HS2 is proposing an opportunity to trial a new career working on giant tunnelling machines in partnership with Balfour Beatty VINCI.
The 20-day career trial, delivered in conjunction with Tunnelcraft, is the latest development in HS2’s drive to ensure that local people benefit from upskilling and employment opportunities on Britain’s new railway.
Almost 25,000 people are now playing their part in HS2’s construction. The employment boost is expected to continue into the next decade and beyond as work on future phases of the project to Crewe, Manchester, and the East Midlands gets underway.
“We need thousands of highly skilled workers to support HS2’s construction, and this placement programme could well lead to a long-term career on this transformational project,” says HS2’s Skills Manager, Julie Venn-Morton.
In December, Dorothy, BBV’s first giant tunnel boring machine (TBM), launched from Long Itchington Wood, Warwickshire. She will complete her first one-mile bore this summer and then return to Long Itchington to begin excavating her second mile-long tunnel. Candidates interested in joining the 20-day career trial will be based at the Long Itchington site, where they will work alongside BVB’s team of experts leading the second phase of the tunnelling programme.
The paid work trial is open to candidates aged 18 or over. During the placement, trainees will develop an understanding of all aspects of delivering complex tunnelling programmes, from the work in the pit stop, the slurry treatment plant and the mechanical and electrical works required.
“This work trial is the latest in a long line of opportunities we’re creating for people across the region, who want to expand their skills and experiences,” says the Head of Stakeholders and Communities at BVB, Shilpi Akbar.
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