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A local councillor, headteacher and the neighbours of Twyford School have shown their appreciation to Fusion after we answered a request to help them safeguard pupils and pedestrians. The school wanted help to discourage parents from parking on a muddy area near the school gates.

In response, Fusion sourced large tree stumps to form vehicle barriers,  also delivered and installed them.

Roger Randells of Twyford Parish Council, told Fusion: “Thank you so much for sanctioning this work. The school is very happy as are the neighbours which is great. The guys who did the work must be complimented on the way the job was done. The headteacher said they were very thoughtful in ensuring traffic could pass and that the neighbours would not be inconvenienced.”

Matthew Wall, HS2 Project Manager, added: “This is fantastic and really highlights how Robert Holmes and the team undertaking the clearance work near Twyford have pushed to be a good neighbour. Please pass on my thanks to the team.”

Robert Holmes, Fusion Senior Project Engineer in C2b, said: “It was a small gesture but it says a lot that the school thought enough of us to ask for help in the first place. It shows that our teams working locally are building good relations. We are here to be good neighbours after all and this is another success story on the HS2 Project.”

Fusion Community Liaison Officer Simon Griffiths was another person whose role was acknowledged by Twyford School for his work on this.


Fusion colleagues have helped Year 11 pupils at the Myton School in Warwickshire build their understanding of engineering during the School’s ‘World of Work’ initiative.

Rebecca Collins (Geographical Information Systems surveyor) and Joanna Walmsley (Civil Engineer) led sessions in which the pupils created a self-supporting bridge, a parachute and a marble run. These activities were supported by Andrea Parrado (Quality Advisor), Kevin Kane-Brooks (Community Liaison Assistant) and Daniel Montero (C1 Project Controls Manager), who led on holding mock interviews to give the pupils experience of applying for an engineering role.

Becky Tranter, Skills, Employment and Education Manager, said: “The idea behind this was to promote pupil collaboration and give them experience of the types of problems engineers solve every day.”

The opportunity to engage with the School followed an approach from an advisor from the Department for Work & Pensions. It forms part of Fusion’s Skills, Employment and Education strategy which incorporates school engagement, recruiting apprentices, supporting the National Colleges, creating work experience placements and tackling joblessness.

Fusion is a joint venture between three leading businesses, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Morgan Sindall, that are conducting preparatory ground works to over 100km of the HS2 (High Speed 2) line between London and Birmingham, in readiness for major civil engineering activities.

Photo caption:  Pupils completing their marble run


Fusion Trainee Quantity Surveyor Terl Patrick has secured professional qualification in double quick time.

Technical members of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (TCInstCES) usually have to have at least three years of experience to demonstrate competencies, although this is not a set minimum.

Terl Patrick is currently working for Fusion, the joint venture between BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Ferrovial Agroman, on the HS2 Central enabling works.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to be the youngest technical member of the Institution,” says Terl. “When I was at school I wasn’t sure what career I wanted to pursue. I knew I liked Maths and Science but Business also interested me and the careers adviser suggested surveying.

“I didn’t want to take A-levels so joined the BAM Nuttall apprenticeship scheme at Stephenson College in Coalville, Leicestershire. Everybody has been very supportive, it’s well organised, I have worked on interesting projects and I’m paid while studying so it has turned out well for me.”

Ian Cowling, head of Commercial Services at BAM Nuttall and the current President of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, said: “We are really pleased to see that our Trainee Quantity Surveyor, Terl Patrick, has become the youngest ever technical member of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors following his successful review. It is reward not just for his ability, but his hard work and enthusiasm as well.”


This month, colleagues from the Fusion JV attended the Big Bang Fair. The Big Bang Fair is aimed at young students of all ages, helping to promote STEM subjects in a fun, energetic and vibrant environment.

The event hosted in Birmingham was held on the 14 – 17 March and Fusion participated in the four day event, supporting HS2 on their exhibition stand. Rafa Riesco, Daniel Montero, Andrea Parrado (pictured) Kevin Kane-Brookes and Naeem Gul met with budding young scientist and engineers, aged between 7 – 16 years old.

With smiles and a sparkling attitude, our team welcomed the young visitors; answering questions, offering advice and talking about their own roles and experience of science and engineering.

With stalls, activities, presentations and competitions there was plenty on offer for visitors to explore!

Thank you to the team for being a positive face for our industry. Whilst a great opportunity for Fusion to build on its reputation, there was an important message for future talent, our industry and the HS2 project has a lot to offer!

To find out more visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk


Fusion has launched its pioneering onboarding programme BeHighSpeed.

The programme, delivered online as an e-learning solution is made up of nine topics. Providing users with the opportunity to learn more about Fusion’s project aspirations and delivering a legacy. Particularly around those subject matters of diversity and inclusion, community engagement and investment and skills, education and employment. Subjects that will prove to be enablers, in order to spark industry change.

