HS2’s Women in Construction programme, through which two candidates recently completed placements with Fusion, has been welcomed as a means of improving the prospects of potential new entries to the sector.
Today HS2 is hosting a celebration of the pilot scheme, which Sue Hook and Kirsty Madeley joined us on at the start of this month.
Sue worked with the Quality team for four weeks, while Kirsty spent time with the HERDS team and joined them on site visits. The women came to us after spending two weeks on basic construction training courses at South and City College in Birmingham.
Rachel Wood, Area Wide HERDS Sector Supervisor, said: “I would recommend Fusion colleagues put their teams forward to receive placement students. The feedback I’ve had is that the placement informed Kirsty’s future career path and boosted her confidence.”
The programme supports Fusion’s Skills, Employment and Education (SEE) strategy which is led by SEE Manager Becky Tranter. The strategy incorporates school engagement, recruiting apprentices, supporting the National Colleges and tackling joblessness as well as creating work experience placements.