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Apprenticeships figures will be boosted during the construction of HS2
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Apprenticeships will be boosted during the construction of HS2

The number of jobs supported by HS2 is expected to reach 15,000 by 2020, which will include a healthy number of apprenticeships.

During peak construction, the number of jobs supported by this infrastructure scheme will hit 30,000, creating opportunities for businesses to upskill their workforce.

It comes as HS2 Ltd set out its programme of skills, employment and education that will ensure the British workforce has the requisite skills to deliver HS2 and be a leader in the construction of high speed rail throughout the world.

This will result in a new generation of engineers, designers, architects and geologists.

As a result of the programme, Hs2 Ltd say more than 7,000 roles are currently supported by the project, but with construction starting in 2019, there will be an acceleration of jobs on the project, throughout the country so that a healthy skills base is able to export around the world.

The number of apprenticeships currently supported by the project is in excess of 100, but over the lifetime of the project, 2,000 are expected.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Anne Milton, believes this offers “incredible opportunities.”

She said: “Apprenticeships offer incredible opportunities for young people. Everyone studying an apprenticeship with HS2 will be able to look back and say they played a role creating our country’s future.

“Not only that, the apprentices are also learning the skills that future employers are looking for, that’s what apprenticeships are all about.

“HS2 is creating 2,000 apprenticeships and is a fantastic example of a national project that is providing opportunities for everyone, whatever their background and wherever they come from.

“I look forward to meeting some of the apprentices that have been a part of making it happen.”

The government is committed to boosting apprenticeships in industries such as rail, and with HS2 on the horizon, this level will increase further, benefiting future generations.

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