30 April - 01 May, 2019 | PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW

Kate Myers


Head of Skills, Employment and Education
High Speed Two (HS2)

Interactive Workshops: Monday, 29 April 2019

Monday, April 29th, 2019


9:00 AM Engaging Early and Thinking Long Term: Innovation in School Engagement, Skills Development and Employment for Major Rail Infrastructure Projects

Major rail infrastructure projects can benefit substantially from a strategic, long-term approach to skills, employment and education, bringing on board a wide range of stakeholders, both internally and externally. This workshop will focus on sharing and discussing innovative approaches
to planning and delivery drawn from experience both in the UK and Australia, which are of equal relevance to clients, suppliers and agencies such as councils and state government.

What will the workshop cover?
  • Early engagement: how working with students and schools can support community engagement and the talent pipeline
  • Why diversity matters: strategies for workforce growth and social inclusion
  • Working with contractors: how procurement levers can support sustainable skills and employment opportunities
  • Partnership potential: ensure project success and wider economic benefits by working with regional stakeholders and industry

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019


4:10 PM HS2: More Than a Railway

HS2 is the most important economic regeneration project in Britain seen for decades. The new high speed railway will connect 8 out of 10 of the UK’s largest cities and economic hubs. It is the largest infrastructure project in Europe. It will increase opportunities for work and help grow the economy. Realising the transformative potential of HS2 requires planning and delivery across many disciplines – including skills.

Skills, employment and education is one of the seven strategic goals of HS2 and is critical in achieving the vision of HS2 being a ‘catalyst for growth across Britain’ and a leaving a legacy of a highly-skilled and diverse workforce for the industry. Through delivery of its Skills, Employment and Education Strategy and HS2 aims to meet its objectives of:

  • Having the skills to deliver the HS2 Programme and leave a skills legacy for the transport infrastructure sector and the wider UK economy
  • Creating sustainable skills, employment and education opportunities in HS2 Ltd’s supply chain through the use of procurement levers
  • Stimulating interest in STEM subjects to encourage more young people into transport infrastructure related careers
  • Working in partnership with stakeholders and industry as they maximise the economic and regeneration benefits of the HS2 Programme locally along the line of the route and across the UK

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Kate.

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