Today, (23 February 2017) Royal Assent was granted for Phase 1 of HS2 and High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL) of which Fusion are partners, welcomed apprentices from across the UK with Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP to say ‘We’re HS2 ready!’


At Euston Station, Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP joined over 40 apprentices from HSRIL members who will help deliver HS2 in a wide range of roles from project management and civil engineering, through to railway systems and rolling stock.


Up to 9,000 apprenticeships for HS2 Phase 1 alone will be created, in order to support the  build of this ground-breaking project.


HS2 will be the biggest investment in our skills base in decades and will foster a new generation of high speed rail engineers and experts across a range of sectors, including the launch of the National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham and Doncaster, where the first students will enrol in September 2017.


A HSRIL spokesperson said: “We are delighted the first phase of HS2 has received Royal Assent. Our HSIRL members can get on and start building Britain’s new railway. The apprentices who joined us at Euston are just a small part of the workforce that will be skilled up to deliver HS2.


The project will act as a huge economic boost to Britain, employing 27,000 people by the end of the decade. On top of that, 70% of the jobs will be outside of London.”


Please is Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP with apprentices from the member organisations of HSRIL outside Euston Station.