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HS2 project in UK to support 15,000 jobs by 2020

Construction of the HS2 project in the UK will support 15,000 jobs in engineering, design and building sectors by 2020, according to a new report.

Over 7,000 jobs have already been supported by the project and more than 2,000 business have already won work with HS2.

More than 100 apprentices are already working on the project, and this figure is expected to reach 2,000 over its lifetime.

At peak construction phase, 30,000 jobs will be supported by HS2.

HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “Our skills strategy, launched, shows how we will create a sustainable pipeline of jobs and skills for companies across the whole country, which boost regional economies and help Britain compete internationally.
Our programme will tackle the skills challenges faced by the wider transport infrastructure sector, and ensure the UK has the best skills to deliver HS2, as well as major infrastructure projects in the future.”