Walsall College students to work on HS2

By Harriet Evans | Walsall | Education | Published:

Young people in the West Midlands will play a part in the delivery of HS2, thanks to an innovative partnership between Walsall College and Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV).

An artist's impression of HS2

Teenagers, aged between 16 and 18 years old who sign up for the new T-Level qualification in Construction - Design, Surveying and Planning, which starts at Walsall College this September, will spend 20 per cent of their studies on an industry placement.

The two-year programme will see students spend 315 hours, equivalent to 45 days, working on construction-focused assignments.

Kate Myers, HS2’s head of skills and employment, said: “We need over 30,000 people to support the delivery of HS2 and it’s crucial that we invest in upskilling young people to be at the heart of those opportunities.

“This is a once in a lifetime project that presents a genuine opportunity to make a difference.

"This innovative partnership between BBV and Walsall College will ensure that local people are at the heart of delivering HS2, which is already revitalising the West Midlands and supporting jobs, local businesses and economic growth."

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at


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