HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “HS2 will provide the backbone of our future rail network and is already driving jobs and economic growth across the country.
“HS2 already supports over 7,000 jobs, forecast to reach around 15,000 by 2020, and is building the talented workforce of the future that this transformative project needs.
“The ambitious programme of skills, employment and education set out today will see the economic benefits of HS2 fully realised across the UK, boosting productivity and sharing prosperity across the country.”
New initiatives will be launched over the next 12 months to raise interest in STEM subjects and motivate young people into transport infrastructure-related careers.
A new Job Brokerage Service will help open up opportunities to enable people access to the jobs created by the HS2 supply chain, and a new Secondary Education Engagement Programme will help them to take up transport infrastructure careers.