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HS2 Ltd organise BEM activity day

HS2 Ltd organised an activity day in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, on Wednesday 31st July 2019 for Black and Ethnic Minority (BEM) young people, in order to get them interested about the roles required and careers available through the construction of HS2.

The event, which took place at the Donut Creative Arts Studio (DCAS), was organised in partnership with the Derbyshire BEM Forum and included activities such as a quiz and the construction of model bridges which were then tested by laying a track over them.

Fifteen young people, between the ages of ten and 19, took part in the activities, learning about the complexities of constructing major infrastructure components, construction, design, and even cyber security.

After 2033, Chesterfield will be served by HS2, providing links to many other cities across the country and increasing journey times substantially following the freeing up of other lines which could, thereafter, provide more local services.

Furthermore, the region will benefit from the additional construction of the East Midlands Hub in Toton which will result in quicker journeys, lasting just 16 minutes to arrive in Chesterfield.

Judith Rowe, Engagement Advisor at HS2 Ltd, said: “At the peak of construction, over 30,000 people will play a role in delivering Britain’s new high speed railway. HS2 is investing in young people now to help address the country’s skills shortage and ensure we leave a lasting talent legacy for the future.

“At events such as these we are introducing children to a diverse range of career opportunities that HS2, and the wider construction industry, can offer. We want to encourage them to think about how they might play their own part in this once in a generation project that will bring Britain closer together.”

Adding to this, construction of the HS2 Infrastructure Maintenance Depot at Staveley will provide an extra 75 jobs roles and, once operational, will supply a further 200, benefitting the job market in the area while increasing the necessary infrastructure to free up space for housing.

In fact, Derbyshire Council is planning the construction of an additional 1,500 homes and the creation of 800 jobs following the completion of the maintenance depot.

The Derbyshire BEM Forum aims to provide and support activities in the local area which will increase opportunities for Black and Minority Ethnic youngster and communities.

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