Construction of the HS2 project in the UK will support 15,000 jobs in engineering, design and building sectors by 2020, according to a new report.
Over 7,000 jobs have already been supported by the project and more than 2,000 business have already won work with HS2.
More than 100 apprentices are already working on the project, and this figure is expected to reach 2,000 over its lifetime.
At peak construction phase, 30,000 jobs will be supported by HS2.
HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “Our skills strategy, launched, shows how we will create a sustainable pipeline of jobs and skills for companies across the whole country, which boost regional economies and help Britain compete internationally. Our programme will tackle the skills challenges faced by the wider transport infrastructure sector, and ensure the UK has the best skills to deliver HS2, as well as major infrastructure projects in the future.”
HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “HS2 will provide the backbone of our future rail network and is already driving jobs and economic growth across the country.
“HS2 already supports over 7,000 jobs, forecast to reach around 15,000 by 2020, and is building the talented workforce of the future that this transformative project needs.
“The ambitious programme of skills, employment and education set out today will see the economic benefits of HS2 fully realised across the UK, boosting productivity and sharing prosperity across the country.”
New initiatives will be launched over the next 12 months to raise interest in STEM subjects and motivate young people into transport infrastructure-related careers.
A new Job Brokerage Service will help open up opportunities to enable people access to the jobs created by the HS2 supply chain, and a new Secondary Education Engagement Programme will help them to take up transport infrastructure careers.