Highways England calling for apprentices to help build a road network for the future

Posted: 20th of March 2017 by Miro Demo

Highways England is calling for apprentices to help build a road network for the future. During this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, the company responsible for operating and improving the country’s motorways and major roads, committed to recruit a further 90 apprentices. The posts will be recruited over the next seven months and come as the company increases its capability and capacity to deliver £15bn worth of improvements across the country. Highways England will continue to recruit at a similar level for the next three years at least.

San Johal, Human Resources Director at Highways England, says:

“Our apprentices tell us they find their work varied, engaging, challenging and exciting.

“This is a great time to join our team. By 2021, we will have delivered a £15 billion government investment in our motorways and major A-roads to keep drivers and businesses moving, boosting the country’s economy.

“To do this, we are investing in the next generation. As an apprentice, you are learning whilst you are earning. Our apprenticeships are available to everyone and are a real alternative to traditional routes like university. Visit our website and explore our apprenticeship opportunities to begin a fantastic career with us.”

The Highways England apprenticeship scheme supports the Government’s goal to create 30,000 apprenticeships in road and rail by 2020.

Amelia Kirwan, apprentice project manager, said: “I’m over the moon to have got a Higher Level Apprenticeship within Highways England, they want you do well within your role and look after their employees. I’d say being only 18 and having a pension plan already set up and running is pretty good going.”

Roles at Highways England including Project Managers, IT, civil engineering, finance, HR, business admin and customer service are open for applications and continue throughout 2017. There are opportunities across the country, including: Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Bedford and Guildford.

New recruits will be helping to play a part in modernising England’s motorways and major A-roads by developing and delivering technically advanced projects. These include schemes like the A303 Stonehenge improvements and the Lower Thames Crossing.

Looking further ahead, Highways England is developing strong relationships with schools and colleges as part of a wider ‘early talent’ recruitment plan, to encourage children to continue the study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. This will help them to become the engineers and construction professionals of tomorrow. 

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