Skills forecasting to deliver HS2


Skills Forecasting to Deliver HS2

Jessica Tabinor Candidate Hub

Skills forecasting to deliver HS2
Morson held a roundtable debate with HS2 and key representatives from the supply chain to discuss how we future-proof the rail industry in line with HS2’s skills, employment and education targets. 

A key note presentation from Neil Roberston, chief executive of the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR), detailed the skills challenges for HS2, focusing on labour demands Vs supply and the economic, social and environmental factors that will impact delivery.

Tier 1 contractors around the table expressed major concerns regarding the future difficulties they will face in achieving their SEE outputs as the project reaches its peak stages. 

It was unanimously agreed that the skills gap is the biggest barrier to HS2 and whilst many of the supply chain partners are successfully achieving their SEE outputs at present, this would only become more difficult as the need for extra labour and more specialist skills increases in the coming years. 

Short term skills requirements that face immediate issues were cited as:

  • Ecologists

  • Land referencing

  • Signalling

  • Archaeologists


A combination of short, medium and long-term solutions are required to meet the skills forecast. Talent pipeline development and the sustainable creation of long-term skills solutions is a niche area of expertise for Morson International. However, we are also able to support immediate, short-term demands currently faced on the project. 

Whether it’s high volume recruitment or niche skillsets, Morson has a proven track record of effective workforce planning during major infrastructure schemes. We have the capabilities and expertise to assess the extent of any skills demand Vs supply mismatches in the UK labour market. 

Morson has a number of short-term solutions already available to meet the above skills requirements and bespoke recruitment methodologies and techniques that have been specifically tailored for HS2, contact for more information and support.