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HS2 is addressing the current skills shortage in the UK by inspiring the next generation to get involved with transport infrastructure related careers.

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We will need 30,000 people to help design and build HS2.

Education Programmes

Students in school today could play their part in delivering Britain’s brand new high speed railway.

We are promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects through our secondary education programme, to help young people develop the skills they need to be able to take advantage of the employment opportunities created by HS2 and other major UK infrastructure projects.

HS2 Secondary Education Programme

The HS2 Secondary School Programme supports students aged 11-14 years in developing their knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), with real world examples from the transport infrastructure industries.

The Programme comprises of:

  • Specially developed STEM workshop days, delivered by educational professionals and supported by HS2 Education Ambassadors.
  • Curriculum-linked resources to support teachers deliver high quality and effective learning activities around the theme of careers in transport infrastructure. Resources are available to all schools and can be downloaded.

Curriculum-linked materials

Resources consist of a comprehensive teachers’ guide, stimulus PowerPoint decks and student worksheets as well as curriculum-linked activity plans for maths and science. They are all based on the secondary education STEM workshops and teachers may choose to use some or all of the materials either as part of a drop-down curriculum day/event or as individual lessons.

The materials

Teachers' Guide and Activity Plans

To support teachers in engaging students with the programme, this guide outlines five different classroom activities for KS3 and KS4 students which can be used in a flexible way, either as a complete day-long event or as part of planned lessons. Duration times are provided to follow along with the purpose and overview of each activity.

Download Teachers’ Guide

Download Maths Activity Plan

Download Science Activity Plan


Students are provided with associated worksheets enabling them to record what they learned throughout the lesson or session and helping them to reflect on and identify the progress they have made regarding their STEMPowers, and whether they would consider a career in STEM.

Download Welcome to the Team STEMPowers Worksheet

Download Joining the EPIC Team: Stations of the Future Worksheet

Download Engineering Challenge Worksheet

Download Rail Rush! Worksheet

Download Reflection Worksheet

Download Maths Worksheet

Download Science Worksheet



PowerPoint slide decks are designed to provide structure for the lessons. Slide decks give students a visual aspect to focus on and feature images and information relevant to the activities.

Download PPT Welcome to the Team

Download PPT Joining the EPIC Team: Stations of the Future

Download PPT Engineering Challenge: Tunnel Structures

Download PPT Rail Rush! Game

Download PPT Reflection

Download PPT Maths Deck

Download PPT Science Deck

Rail Rush! Board Game

Rail Rush! is a turn-based board game for two to four players. Students act as competing rail networks, exploring the issues of costs, construction, sustainability, community and technical developments, and overcome these by making strategic and ethical decisions.

Download Rail Rush! Game

Download Rail Rush! Counters and Track

Download Rail Rush! Cards 

Download Rail Rush! Worksheet

Download PPT Rail Rush! Game


Career role models

People at HS2 Ltd work in a huge variety of roles, from IT to archaeology, from engineering to the environment. Many of them volunteer as education ambassadors to share their experiences. Our ambassadors can help bring your careers and enterprise events to life; they can also work alongside you on interactive workshops that get students thinking about their own abilities.

Other secondary education resources

Route Options Project

Take on a role in the Zoom Rail project team! Students evaluate four possible routes for a new railway. With no perfect answer, they must weigh up pros and cons, balancing community, economic and environmental factors, and make a case for their choice.

Aimed at children in key stages 4 and 5 (14 to 18 years old).

Suggested curriculum links: geography, government and politics; engineering; environmental studies; maths; English.

Download the teachers’ guide.

Download the student guide.

Collaborate, Create, Communicate Workshop

In the CCC workshop students are introduced to Smeaton, a fictional city chosen as the site for a new high-speed rail terminus. A river crossing is being proposed to better incorporate the station into the city. Students will research crossing types, role play local people’s (stakeholders’) views and then present their findings to the rest of the class.