In September, HS2 Ltd announced that it expected to create around 500 new directly employed jobs. Those roles were in addition to over 20,000 jobs that HS2’s main works construction partners and station contractors announced they would be creating to deliver the London – Birmingham section of the railway.
In the three months from September – December 2020, HS2 Ltd has directly recruited almost 300 of the 500 roles, creating new opportunities for individuals across a broad range of sectors at a much-needed time.
With a further 200 vacancies to recruit from January 2021 onwards, HS2 Ltd’s resourcing team is actively encouraging individuals who may be out of work, or seeking a new career, to register and complete its online skills match assessment. The skills matching process enables the resourcing team to reach out to individuals with details of upcoming vacancies which align to their individual areas of expertise.
Simon Fawkes-Underwood, HS2 Ltd’s Head of Resourcing said:
“With construction of HS2 now well underway, there has never been a more exciting time to join this transformative project.
“The scale of HS2 and the career opportunities it presents are so diverse, which is why the skills match assessment is such a great tool. People often underestimate the transferable nature of their own skills and experience and we’re supporting them in recognising the opportunities that HS2 can unlock”.
During the first quarter of 2021, HS2 Ltd will be recruiting for roles in a number of sectors including digital engineering, land and property, IT and project controls. It is also recruiting for talented individuals to join its two-year graduate programme and will continue its year on year commitment to bring new apprentices in the business with a dedicated recruitment drive in February 2021.
HS2 Ltd was recently awarded for its commitment to ensuring equality and transparency in its recruitment practices, and is proud to be the only UK-based company to have achieved a Gold standard rating in all four categories of the Clear Assured equality and diversity best practice benchmark.