“WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED – THERE’S OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE FROM EVERY BACKGROUND”
HEAD OF SKILLS AND EMPLOYMENT
In order to ensure we continue meeting the challenges faced by HS2 over the coming years, we need to have a high-quality supply chain encompassing staff from a range of backgrounds. That’s where Kate, our Head of Skills and Employment comes in. Working closely with a broad cross-section of sectors, she sees to it that our suppliers are bringing apprentices on board, that their existing staff are being upskilled, and that their teams are filled with employees from a variety of backgrounds.
So what encouraged Kate to join the team?
“I wanted the opportunity to work on the biggest infrastructure project in Europe, which will make a real difference to people’s lives. By attracting new talent into the industry and giving the current workforce the support they need to enhance their industry knowledge, I can be sure that we will leave a positive lasting legacy.”
Kate achieves these objectives by working with the procurement and contract management teams to make sure that the HS2 supply chain is delivering on skills, jobs and apprenticeships. “I then ensure our contractors are fulfilling these requirements!”
Kate’s team also operates an education programme, which works with schools to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, plus the wide range of careers opportunities that are available on a project like HS2 – thereby encouraging an ongoing supply of new talent into the industry.
“It’s fast paced, interesting work. I genuinely feel that I can make a difference to the success of the project, and also to the future of young people considering their career options.
HS2 will bring high speed rail connections to millions of people, but our team isn’t just for those in the construction and engineering fields. We’re made up of people from every background, with skills ranging from business and technology to the environment and design. The scope for people to embark on a career they hadn’t necessarily considered before is immense with HS2.”