“IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU HAVEN’T GOT RAIL EXPERIENCE – HS2 IS INTERESTED IN TRANSFERABLE SKILLS TO CREATE A DIVERSE WORKFORCE”
Despite having worked in civil engineering for nearly 20 years, Project Manager Sharon had never worked in the rail industry before. “It was completely different to what I had done previously, but I knew that I had picked up many transferable skills along the way.”
This attitude is something that HS2 are proud to champion. Many of our skilled employees come from backgrounds varying from construction and engineering to environmental issues, but all share a common goal to create a world-class high speed rail network that will transform the lives of millions.
On a daily basis, Sharon and her team work in a co-location with the contractor, delivering environmental and civil engineering works that allow the main works to proceed. These projects might be as diverse as creating environmental mitigation sites, to identifying archaeological sites or diverting highways, all within an agreed timescale.
“No two days are ever the same. As a Project Manager, I lead the project team to deliver the objectives, but as HS2 are doing something that hasn’t been done before, that often means defining new process and then leading the team through them to deliver results. It requires creative and lateral thinking to achieve results, which keeps me on my toes.”
So would Sharon encourage others who are contemplating joining HS2? “Absolutely! The scale of HS2 is immense, requiring a diverse and vast skill base, so don’t think that just because you don’t exactly fit the profile, that you aren’t suitable for a role in HS2. You may not think that you tick all the boxes, but you could still be a valuable asset to the team.”