HS2 Ltd has announced that over 400 new apprenticeships have been welcomed onto the project.
HS2, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, officially moved from enabling works to full construction on Phase 1 between Birmingham and London in early September 2020 after the project officially received the green light some 8 years before.
At peak construction, HS2 will support more than 30,000 jobs with at least 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities created. A surge in the number of people taking up apprentice roles is expected in the next two years.
Kate Myers is HS2 Ltd’s head of skills, employment and education said:
“Apprenticeships with us, and companies within our supply chain, provide a fantastic start to working life or the opportunity for a complete career change, knowing that the ability to earn and learn is supported with a qualification. The scale and breadth of HS2 provides long-term career prospects and I’m delighted that many of those who joined as apprentices back in 2017 have successfully completed their course and gone on to secure full time employment on the project. It’s that long-term investment that we strive to offer that really makes a difference.”
Chris Sadler from Tamworth joined HS2 as a project management apprentice as a 19-year-old in 2017 and now has a permanent job as an assistant commercial manager in the land and property division. He said:
"Over the last three years I’ve been able to learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry across different areas of the business. The apprenticeship programme enabled me to work and learn simultaneously, and I’ve developed skills that have helped me to achieve results on one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Europe. Progressing from an apprentice to where I am today is a great achievement for me and really shows the opportunities HS2 has to offer."
Morson’s construction director Rhys Harris said:
“HS2 is definitely a big plus in the rail, civil infrastructure and construction sectors. The influx of new roles across design and construction is certainly a great tonic for our industry and helps to offer some stability to the market in the present climate. At Morson, we are proud to be supporting this project and its partners"