HS2 celebrates the cornerstone of more than 900 apprentices working on the British high-speed rail.

In just 20 months of full construction work, the project is on track to reach its target of 2,000 apprentices under the program.

Some 923 apprentices have seen HS2 invest in their careers as the project seeks to create a pool of talent that will stimulate the UK’s major infrastructure projects of the future and leave a lasting legacy of skills.

2000 new jobs

Meanwhile, the project’s workforce has already increased by more than 2,000 in the last quarter, with the construction of the new British railway now supporting a record 24,800 jobs.

This rapid increase in workers reflects the project’s rapid momentum in the new calendar year, with construction underway at more than 300 sites between the West Midlands and London, and a bill submitted to parliament to expand the high-speed network north to Manchester.

Great year for HS2

Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd, said: “2022 is a huge year for HS2. Our growing workforce reflects the scale of the progress we are making in delivering the new British railway and supporting the government’s drive to reach zero, level the playing field and recover better from the pandemic. As all three phases of the project are underway and two decades of construction work are still ahead of us, the scale of opportunities for individuals and businesses at HS2 in the UK continues to grow. “

Growth of the supply chain

HS2’s supply chain saw continued to grow, with 76 new UK businesses securing contracts, bringing the total number of unique UK businesses involved in the supply chain to 2515. Small and medium-sized companies seeking stability and new job opportunities following the pandemic challenges were also among those benefiting, with 61% of the supply chain now represented by SMEs.

For more information on all the latest vacancies in HS2, visit hs2.org.uk/careers

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