HS2 has signed up to the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code of Practice, which is designed to make engineering career opportunities for the next generation
HS2 has a well-established programme of curriculum-focused activity and has delivered over 50 STEM workshops in primary schools, through its Zoom Rail programme, engaging with nearly 2,000 7-11-year-olds.
Secondary school pupils have also benefitted, with 110 STEM workshops delivered through its EPIC Engineers programme which is designed for 11-14-year-olds.
HS2’s dedicated education team works closely with local authorities and education providers along the route of Britain’s new railway to ensure that young people are at the forefront of learning, training and employment opportunities.
The team also provides support to businesses in HS2’s tier-one supply chain, whose contracts stipulate that they too must deliver STEM-focused education outputs within local communities.
Links into the wider rail and engineering sector, through programmes like Routes into Rail and partnerships with bodies including Engineering UK, ensures HS2 is driving a joined-up approach on school engagement in line with good practice standards.
The pandemic has presented unique challenges, but HS2 has been quick to respond, working with partners to adapt its education and work experience programmes to ensure that young people don’t miss out.
Wider employment opportunities
Mark Thurston, HS2 Ltd CEO said: “HS2 is a project of vast opportunity and has a construction timescale that spans two decades.
“That puts us in a unique position, as we can support young people’s learning of STEM subjects through our schools-based workshops, and provide pathways into work experience, apprenticeships and wider employment opportunities on the project.
“Today’s primary school pupils really could be the future engineers working on HS2.
“As a former apprentice, I know first-hand the value of inspiring young people at an early age. We’re proud to be part of this initiative and will continue to invest in young people to help make engineering accessible for all.”