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Firms building HS2 announce skills, jobs and training plans for London

Jamal Niaz morson news

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Network Rail recently announced that they have joined multiple construction firms in the building of HS2 to set out long-term plans to ensure that people living in seven London boroughs can benefit from the project. Labelled as the ‘Empowering Communities’ initiative, it aims to:

  • Create jobs and offer training for those that are unemployed or homeless
  • Work with residents to identify and support community projects
  • Help young people to develop new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and access apprenticeships
  • Build a sustainable legacy, continuing to benefit even after work is completed

Others that are also involved in the scheme include HS2 LTD and its contractors such as Costain, Skanska, STRABAG, Mace Dragados and Arup. With Network Rail now involved, this can help all partners better reach local communities in the seven boroughs along the London section of the HS2 route.

Speaking on the initiative, James Dean, Network Rail West Coast South route director, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with industry partners to create opportunities for people in the local area. Euston station sits in the heart of Camden, as well as serving tens of thousands of passengers a day we offer great jobs and training.

“We’re going to put significant people power behind this social legacy project. Everybody at Network Rail gets five days volunteer leave. I hope we can use those days to make a real difference”

Louise Dailly, chair of the Empowering Communities steering group and head of social sustainability, at Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture, said: “We’re delighted Network Rail has joined the Empowering Communities partnership.The programme brings together the strengths of the partner organisations and enables us to deliver more together than we could individually.

She continued:

“This collaborative approach will boost opportunities for local people and deliver long-lasting benefits in terms of tackling worklessness, homelessness and providing opportunities for local young people, businesses and community projects.”

The seven London boroughs who will benefit from the new scheme are: Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster.

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