More than 30,000 apprenticeship places will be created across the road and rail industry during the lifetime of this Parliament the government pledged.
The scheme, announced by the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, promises to create a huge number of exciting opportunities for young people that wish to get into the rail or highways industry.
Crossrail, which has been one of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects ever, has announced that they will back the plan. This is huge news as Crossrail has already employed thousands of graduate and apprentice level construction professionals.
To help deliver the Governments plans, the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, announced the appointment of Terry Morgan CBE to develop a transport and infrastructure skills strategy, to help the transport industry ensure a continuous pipeline of skilled workers.
Government has committed more than £70 billion to improving transport infrastructure, including the most ambitious investment in rail since the Victorian era, and the most extensive improvements to roads since the 1970s. This investment will make journeys better and will also deliver a sustained and lasting legacy of skills and opportunity for people across the UK.
The skills strategy will also make sure that more women are attracted into engineering and also develop a coordinated national network of transport infrastructure skills colleges, that will train the transport workers of the future.
Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, said that the workforce is “essential” for a high quality transport network. He also said ‘’Training our rail and highways workforce is essential if we want to build a transport network fit for the future.
That is why I have invited Terry Morgan to join us in this vital work. As the Chairman of Crossrail, and the forthcoming National College for High Speed Rail, Terry has a track record of building skills in the transport sector. He is ideally positioned to work with industry to deliver a transport and infrastructure skills strategy.’’
This is extremely exciting news that is going to create a huge number of great construction opportunities for young people to get into the construction industry. The government will also soon be releasing details on a huge number of construction graduate jobs, which are set to be created.