HS2 expands training programme, reaches 900th apprentice milestone
The construction partner working on the HS2 project, Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) has expanded the fast track job training programme that it introduced in an attempt to help local people in the areas in which they’re working begin a career.
Specifically aligned with business administration, information management, digital skills, coding, and document control, the training is being delivered through Birmingham’s Skills Academy with a vision to support people on developing skills and accreditation needed to progress into onsite works that support HS2’s construction within just two months of the programme.
Within this two month period, trainees will move onto a paid work trial with BBV, before progressing onto a permanent role if successful within the trial.
Julie Venn Morton, HS2’s Skills Manager for the West Midlands said: “Expanding the courses on offer at the Skills Academy will allow us to reach out to an even more diverse range of job seekers who are looking for a new career and the opportunity to work on HS2.
“The chance to retrain, gain new skills, and start earning a wage in just 6-8 weeks is a fantastic opportunity, and we hope this will be a stepping stone to help more people in the West Midlands launch their career on HS2.”
Shilpi Akbar, Head of Stakeholders and Communities at BBV added: “We’re looking forward to welcoming more local job seekers to our BBV Skills Academy in Birmingham, which now offers an expanded training programme including business administration, digital skills and coding.
“These skills are pivotal in the delivery of our HS2 programme, as we continue to equip local people with the right training so they can pursue a rewarding and varied career in construction.”
It comes as HS2’s latest reporting figures reveal it has hired its 900th apprentice in 20 months since full construction works began on first phase of the project. In fact, over 923 apprentices have gotten involved in the project as the company strives for a talent pool that will leave a lasting legacy for the UK and its other major infrastructure projects.
24-year-old Leon was the 900th apprentice who joined HS2’s construction partner, Mace Dragados JV, upon redundancy as an electric engineering apprentice during the pandemic.
Ambrose Quashie, HS2’s Skills Manager for Greater London, said: “Supporting local people who are out of work into employment is what this project is all about. The opportunity to earn and learn, whilst working alongside the very best in the industry, undoubtedly means [Leon] has a fantastic career ahead of him.”
Leon himself added: “It’s amazing to be part of the team building HS2 and transforming Euston into a new destination. Civil engineering allows you to embrace advances in technology and address the changing needs of the population. It’s a fantastic career and I can’t wait to get started on the digital engineering and design aspect of the job.”
Originally published in Design & Build UK