HS2 Ltd, the company leading the delivery of Britain’s new high speed low carbon railway, has launched a brand-new jobs site to promote the estimated 20,000 roles that phase one of the project is creating in the months and years ahead.
The new digital platform, which is hosted on the HS2 website hs2.org.uk/supply-chain-jobs, offers those looking for work or a change of career, the opportunity to search the very latest vacancies with HS2’s construction partners and station contractors delivering the London – Birmingham section of the railway.
The jobs board allows prospective candidates to search for vacancies by region, or by specialism, so they can quickly identify opportunities that match their criteria.
In September 2020, HS2’s four main works contractors and two station construction partners estimated that they would create over 20,000 jobs to support the ten-year construction programme for phase one of the project.
The jobs board is the first time that opportunities to work on HS2, within the supply chain, have been brought together in one place, making it easier for job seekers to navigate and find a job that matches their career aspirations.
The initiative has the backing of the Department for Work and Pensions and a Memorandum of Understanding, which sets out the agreed roles and responsibilities of HS2 Ltd and its job brokerage partners, is in place between the two organisations.
Kate Myers, HS2 Ltd’s Head of Skills, Employment and Education added: “HS2 has a crucial role to play in the UK’s economic recovery and fightback from Covid-19. We are creating and sustaining thousands of jobs in the UK starting right now, when people need them most.
“Our new job brokerage model is an important step in simplifying the job search process, and ensuring individuals receive guidance and support so that pathways into employment on HS2 are accessible for all.”
Kevin Williams, who was formerly homeless, joined HS2’s contractor Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture as a labourer in May 2020. He is now an essential part of the team helping HS2 tunnel 13 miles beneath London.
He said: “Everyone has made me feel so welcome. I’ve worked hard and I’m progressing while I’m working. I’m still learning and I’m still training, so that I can improve my skills and go even further in the construction field.”
For more information about HS2’s job brokerage programme, or to search for vacancies on the new jobs board visit hs2.org.uk/supply-chain-jobs
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