How High Speed 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail will be key to upskilling UK plc
The arrival of High Speed 2 (HS2) and the Northern Powerhouse Railway (NPR) will undoubtedly boost economic growth in the North of England. But these new networks will also provide UK plc with the opportunity to upskill a new generation of rail professionals, writes Tim Danvers, Business Development Director for Rail at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business.
Building HS2 and the NPR will need highly skilled engineers to be in the right place at the right time. And both will potentially create thousands of new jobs. But what skills, exactly, will all these new jobs need? Rail is moving into the digital age, so the way we approach future challenges will need to be different. The industry needs to acknowledge that, because the high-speed and NPR programmes are so enormous, and will be so impactful, we need to understand the art of the possible.