|Thirty university students have been given a head start with their careers after securing paid summer placements working on High Speed Two (HS2).|
|For the second year running, Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV), HS2’s construction partner for the West Midlands, is giving budding civil engineers, quantity surveyors and design engineers the chance to put theory into practice and play a part in building HS2.|
The initiative is driven by HS2’s Skills, Employment and Education strategy, which strives to plug the skills gap by upskilling the next generation. BBV is building the 90km section of the HS2 route from Warwickshire to Staffordshire and teaming up with UK universities, and recruiting graduates, helps to ensure it has the pipeline of talent it needs to complete the civil engineering feat.
Julie Venn-Morton, HS2’s Senior Legacy Manager for the West Midlands said:
Sixteen universities have partnered with BBV on the 2023 undergraduate programme. Locally, they include Aston, Birmingham City, Coventry, Birmingham, Warwick and Wolverhampton. As the initiative extends to students who permanently reside in the Midlands, undergraduates studying at Cambridge, Cardiff, De Montford, Derby, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Loughborough, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham have also joined this year’s programme.
Two former placement students, that joined BBV’s 2022 summer programme, have since progressed into full-time jobs helping to build HS2 in the West Midlands.
Shilpi Akbar, Head of Stakeholder and Communities at Balfour Beatty VINCI, said:
This year’s cohort also includes students studying Architecture, Mathematics, Economics and Accounting and Computer Science, demonstrating the broad range of careers that transport infrastructure projects encompass.
35 year-old Ashley Aish from Berkswell is studying Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham. Ashley said:
42 year-old Naomi Rutherford from Lichfield is studying Construction Project Management at the University of Wolverhampton. Naomi said:
20 year-old Anouska Antoine from Smethwick is studying Civil Engineering at the University of Coventry. Anouska said:
21 year-old Benjamin Masillamany from Coventry is studying Civil Engineering at the University of Warwick. Benjamin said:
For more information about careers and opportunities to work on HS2, visit hs2.org.uk/careers