Thursday 10 Dec 2020
Engineering firms building HS2 make skills, jobs and training pledge in London
Network Rail has joined construction firms involved in the building of HS2 to set out long-term plans so people in seven London boroughs will benefit from the project.
The Empowering Communities initiative aims to:
- Create jobs and offer training for those experiencing unemployment and homelessness.
- Help young people to develop new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and access apprenticeships.
- Work with residents to identify and support community projects and local enterprises.
- Build a sustainable legacy, continuing to benefit local communities even after work is completed.
Network Rail has now joined the others already in the scheme, made up of HS2 Ltd and its contractors Costain, Skanska, STRABAG, Mace Dragados, and Arup. They are together building Britain’s new multi-billion-pound high-speed railway.
Network Rail’s involvement means all partners can better reach local communities in the seven boroughs along the London section of the HS2 route.
James Dean, Network Rail West Coast South route director, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with industry partners to create opportunities for people in the local area. Euston station sits in the heart of Camden, as well as serving tens of thousands of passengers a day we offer great jobs and training.
“We’re going to put significant people power behind this social legacy project. Everybody at Network Rail gets five days volunteer leave. I hope we can use those days to make a real difference”.
Matthew Gordon, chief executive of Spectra*, said: “As well as collaborating with the HS2 team to drive empathetic recruitment and retention processes towards care leavers across the whole network, Spectra are partnering with Tier 1 suppliers, like Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture to connect to vulnerable and underrepresented youth groups, and to support care leavers into high quality early career and apprenticeship opportunities.
“These opportunities can make a huge difference to young people’s lives, enabling them to access employment, build independent futures, and help shape their own futures.”
Louise Dailly, chair of the Empowering Communities steering group, and head of social sustainability, at Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture, said: “We’re delighted Network Rail has joined the Empowering Communities partnership.
“The programme brings together the strengths of the partner organisations and enables us to deliver more together than we could individually.
“This collaborative approach will boost opportunities for local people and deliver long-lasting benefits in terms of tackling worklessness, homelessness and providing opportunities for local young people, businesses and community projects.”
The seven London boroughs who will benefit from the new scheme are: Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster.
For more information on the Empowering Communities initiative visit: www.hs2.org.uk/empowering-communities/
Notes to Editors
*Spectra deliver the Care Leaver Covenant- a promise made by private, public or voluntary organisations to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 to help them to live independently,
Empowering Communities partners are: Arup, Costain, HS2 Ltd, Mace Dragados, Network Rail, Skanska, STRABAG
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Usually, there are almost five million journeys made in Britain and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
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Is a UK-based construction consultancy and Dragados is a global engineering specialist. The two companies bring their talents together in a joint venture to deliver HS2’s station at Euston, combining project and programme management skills and experience, with specialist engineering knowledge. On a confined site in central London, the Mace Dragados team will deliver a brand-new station including a new station concourse, platforms for high speed trains and improved connections to Euston and Euston Square Underground stations.
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The Care Leaver Covenant, launched in October 2018, is funded by the Department for Education and delivered by Spectra, a social value agency based in Wolverhampton.
It was launched to tackle the disadvantages that young people leaving care face when they become independent adults. Around 10,000 young people leave care each year. Around 40% of care leavers aged 19-21 are NEET; 25% of the prison population are experienced.
Organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors sign up to the Covenant and create practical, tangible offers and opportunities for care leavers relating to employment, education and training, safety and security, health, financial independence and independent living.
There are over 160 published offers on the Covenant’s bespoke app and website and more than 200 organisations have signed up to the Covenant.
Covenant signatories that are deemed to go above and beyond in their outreach to the care leaver community are called Signatory Partners, they include Amazon UK & Ire, Compass Group UK & Ire, Engie, Lendlease, Metro Bank and Tuckers Solicitors. For more information visit: www.mycovenant.org.uk
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We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Usually, there are almost five million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.