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Phase two of HS2 railway network to create thousands of graduate jobs

Published: Sunday, 25 December 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The Government has outlined its planned route for the second phase of the High Speed 2 (HS2) railway network, which will create thousands of jobs for young graduates and apprentices.

Throughout the construction process, around 25,000 jobs will be developed including railway engineers, project managers and 2,000 apprenticeships.

Plans for the route have been outlined by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, who wants the route to offer transport from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds, providing a huge boost for the UK economy and thousands of jobs in the transport sector.

It is anticipated that growth in the wider economy will provide an extra 100,000 jobs, increasing employment opportunities up and down the country.

The rail industry is currently reliant on an extremely flexible workforce whose skills and expertise will be essential for the development.

However, there remains a need for more skilled workers in the industry, which is why the Government is looking at additional training centres to ensure the next generation of engineers are brought up to speed quickly.

Training young people

Two National High Speed Rail College’s – located in Birmingham and Doncaster – will play a key role in training young people for the opportunities, and are expected to open around September 2017.

Both centres will be essential to narrowing the skills gap in the engineering sector, with figures showing UK businesses expecting to need around 87,000 graduate-level contract engineers every year over the next decade.

For those already trained there are likely to be a number of opportunities that pop up, as development within the rail industry continues up and down the country.

Beth West, commercial director for HS2 Ltd, believes that the network provides an opportunity to increase productivity and growth, while boosting the country’s international competitiveness.

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