Industry talks skills

05/10/2016
Highways Reporters

Delegates at this year’s Highway Skills event heard that the sector must do more to attract people into apprenticeships.

Highway Skills - Delivering a workforce fit for the future, was organised by the National Highways Academy and Highways Magazine, and took place at the London Transport Museum last Thursday (29 September). The aim of the event was to bring together key stakeholders within the industry sector to assess, strategise and collaborate as to how skills can be maximised for the future workforce.

Sir Terry Morgan (pictured), chair of the government’s transport and infrastructure skills strategy and chairman of Crossrail, was the keynote speaker.

During his address which was entitled ‘Defining a skills strategy that meets sector and employer needs’, Mr Morgan described infrastructure as “vital to the well being of the economy.”

Last year the government pledged to create more than 30,000 apprenticeship places across the road and rail industry by 2020.

Morgan told delegates that Crossrail now had 602 apprentices to date, but recognised that more must be done to attract people into apprenticeships across the transport sector.

“How do we grow apprenticeships and achieve the aspiration of 30,000 by 2020?”, he asked delegates. “From next May if you don’t have an apprenticeship programme you will be paying one per cent tax on your payroll through the apprenticeship levy. It’s for employers to bid into that process to ensure they get support for their programmes. There’s a lot of work to be done between now and next May to make sure that we as employers understand how best we can take up the opportunities that the levy will bring.”

The Department for Transport (DfT), alongside its delivery bodies, including Highways England and Network Rail, will now work with their suppliers to ensure apprenticeships are at the heart of contracts which will deliver the government’s multi-billion pound rail and road investment programme.

Depending on the contract, this means suppliers will either create one apprenticeship for every £3 million to £5m of taxpayers’ money spent, or deliver a percentage increase in the number of apprentices employed each year during the lifetime of the contract.

The strategy builds upon the work of major projects like Crossrail, which has used responsible contract arrangements to create hundreds of apprenticeships since construction began in 2009.

“This will challenge the transport sector to do something significantly different to what has been achieved to date,” noted Morgan. “Each transport sector is now committed to achieving their part of the 30,000 apprentices.”

Concluding, Morgan said that the highways industry and transport sector in general must keep delivering key messages to government.

“The message to government is that investment in infrastructure not only creates macro-economic benefits, it also brings about social change.

“In my mind government will continue to prioritise infrastructure providing there’s a bigger prize. It’s the macro impact that will very often keep politicians supportive. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens in the Autumn Statement, but the signs are that investment in road and rail will continue. Investment will continue provided we can keep the message that as an industry we’re fit for purpose and that not only can we deliver the programme on time and within cost, but that we have the skills to deliver it.”

Other speakers at the event included: Russell Wallis, divisional director, Highways England; Kate Myers, head of skills & employment, HS2; Jonathan Cheeseman, HR business director, Colas; Richard Hayes, CEO, Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE); Graham Candy, HR business partner for transportation, Atkins; George Lee, CEO, Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA); Roger Williams, network & asset manager, East Sussex Highways; Joanne Garwood, central services director, FM Conway; Steve Radley, policy & partnerships director, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB); Gary Schofield – HSEQS & technical services manager, Total.

Look out for a full review of the Highway Skills event in the November edition of Highways Magazine.

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

INSIDE:

Highways Awards 2021 finalists revealed

Harris leads National Highways into new era

View the latest issue


Highways jobs

Street Works Co-ordinator

£21,153 - £23,791
Do you want to make a difference to how Street Works are managed within Lincolnshire? Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Principal Transport Planning Officer

£44,863 - £46,845. In addition, re-location expenses may also be paid.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Strategic Transport Planning Team at Gloucestershire County Council (GCC). Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Recruiter: Gloucestershire County Council

Group Engineer - Highways Network Management

£40,876 - £45,859 Plus market rate supplement of £3,000, reviewed annually
We are looking for a Group Engineer who will support the recovery from the pandemic. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Group Engineer - Safety Design

£40,876 - £45,859 Plus market rate supplement of £3,000, reviewed annually
We are looking for an experienced engineer to join our Highways Safety Design team. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Highways Asset Management Engineer

£30,451 - £32,234 per annum
The post holder will... Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Senior Traffic Engineer

£32,910 - £35,745 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity to join Telford & Wrekin Council’s Highway Network Management Team to... Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Traffic Signals Engineer

£25,991 - £35,745
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Technician/Engineer to join the Traffic Signals Systems & Operations (TSSO) team as a Career Grade Engineer. Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Transport and Procurement Manager

£48,194 - £52,980 per annum
Are you a Transport Manager looking for a role that is a break from the norm? Andover, Hampshire
Recruiter: Test Valley Borough Council

Traffic Engineers (Highway Design and Asset Management)

£32,910 – £35,745 per annum - fixed term for 5 years
We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic people to join our Traffic Engineering team. Halifax, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Street Lighting Design Engineer

£18,812 - £35,745
This is an exciting opportunity for you to join Lincolnshire County Council's Street Lighting Team as a Street Lighting Design Engineer. Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Project Engineers

£36,922 per annum (Grade H-I)
West Berkshire Council are looking for innovative, enthusiastic and focused Project Engineers. Newbury, Berkshire
Recruiter: West Berkshire Council

Charge Hand (Highways)

£24,943 to £27,067 per annum
We are looking for motivated individuals who are willing to contribute to the team’s growth and success. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Principal Highways Drainage Engineer

£32,910 - £35,745 per annum
Do you want to take a leading role maintaining a large network of assets? Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Cleaner Streets and Waste Contract Manager - Communities

£48,809 - £49,794 per annum
Responsible for managing the street cleansing, household waste collections services and community recycling centres Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)
Recruiter: Bridgend County Borough Council

Senior Engineer Flood & Drainage

£40,876 - £45,859
We make a difference to the environment we live in. Come and help us manage our blue infrastructure. Bracknell, Berkshire
Recruiter: Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Business Support Officer – Passenger Transport

£20,092 - £21,748
You will assist the wider team in ensuring the office functions are delivered in a timely and accurate manner. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Senior Engineer

£31,339 to £35,754 per annum
We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals who are willing to contribute to the teams growth and success. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Waste Collection Operative - Loaders / HGV Drivers (Hays Recruitment)

Competitive Salary
Hays are excited to be working in partnership with Chelmsford City Council who are always looking to expand their teams and are looking for... Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Highways Presents

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Video