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HS2 speaker announced for Skills Conference

HS2’s Skills and Employment Strategy Manager, Rebecca Young, will headline the speaker line-up at the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Employability and Skills Conference next month.

She will address the employment prospects that will be delivered on the back of Europe’s biggest infrastructure project in decades.

HS2 is forecast to create up to 25,000 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships during the construction phase and over 3,000 permanent jobs will be created by the operation and maintenance of the HS2 railway and its rolling stock.

In addition, the major contracts to build and develop HS2 will result in tens of thousands of opportunities for businesses across the supply chain, 60% of which are expected to be awarded to small, medium and micro-sized enterprises.

Government has now confirmed the route for HS2, the Eastern Leg of which will include a spur providing services to Chesterfield and Sheffield and a maintenance depot in Staveley.

The conference, now in its second year, will provide an opportunity for schools and businesses to prepare the future workforce for the growth of North Derbyshire’s economy driven by both HS2 and other key developments including Chesterfield Waterside and Peak Resort.

It is being held on 12 October at Ringwood Hall in Brimington from 8.30-10.30am.

Organised by Placing Futures Ltd, D2N2 Enterprise Adviser Network, Chesterfield Borough Council, D2 Skills and Employment Board and Destination Chesterfield, the conference seeks to strengthen links between education providers and local businesses.

Senior representatives from North Derbyshire schools, training and education providers and employers are invited to attend the conference, which will also hear from The Careers & Enterprise Company, William Davis, Derbyshire Education Business Partnership and Chesterfield Apprentice Ambassadors.

Councillor Tricia Gilby, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “Chesterfield is on the cusp of a boom. In the short term alone more than £1bn of developments will come to fruition over the next five years not only creating jobs but also bringing people to live in and visit the town.

“This conference plays an important role in ensuring we capitalise on the growth forecast for the area. It is essential that we work together to close the perceived and real skills gap by ensuring that young people are equipped with the employability skills while at school and college that are needed now and in the future by employers in the town.”

Places are limited at the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Employability and Skills Conference. To book your free place please register at www.chesterfield.co.uk/events/chesterfield-north-derbyshire-employability-skills-conference/