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HS2 to provide more opportunities in the accelerated program

Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV), the building partner of HS2, has begun to expand its accelerated vocational training program, to help people across the country start new careers in the rail industry. This expansion will focus on integrating people into new careers within information management.

BBV offers training programs at its Skills Academy in Birmingham, where they have successfully trained over 30 people for successful roles within the HS2 project.

To date, the training provided has ensured that people develop the key skills and certification needed to move into jobs working on site in support of HS2 construction.

From June, BBV will expand its course curriculum and begin providing training in business administration, digital skills and coding to enable candidates to progress into a career in information management or document control. .

Trainees on the course will seek to obtain the required accreditation within an expected timeframe of just 6-8 weeks, which will enable candidates to obtain paid work trials under the programme. Successful candidates who complete the trial will then progress to permanent positions within HS2.

Julie Venn Morton, HS2 Skills Manager for the West Midlands, said:

“Expanding the Skills Academy course offering will allow us to reach an even more diverse range of job seekers looking for a new career and the opportunity to work on HS2.

“The ability to retrain, learn new skills and start earning a salary in just 6-8 weeks is a fantastic opportunity, and we hope it will be a stepping stone to help more people in the West Midlands get started their career on HS2.”

The integration of this level of training, offered by HS2 and BBV, greatly improves opportunities for local populations and offers young candidates an outlet to acquire essential skills in the industry. Companies in the rail sector should seek to emulate these protocols wherever possible, as investing in communities across the country will help ensure stability across the sector.

Training will be delivered on a rolling schedule, with the first session due to start on Wednesday June 8 at BBV’s Skills Academy on South and City College’s Bordesley Green campus.

Shilpi Akbar, Head of Stakeholders and Communities at Balfour Beatty VINCI said:

“We look forward to welcoming more local jobseekers to our BBV Skills Academy in Birmingham, which now offers an expanded training program including business administration, digital skills and coding.

“These skills are essential to the implementation of our HS2 program, as we continue to provide local people with the right training, so they can pursue rewarding and varied careers in construction.”

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