15,000 Jobs from HS2 By 2020
As the HS2 programme moves towards construction, the number of roles directly supported by the scheme is forecast to reach 15,000.
Large numbers of engineers, designers, architects and geologists will be required to support the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway, and as the project gears up it is believed it could support as many as 30,000 jobs in the wider economy. More than 7,000 roles are already supported by the project, a number that will more than double with construction starting in 2019, and which will include as many as 2,000 apprentices.
HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani MP said: “HS2 will provide the backbone of our future rail network and is already driving jobs and economic growth across the country. HS2 already supports over 7,000 jobs, forecast to reach around 15,000 by 2020, and is building the talented workforce of the future that this transformative project needs.
“The ambitious programme of skills, employment and education set out today will see the economic benefits of HS2 fully realised across the UK, boosting productivity and sharing prosperity across the country.”
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