The HS2 Minister has met in the Midlands with various businesses and apprentices to see just how many jobs, skills and opportunities are being delivered by HS2 in the area.
Nusrat Ghani said the project, which is making great strides one year after Royal Assent was awarded, is a key one for the area and could eventually help to realise the potential of the Midlands Engine – aimed at increasing productivity in the region by bringing the cities, skilled workers and businesses closer together, supporting 100,000 new jobs along the way.
In her visit to the Midlands, Ms Ghani met with students at the National College for High Speed Rail to see the specialist qualifications they are gaining which will help to build HS2 and lead on other major infrastructure projects in rail.
An estimated 2,000 apprenticeships will be created by HS2, so this education and learning is crucial for the long term implementation of the new railway project; in other contract news, Lendlease has recently been appointed to upgrade London Euston station.
The HS2 Minister’s visit also took in the Rolls Royce Apprentice Academy in Derby, where she met with young engineers and explained how HS2 will result in greater collaboration between businesses and skilled workers.
Curzon Street station was also visited by Ms Ghani, which will become Birmingham’s iconic station for HS2, providing services to London in 2026, and further north after that.
Ms Ghani said: “Hs2 is not only the future of our rail network, delivering faster journeys for more passengers and improving connections between some our country’s biggest cities, but is essential for driving forward economic growth and developing the next generation of engineers.
“Birmingham is at the heart of HS2 and already seizing the opportunities that it has to offer. Through the National College for High Speed Rail, we are training the engineers of tomorrow, empowering students with the skills and experience needed to gain brilliant careers and drive forward future innovation.”