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HS2 launch search for apprentices marking National Apprenticeship Week

HS2 Ltd celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2017 with search for apprentices to work on UK’s most advanced passenger railway.

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week is being celebrated by HS2 Ltd, as they hunt for the next generation of apprentices for the country’s much anticipated rail network, High Speed Rail Two.

The first route between the Midlands and London secured Royal Assent last month, meaning work can now begin on Britain’s new railway, which will create around 25,000 jobs during construction as well as 2,000 apprenticeships.

It will also support growth in the wider economy, worth an additional 100,000 jobs.

The apprenticeships provide individuals with the opportunity to develop skills in areas such as engineering and project management, being a vital part of the building of Europe’s largest infrastructure scheme.

HS2 will create more space on congested railways for passengers and freight, and improve connections between the biggest cities and regions.

The launch of the HS2 Ltd apprenticeship scheme comes as former apprentice and newly appointed CEO, Mark Thurston joins HS2 Ltd.

Commenting on HS2 Ltd’s apprenticeship scheme, Mark said: “My own career path demonstrates that apprenticeships can lead to a rewarding career, and I’m delighted that HS2 is playing its part in creating a talent pool for the future. Our commitment to creating 2,000 apprenticeships across the project will play a key role in the development of a highly-skilled workforce in the high speed rail industry.”

The apprenticeship scheme represents a commitment by HS2 to create life-long career opportunities from work experience and recognised qualifications. There are apprenticeship vacancies in project planning, project management, project controls and procurement. A total of 10 of the posts will be based at HS2 Ltd’s headquarters in Birmingham, with the remaining 6 positions based in London, with positions open to anyone looking for a new challenge.

To qualify, candidates must hold 5 GCSEs, including English and Maths.

All successful candidates will start in post from September 2017.

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