Each of the nine modules included are tailored to HS2’s seven strategic objectives. Offering clearly defined learning objectives and multiple choice questionnaires, whereby users can test their learning at the end of each module.

Early feedback has been positive, receiving comments such as ‘great informative training’ and ‘one of the best inductions I have participated in,’ testament to the programmes, content and design.

Louise Townsend, Head of Socio-Economic Impact at Fusion, commented; “With the support of our parent companies, and those who participated within the pilot schemes we are delighted with the final version of the programme.

“Our client has some ambitious objectives in place and this combined with the acute skills shortage, means we need to deliver differently. Through our BeHighSpeed onboarding programme everyone is provided with the same learning, so we may collectively think about things differently, challenge and positively deliver change.

“Significantly the industry embarked on a similar learning with the arrival of health and safety legislation in the seventies, which is now firmly embedded within industry practise. We hope to see diversity and inclusion, follow the same path, and the Fusion onboarding programme will be one of many start up initiatives that help to drive awareness, understanding and change.”

Additional features to the programme, include the opportunity to participate in Fusion’s diversity monitoring questionnaire, an unconscious bias exercise and a feedback survey.

Moving forward, all new to Fusion, will be registered to complete the programme, with a version for supply chain to be rolled out in the coming weeks.

 


This week (Thursday 22 June) industry body, High Speed Industry Rail Leaders, of which Fusion are members, hosted their second summer conference in Birmingham.

The conference, how HS2 will transform regional economies, was delivered by a range of speakers, all invested in how HS2 will; connect people, communities, businesses and cities for the future.

In participation of the conference, Fusion sponsored professional illustrator, Juli Dosad, to capture messages from the speakers, in illustrative form. A large canvas was featured prominently on the stage, as delegates observed the progress of the illustrations being scribed live. Once completed the fully illustrated canvas was featured, for delegates to enjoy.

Feedback was positive, with many commenting on the power of illustrations, as a tool to engage, with those outside of the industry.

Overall the illustrations captured were themed around; the transformation of regional economies through regeneration, innovation and use of the latest techniques in construction, how the industry will attract a diverse and inclusive workforce and compete globally with a new world class railway.

Within Fusion the illustrations will be used as a means of taking industry themes and communicating them with a wide range of stakeholders. A commitment to changing perceptions of the industry.


Fusion took the challenge once again participating in this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge for the second time, an annual event organised by Women in Rail. The team were also joined by supply chain partners, Thomson Ecology, a commitment to developing a one team – one culture approach.

During the course of the day the gender-mixed team took part in mental and physical activities that included blindfolded land rover driving, a quad bike obstacle course, a bubble football match and crazy golf. Fusion competed alongside teams from HS2, parent company BAM Nuttall and others.

However behind the excitement and fun of these exhilarating challenges was a very important message: for the industry to continue raising the importance of inclusion and diversity within the workplace.

One in five rail engineers are aged 55 and over. This ageing workforce combined with the development of high speed rail leaves a growing skills gap within the rail industry. Inclusion and diversity enables the industry to widen its reach for talent, tackling acute skills shortages.

Attending the day, Sam Hewlings, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Fusion, said, “The Big Rail Diversity Challenge, unlike typical industry events, is centred around sports, games and team spirit.  Working in this way makes for inclusive team-building. All have a part to play and each individual has the opportunity to demonstrate their strengths and unique skills.

“The day to day behaviours of a typical working environment are removed.  Individuals are no longer identified as a role or by a set of characteristics but for the person they are; their abilities and talent. These are the behaviours we must take back to our organisations, encouraging the industry to continue to build on this all important issue.”


The new employer-led National College of High Speed Rail, will provide higher apprentice schemes, to tackle the acute skills shortage the UK has in rail infrastructure. The three year apprenticeships offered will include; operations and departmental management, civil engineering, track systems and systems engineering.

Apprentices attending the college will benefit from receiving industry and employer-led training giving them knowledge of the latest skills and techniques, delivered at the colleges brand new state of the art campuses, in Birmingham and Doncaster. Both campuses will see up to 1,300 apprentices trained each year, gaining much needed transferrable skills in order to hit the ground running in rail infrastructure.

With the first phase of HS2’s major civil works due to be awarded in the coming months, in response, the college will be opening its doors to the first of its alumni in September of this year. Creating the next generation of high speed rail engineers, for the largest investment in UK railways since the Victoria age.

Nissar Mohammed, project director at Fusion, said: “To be one of the first organisations to sign up our apprentices is yet another milestone in Fusion’s high speed rail journey. The college’s ambition, to provide highly skilled people and close the skills gap through our supply chain will be a lifeline for the industry. Particularly if the UK is to remain competitive in a global high speed rail market.”

It is up to infrastructure businesses like ourselves and the supply chain to work with the college to develop the next generation of rail engineers, the first alumni, trained by the industry for the industry through the college.”

Pictured are Claire Mowbray, Chief Executive, of the NCHSR and Nissar Mohammed from Fusion.