HS2 'once in a lifetime civil engineering opportunity' says A-Plant's commercial director

The construction of HS2 is a "once in a lifetime civil engineering opportunity" and will open the door to generations of apprentices, says equipment rental firm A-Plant.

Phase one of the high-speed rail link was given Royal Assent last month and A-Plant's commercial director Dave Harris believes regeneration benefits will be felt not just in London and Birmingham, "but up and down the length of the line, with a huge ripple effect across the UK.”

Having started its company’s first Apprenticeship Programme in 2005, A-Plant received 5,000 applications for its most recent intake in September last year.

“As well as the actual new infrastructure, HS2 will bring massive opportunities for employment, not just with the major contractors, but also within the supply chain," said Harris.

"From the provision of plant and equipment to training people to keep them safe on site, right through to design, catering, logistics and even accommodation.”

As a company on the Top 100 Apprentice Employer List, A-Plant will be recruiting apprentices to join its team and support the building of HS2.

Harris added: "Throughout the project there will be opportunities for apprentices to learn, train and develop their skills in order to better progress through company ranks."

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