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HS2 Apprenticeship Journeys

Hear from a range of apprentices working on the HS2 project.

HS2 apprentices at the National College of High Speed Rail.
HS2 apprentices at the National College of High Speed Rail.

Clara

Joining a high profile project during its early stages was an opportunity Clara wanted to seize after leaving school and originally feeling unsure which path to follow.

As a project management apprentice, she is now involved with overseeing our ground investigation work and ventilation shaft development on the route out of London. Much of this involves ensuring our contractors, who are undertaking work for us, are fulfilling their obligations and building the railway in the right way.

I feel more confident about my future career and hope to stay with HS2 until the end, working my way up the ladder. Project management is definitely my niche.

Gaining 2 years’ experience, in addition to a qualification has helped Clara build her network and skills to progress in the industry, an advantage she feels she has on those coming straight from university.

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Clara standing next to a high speed train model at the National College of High Speed Rail
As a project management apprentice, Clara is heavily involved in the project.

Jasmine

Making a difference and helping to change the lives of her generation and future ones to come was a huge draw for Jasmine to get involved with HS2 through WSP, one of our contractors. Achieving a level 3 BTEC in engineering, the equivalent of three A-levels, was the springboard to beginning her apprenticeship journey.

Jasmine has been able to develop her technical knowledge in computer aided design and highways design during the programme at WSP and is now studying for a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She has been given the opportunity to lead projects and gain unbeatable industry experience alongside her studies.

Becoming an apprentice offers opportunity which a degree alone cannot. Working every day in the real world provides me with the skills I need to excel in my position.

The concepts Jasmine learnt in the classroom are able to be applied in the workplace, which provide greater clarity and understanding of what has been taught, bringing learning to life.

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Naomi

A once in a lifetime opportunity to work on the biggest infrastructure project in Europe bought Naomi to HS2. With a background in customer service and support roles, she had never studied for an apprenticeship before and went straight into the world of work after trying university and realising it wasn’t for her. At the age of 34, she is a great example of how it’s never too late to start an apprenticeship.

This has definitely been the right choice for me, I am closer to realising my career goals and have gained valuable experience while working towards new qualifications.

Undertaking a project management apprenticeship, she is at the forefront of the UK’s digital construction revolution, BIM (Building Information Management), involved with creating digital models of the railway for use in the design and construction phase.

As well as new project management skills, Naomi has also developed her communication, being able to present to large audiences and communicate more confidently with senior colleagues.

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Naomi standing next to a high speed train model at the National College of High Speed Rail
Naomi is a great example of why it’s never too late to start an apprenticeship.

Billy

Playing his part in building Britain’s new high speed railway which will benefit not just him, but his family, friends and countless others was a huge incentive for Billy to get involved with HS2. Prior to joining HS2 contractor Bridgeway Consulting Billy worked for a small site investigation business in Wolverhampton. He felt the package of on-the-job training and working towards a formal qualification was a fantastic opportunity which would give him the best of both worlds.

As a Trainee Driller and Site Investigation Technician, Billy is involved with both on and offsite work, receiving specialist training to enable him to branch out into as many areas of the businesses as possible. He has been working on HS2 sites at the new Curzon Street station in Birmingham, Interchange station near Solihull and at Euston in London, operating machinery as part of the ground works programme.

Working on HS2 has already given me a range of experience and helped me to develop both technically and personally. I’ve been given the responsibility I need to progress in my career.

Billy’s apprenticeship has opened his eyes to opportunities he never would have considered and he considers his work on HS2 as springboard to greater things with Bridgeway Consulting and on the high speed rail project.

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Billy demonstrating the operation of a ground investigation machine.
Billy operates machinery as part of the ground works programme.

Chris

Coming from a community along the HS2 line of route, Chris knows all about the local impact of the project and all the benefits too. Going to university was not an option which appealed, but earning while learning on an exciting apprenticeship scheme was a perfect way to start his career.

During his project management apprenticeship, Chris has undertaken a number of placements and is hoping to go into the Commercial team, working with our main works contractors on Phase One of the project to ensure the railway is delivered to budget.

I would recommend this opportunity to anyone looking to start their career in the rail industry. I’ve been able to thrive in the position I’m in and am looking forward to the future with HS2.

The highlight of Chris’ apprenticeship so far has been winning the ‘UK project Management Apprentice of the Year’ award, highlighting the successes he’s enjoyed since starting his journey on Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

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