Crossrail reaches apprenticeships milestone
Four hundred apprentices have now been appointed to work on the Crossrail project.
Discussing the milestone, which means the infrastructure scheme has met it’ target early, UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said “This government is investing significant amounts in the country’s infrastructure.
“As we start work on other major projects like HS2 and the Thames Tideway, apprenticeship programmes that ensure young people have the right skills to build our long-term economic future are vital.”
Data shows that roughly two in five of the apprenticeships created through the Crossrail scheme have provided employment opportunities to people who were out of work.
Along with construction skills, apprentices have been offered training in quantity surveying, business administration and accountancy.
Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan said the project will continue to deliver apprenticeships throughout the project. He said: “As a former apprentice, I have seen first-hand how beneficial apprenticeships are for both individuals and employers. Crossrail’s approach to skills training is a model that can be adopted across the industry.”