A recruitment campaign to staff the new high speed rail network is about to begin, with over 100 specialist vacancies needing to be filled.
HS2 Ltd, the company that designed, engineered, and built the UK’s new high speed railway, announced that it was starting a recruitment drive, with positions available in corporate procurement, project management, contract and commercial management, civil, site, and rail engineering, health and safety, accountancy, IT, HR, and legal specialists.
The first two-day career fair will be organised and held in the centre of Birmingham, where applicants will have the opportunity to learn more about the project and talk about the broad range of available opportunities with the staff who are currently working on the project.
Simon Kirby, HS2 Ltd Chief Executive, said that the arrival of HS2 in Birmingham will play an important role in supporting job creation, economic growth, and regeneration across the city and the West Midlands.
Mr Kirby confirmed that the company will need a variety of skills covering a broad spectrum of areas as the railway project progresses from planning and design to construction. He said that getting the right employees with the right experience and skillsets is important to HS2’s success, which is why the company is now recruiting for a number of specialist roles in Birmingham, which is the core of the HS2 network.
Mr Kirby added that the company wants to attract the best talent from across the country to work on HS2, which is currently the country’s biggest infrastructure project, as well as encourage broader diversity among those embarking on a career in construction, engineering, and the built environment.
HS2 will run high-speed trains between London and Birmingham from 2026 onward and then, in 2033, along a specially shaped route, to Crewe and Manchester to the West and the East Midlands, South Yorkshire, and Leeds in the East. The trains will also run on current lines to Merseyside, the North East, and Scotland.
According to the company website, the HS2 trains will run at high speeds along the new company lines before switching over easily to existing conventional tracks outside of Birmingham. From the first day that it opens for business, the company trains will serve Glasgow, Wigan, Preston, Warrington, Runcorn, Liverpool, Stockport, Manchester, Crewe, Wilmslow, and Stafford as well as Birmingham and London. Passengers will be able to connect easily into London on Crossrail and in the North and Midlands through hub stations.