Skills minister John Hayes joined Crossrail’s 600th apprentice at the Liverpool Street station site to mark the start of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.
Hayes met apprentices including 21-year-old Kanye Wilson – who joined the Crossrail project as an electrical engineering apprentice for Laing O’Rourke earlier this year – to highlight the career opportunities available in infrastructure.
The visit marks the start of Tomorrow’s Engineer’s week, designed to inspire young people into engineering careers by showing the range of options in the industry.
“Before 2010 and after, as apprenticeships minister, I championed vocational skills. Now, having the responsibility for skills at the Department for Transport, I am just as determined that the government’s investment in infrastructure should mean opportunities to gain and utilise skills,” said Hayes.
“That’s why I am delighted to mark this milestone for Crossrail and recognise the significant contribution apprentices are making to this world class project.”
According to an Engineering UK report, firms will need to recruit an average of 182,000 people with engineering skills per year to meet demand by 2022, roughly doubling the number of graduates and apprentices entering the industry.