The government’s commitment to the creation of thousands of road and rail apprenticeships has been welcomed by WSP UK Ltd.
In just over two years since the establishment of the Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy, the Department for Transport (DfT) are ahead of their targets to tackle the skills shortage.
The aim is to create 30,000 road and rail apprenticeships in the next five years; research from the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT) shows that more than 5,000 apprentices have commenced in the last two years – well beyond the initial targets set out.
It highlights the importance of significant government and private investment in helping to upskill people, and unlock new careers.
According to the research, an extra 8,000 opportunities will be created each year in the express delivery sector, while the Heathrow expansion will result in 10,000 apprenticeships by 2030.
The commitment to road and rail apprenticeships is something that WSP UK Head of Learning and Development has welcomed the attention on, given that research predicts more than 91,000 new people will be needed in rail and road by 2033 to deliver major infrastructure projects.
This is unsurprising, given the plans for infrastructure schemes such as HS2, Heathrow and renewals within roads.
And Jane Grant, WSP UK Head of Learning and Development, spoke about greater links needed between education and training.
She said: “We need as an industry to forge stronger links with education and training providers to create quality opportunities for young people across the UK.”
The Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy will be key to ensuring this happens.
Nusrat Ghani, Skills and Apprenticeships Minister, said: “We are committed to strengthening links between employers in our sector and young people, particularly in the creative, innovative world of engineering through our Year of Engineering campaign.
“I look forward to even more apprentices starting brilliant careers in years to come.”