• Namira Hussain

Students help with HS2 construction work

Students at Harrow and Uxbridge College are getting directly involved with the construction of HS2, due to a new partnership between HS2’s construction partner and the college.

Photo credit: HS2

The construction company, Skanska Costain joint venture (SCS JV), is allowing students aged 16-18 to spend 315 hours (45 days) to take part in Europe’s biggest infrastructure project.

It plans to allow students to take on an active role in developing the site itself, learn how infrastructure schemes are developed, whilst working with specialists in the field.

James Richardson, Managing Director of SCS JV, said: "SCS JV offers unparalleled opportunities for people to develop a career in our industry. It allows them to gain practical experience working in a complex programme delivery. The diversity of roles available means there are career opportunities for everyone.”

This tailored work experience programme is aimed at students who are studying towards a BTEC in Construction or a T-Level in Science.

SCS JV workforce will consist of 4,800 employees; approximately 12 per cent of these will be apprentices and graduates. HS2’s Skills, Employment and Education Strategy, will ensure at least 2,000 apprenticeships take place, with a two-year graduate training programme and emphasis on STEM activities in school.

Ambrose Quashie, HS2’s Skills Manager for London said: “With two decades of construction work ahead of us, and 34,000 jobs forecast, this partnership provides a meaningful pathway into employment, and I hope the students will feel inspired to progress into roles on HS2 when they finish their studies.”

As the students and SCS JV unite together to deliver the Northolt to London Euston segment, pupils will gain an insight into the latest engineering techniques.

Dr Darrell DeSouza, CEO and Principal of Harrow and Uxbridge College said: “This is without a doubt a unique learning experience for any young person on a technical programme, and these courses are an excellent choice for students who want to gain the skills that industry needs and have the option to progress to Higher Education level.”