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17 Mar 2021

HS2 – more important than ever to invest in skills and training

HS2 – more important than ever to invest in skills and training

As one of the Government’s largest ever infrastructure projects, HS2 aims to deliver improved transport links across the country, as well as to support regional economic regeneration.

The project also provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to upskill the nation and build a workforce that is more diverse and resilient. While major construction works are taking place at a majority of HS2’s work sites, it is expected the project’s construction peak will support 30,000 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships.

With major infrastructure and construction projects set to become a vital lever in driving economic growth in the post-pandemic area, it is now more important than ever to champion career development and opportunities in the building sector to inspire young people and support their professional development. 

Concluding the ‘Skills Capability and Personal Development’ session, Ian Greenaway, chair of the HS2 Skills and Supply Chain Board, will provide an insight into the work being done to reach out to primary and secondary students, and help build their future employable skills, as part of his ‘How HS2 will drive future skills needs in the construction sector’ paper.

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