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The wider benefits: jobs and skills

At peak construction, 30,000 jobs will be needed to design and build HS2, including at least 2,000 apprenticeships. Once operational, the network will need 3,000 new jobs spread across the country.

Augmented reality display of a station with a controller wearing a headset and gesturing.
Augmented reality displays are helping train those building a station.

We are delivering a programme of skills, education and employment activities to meet the requirements to build the railway and leave a legacy of a highly-skilled and diverse workforce to address challenges faced in the wider transport infrastructure sector. Read the Skills, Employment and Education strategy sets to find out more.

We want our workforce to be more diverse than ever before as we implement new ways of attracting and selecting candidates based on skills rather than just experience.

Our main contractors will be creating thousands of new jobs and opportunities for small and medium sized businesses. The first phase of the project will employ over 16,000 across many sectors. Find out more about our supply chain and these opportunities.

Leaving a lasting skills legacy

We recognise the immense potential offered to the UK economy and future employment opportunities through the legacy that HS2 will create. As such, Skills, Employment and Education is one of our key strategic objectives.

We will also work in partnership with our supply chain to engage young people, promoting transport infrastructure related careers by stimulating interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. Alongside our own Education Programme, this will help to address the estimated annual shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates in the UK.

We will maximise the skills, employment and educational impact of the HS2 programme, becoming a catalyst for growth across the country.