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HS2 Parliament go-ahead boost to construction jobs

HS2 vows to leave health and safety legacy

Looking after the health and safety of everyone who works on, or is impacted by, HS2 is at the heart of everything we do. The new high-speed rail network, known as High Speed 2 (HS2), plans to connect the cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, becoming the UK’s largest infrastructure project.

HS2 go-ahead is major boost to construction skills demand say CITB

“…the certainty will give the industry the confidence to invest in apprenticeships and upskilling its workforce with the opportunity to work alongside a game-changing project which will help construction to attract the next generation of workers.”

Steve Radley, CITB Policy Director

RISK can help you prepare for the opportunities

RISK are leaders in construction health and safety training, and with the green light being given on HS2, we are well placed to help you prepare your workforce for the opportunities ahead. We have a portfolio of CITB Site Manager and Supervisor courses and refreshers run across the UK and ‘in-company’ combined with the demanding NEBOSH Construction Certificate – we can get your people ready.

An integrated, modern transport system, fit for 21st century Britain

“HS2 will not just boost the UK’s economy and connectivity, but will also enable other major rail infrastructure projects to be delivered too, such as Northern Powerhouse Rail, Midlands Rail Hub, East West Rail, Crossrail 2 and a range of other schemes.”

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, Railway Industry Association

Highly-skilled workforce needed as construction sector confidence grows

HS2 provides the perfect platform to develop a highly-skilled workforce across numerous technical sectors. HS2 go-ahead has helped the construction sector return to growth, with Britain’s construction industry returned enjoying the strongest growth in output in 14 months, the purchasing managers’ index revealed in March 2020. This is the fastest rise in new orders for four years helped the PMI swing sharply from 48.4 to 52.6 last month - a much higher pick-up than expected. Any score above 50 indicates growth.


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