Go to content

Wider benefits

At peak construction, 30,000 jobs will be needed to design and build HS2, including at least 2,000 apprenticeships. Once operational, the network will need 3,000 new jobs spread across the country.

We will deliver a programme of skills, education and employment activities to meet the requirements to build the railway and leave a legacy of a highly-skilled and diverse workforce to address challenges faced in the wider transport infrastructure sector.

Infographic indicating lots of people will be required to help deliver HS2
At peak construction, 30,000 jobs will be created to design and build HS2.

We have recently published our new Skills, Employment and Education Strategy, which sets out how we will deliver these activities.

We want our workforce to be more diverse than ever before as we implement new ways of attracting and selecting candidates based on skills rather than just experience.

Over 2,000 businesses have already won work on HS2, discover which businesses in your area are benefitting using our new HS2 On Board map.

Leaving a lasting skills legacy

We recognise the immense potential offered to the UK economy and future employment opportunities through the legacy that HS2 will create. As such, Skills, Employment and Education is one of our key strategic objectives.

We will also work in partnership with our supply chain to engage young people, promoting transport infrastructure related careers by stimulating interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. Alongside our own Education Programme, this will help to address the estimated annual shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates in the UK.

We will maximise the skills, employment and educational impact of the HS2 programme, becoming a catalyst for growth across the country.