Great news with 16,000 jobs to support the HS2 Phase One announced today

UK announces £6.6bn worth of construction contracts for HS2 Phase One The UK Government has announced the winners of major construction contracts associated with the HS2 Phase One rail link, which are worth a combined sum of nearly £6.6bn.  The contracts are expected to support 16,000 jobs across the country. “This is a hugely important…
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I spy interesting New Technology this week!!

Hiroshima University - When natural disasters hit, they often destroy bridges first. So engineers from Hiroshima University in Japan set out to build a quickly built, strong replacement. Inspired by origami, the new mobile bridge spans 56 feet and takes three people less than an hour to deploy. Often no foundation work is needed, making…
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A busy time in the Rail sector this week

This past week has been a busy one in the Rail sector, from a very interesting and informative site visit to the attendance of Rail Live at Long Marston on the Thursday with everything from traction & rolling stock, rail plant and infrastructure, electrification and signalling demonstrations; to displays of engineering, rail maintenance materials & product development/testing safety, digital products and innovation Over five…
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UK Skills Shortage – Construction and Engineering

Skilled trades such as construction and engineering are also creating a recruiting nightmare, as the market struggles to recover from a recession caused decrease in graduate hires. During the recession, the number of apprentices and graduates taken on by construction firms fell dramatically as a result of the struggling economy. This means that there aren't now enough workers to cover the demands for growth in infrastructure. The construction skill shortage is very real and professionals such as quantity surveyors, plumbers and project managers are highly sought after.  I have spent some time this week with RAJA to expand on our reach into Forces leavers in Engineering.  REME have transferable skills with excellent apprentices serviced, experienced experts in the Electrical and Mechanical fields.