CONSTRUCTION partners working on the HS2 rail project have joined forces on an education programme for young people in Ealing with special educational needs and disabilities.

During the eight-week course, HS2’s four contractors delivered science, technology, engineering, and maths sessions and provided tours of HS2’s construction sites.

The sessions explained the different jobs and skills needed to build the high-speed rail line and provided guidance on career pathways.

Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA, Skanska Costain STRABAG, Mace Dragados and Align JV worked with the Ealing SEND Hub.

Three schools in Ealing borough – John Chilton in Compton Crescent, Northolt, St Ann’s in Springfield Road, Eaing, and Springhallow in Cavendish Avenue, Ealing – took part.

From mock job interviews, to working alongside HS2 staff, the pupils were encouraged to explore how their skills aligned to different job roles.

Ambrose Quashie, HS2’s Legacy Manager for Greater London said: “We want local people to benefit from the jobs and opportunities that HS2 is creating.

“Our contractors are working exceptionally hard to create pathways into training and employment for young people and adults with SEND.”