New career route for West Midlands women into construction

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Women in the West Midlands looking for a job or change in career are encouraged to join a 6-week programme linked to upcoming job opportunities in the construction sector.

With preparation for the new HS2 railway underway, thousands of jobs will be created as construction begins later this year.

30,000 people will play a role, and the HS2 project leaders are eager to ensure that local people, under-represented and disadvantaged groups are amongst them.

Kate Myers, HS2 Ltd’s Head of Skills, Employment and Education, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for women in the region to find out more about HS2 and the role that they can play in transforming our railways and the UK economy.

“HS2 opens up career opportunities in so many fields and this is a great way to find out about the jobs coming up. 7,000 people have already played a role in delivering HS2 and we want to see more women in the 30,000 roles the project will support.”

A programme has been designed in partnership with Women into Construction, HS2 Ltd, South and City College, West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City Council. It comprises a 2-week employability course, which will include the opportunity for applicants to gain their CSCS card, followed by a 4-week work experience placement at one of a number of HS2’s supply chain companies, in addition to opportunities for placements at HS2 Ltd.

Work experience placements will be offered in a variety of roles including ecology, civil engineering, design and archaeology with West Midlands based companies including LMJV, BBV, WSP, Eiffage Kier and Fusion.

Kath Moore, Managing Director at Women into Construction, said: “We are delighted to be working with HS2 to enable women to access work-placements and potentially kick start their careers on this exciting project.”

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