The Balfour Beatty and Vinci joint venture bidding for High Speed 2 (HS2) work has joined The 5% Club, meaning one in 20 of its workforce will either be an apprentice, graduate or sponsored student.
The 5% Club is a business initiative where firms pledge to meet the recruitment commitments for young people within five years. Other members include Babcock and Atkins.
The joint venture is the first shortlisted bidder for work on HS2 to join the club. It has also pledged to create at least 10 STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) ambassadors.
“The commitment we are making through this pledge is another example of how we will create numerous opportunities for young adults through our involvement with the HS2 project,” said joint venture managing director Peter Anderson. “This will help not only with the youth unemployment rate currently seen within the UK but also in addressing the skills gap within the construction industry.
“We are committed to playing our part in the solution to these important issues and ensuring a lasting legacy for the future.”