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Apprenticeship targets exceeded by HS2

08 March 2019

With a number of new apprenticeship vacancies opened up for the HS2 project this week, it has also announced it is exceeding targets.

With Phase One under way, it is supporting more than 7,000 jobs on numerous sites, with the project expected to create approximately 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities, according to Construction Week.

The announcement is particularly topical, as today marks the end of this year's National Apprenticeship Week.

It was further stated that the project is attracting greater diversity in applicants, with more women applying for apprenticeship roles, although no figures were provided for this.

Support for apprenticeships can be seen to be enthusiastically provided by senior managers, with both the HS2 chief executive officer Mark Thurston and chair Allan Cook starting their careers as apprentices.

Mr Thurston described the 250 apprenticeships launched by the project as "a significant milestone and shows good progress to date between us and our supply chain.

"We are committed to equipping the next generation with the technical skills to not only help design and build HS2, but to leave a lasting skills legacy for the country.

"I am really impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of our apprentices and I look forward to seeing them, and all our apprentices in our supply chain, develop as the project increases," he said.

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