HS2 driving demand for SMSTS
8 February 2021
HS2 go-ahead has proven a major boost to construction skills demand.
RISK scaled up delivery capability of SMSTS Training
As jobs in construction look set to peak in 2022 at 30,000 to build the new high speed line, according to CITB, there will be an increase in demand for SMSTS certified personnel. RISK rapidly responded to the challenges of COVID-19 and the consequences on face to face training by being the training first company in the UK to deliver the SMSTS and SMSTS Refresher courses online via zoom video conferencing. As a result their capacity to deliver the courses which were limited to 10 delegates per course until November 2020 needed to increase. RISK have a wide team of trainers and have been able to meet with the increased demand for SMSTS and SMSTS refresher courses driven by HS2 amongst other stimulus.
"Research analysis found that phases one and two of the project will generate substantial job opportunities in construction. Skills in particular demand will be construction trade supervisors, plant operatives, steel erectors, labourers, civil engineers, civil engineering operatives and construction project managers.
HS2 job numbers predicted to be more than 22,000 within 5 years
Securing the appropriate workers, skills, goods and services is vital to the successful delivery of HS2. The high speed rail link will act as a driver for improvements in the sustainability of the engineering and construction sector. Once in place it will become a force of economic generation creating over 22,000 jobs with 5 years.