as the project progresses.”
HS2 is also attracting more women into the traditionally male-dominated construction and rail sectors. As this week also marks International Women’s Day, HS2 Ltd has stated that they are proud that many of the apprentices now working on the project are women.