It’s just 20 months since full construction works began on first phase of the project, putting HS2 well in control of its target to create 2,000 apprenticeships. 923 apprentices have now benefitted from HS2’s investment in their career development as it strives to create a talent pool that will drive forward the UK’s major infrastructure projects of the future and leave a lasting skills legacy.
24-year-old Leon joined HS2’s London-based construction partner, Mace Dragados JV, after being made redundant from his job as an electrical engineering apprentice during the pandemic. In his bid to find work, Leon sought support from HS2’s job brokerage partner Camden Council and a fast-track referral from the King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre saw him job matched to an apprenticeship opportunity working on HS2.
The King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre supported Leon with his application and helped him to prepare for his interview, enabling him to secure a two-year Level Three Civil Engineering apprenticeship with Mace Dragados.
Ambrose Quashie, HS2’s Skills Manager for Greater London said:
“Supporting local people who are out of work into employment is what this project is all about, and I’m really delighted for Leon. The opportunity to earn and learn, whilst working alongside the very best in the industry, undoubtedly means he has a fantastic career ahead of him.
“I’d encourage anyone in North West London who is out of work, or looking for a new opportunity, to get in touch with the King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre, as we still have hundreds more jobs to recruit to in the months and years ahead.”
Leon is now part of the team preparing the ground ready for construction of HS2’s new terminus station at Euston, and he combines the hands on element of his apprenticeship with study towards a Civil Engineering degree at the University of London.
Speaking about his new career, Leon said:
“It’s amazing to be part of the team building HS2 and transforming Euston into a new destination.
“Civil engineering allows you to embrace advances in technology and address the changing needs of the population. It’s a fantastic career and I can’t wait to get started on the digital engineering and design aspect of the job next year.”
The King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre is designed to support people of all ages, regardless of their experience, into employment on local infrastructure projects. It provides advice and guidance on career pathways and can support local residents into apprenticeships and the latest opportunities with HS2’s construction partners and wider supply chain.