Lord Roger Roberts: We must make the most of HS2 job opportunities

Lord Roberts of Llandudno
Lord Roberts of Llandudno

The announcement by Lib Dem Transport Minister Susan Kramer that the new fast rail link HS2 will need 19,000 construction and engineering employees and a possible 400,000 ‘spin-off” jobs, following construction is the perfect opportunity for us to reduce significantly the 1m unemployed youngsters in the United Kingdom. Last week’s statement with further massive infrastructure proposals added the possibility of further opportunities.

This must be the time to make certain that we have adequate training so that UK youngsters are able and capable of responding to these job opportunities. I would hope that training  courses at various levels leading to top-rank qualifications can be discussed and put in place ready for the start of this immense project.

We must  spread the opportunities so that youngsters throughout the UK can apply. It could be that 10,000 or more HS2-related scholarships could be established and that local authorities in the jobs’ ‘spin-off’ areas could consider what local training and further action is needed to take advantage of these opportunities.

Let us start preparing now to make a real impact in UK youth employment challenges.

 

Published and promoted by Tim Gordon on behalf of the Liberal Democrats, both at LDHQ, 8-10 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AE.

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