Women in construction: HS2 project promotes representation, training

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HS2 Ltd is overseeing a new scheme based in Birmingham, aimed at increasing representation of women in the construction industry.

HS2, the high speed railway project in development which will connect London to Birmingham, the East Midlands, Manchester and Leeds, will employ 30,000 people during its development and construction. HS2 Ltd, the company overseeing the implementation of the network, has declared its intention to ensure local residents and underrepresented or disadvantaged groups are able to take advantage of the employment opportunities provided by HS2; and has devised a programme to provide training and employment for women in construction in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Kate Myers, HS2 Ltd’s Head of Skills, Employment and Education, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for women in the region to find out more about HS2 and the role that they can play in transforming our railways and the UK economy. HS2 opens up career opportunities in so many fields and this is a great way to find out about the jobs coming up. 7,000 people have already played a role in delivering HS2 and we want to see more women in the 30,000 roles the project will support.”

The Routes into Construction for Women scheme is a joint effort by HS2 Ltd; Women into Construction, a non-profit organisation advocating gender equality in the construction industry; South and City College; West Midlands Combined Authority; and Birmingham City Council. It consists of a two-week employability course which includes the option for participating women to obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme certificate, enabling them to work on construction sites; and a four-week work experience placement at HS2 Ltd or one of its supply chain firms.

Kath Moore, Managing Director at Women into Construction, said: “We are delighted to be working with HS2 to enable women to access work placements and potentially kickstart their careers on this exciting project.”


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