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HS2 recruits required

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Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV), construction partner of HS2, has launched a major recruitment drive to boost its workforce as it prepares deliver a huge programme of construction works through 2022 and beyond.

With approximately 1,700 staff already working at construction sites and in satellite offices across Solihull, Warwickshire and Birmingham, the company is now looking to welcome more recruits.

2022 will be a significant year for HS2’s construction. Tunnel boring machine ‘Dorothy’ is set to become the first TBM on the HS2 route to breakthrough. And following this achievement, which is expected in the spring, she will return to Long Itchington to bore her second tunnel.

Work is also gathering pace at HS2’s two new station sites – Interchange in Solihull and Curzon Street in Birmingham – where preparatory works are underway to construct the series of viaducts that will bring HS2 trains into the city’s flagship terminus station.

BBV is seeking to fill a number of positions. Jobs for those seeking a site-based role include materials technicians, signallers, general operatives, traffic marshalls, and engineering assistants.  Office-based roles include opportunities in the firm’s procurement, transport planning, skills and education and finance teams. In total, BBV expects that it will support around 7,000 jobs to deliver its programme of work on HS2.

“Having already achieved a number of significant milestones in the construction of Britain’s new high-speed railway, there has never been a better, or more exciting time to consider joining Balfour Beatty VINCI,” said Shilpi Akbar, Head of Stakeholders and Communities at BBV.

“As we work to bring HS2 to the region, we have a monumental construction programme ahead of us. With thousands of career opportunities in the pipeline, across a multitude of disciples, we are committed to giving people of all backgrounds the chance to develop and hone new and existing skills, while working to deliver one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects.”

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