Billion pound infrastructure brings region a careers boost

PUBLISHED: 11:04 20 October 2016

West Anglia Training Association

West Anglia Training Association

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Young talent, in the form of 129 new apprentices and graduates, will get a boost on the career ladder building the £1.5 billion A14 bypass.

A new academy was opened on Monday, October 17, to train those involved in carrying out what will be Britain’s biggest road upgrade.

Roads Minister John Hayes opened The Highways Academy, run by Huntingdon-based West Anglia Training Association (WATA).

Mr Hayes said: “The A14 bypass is a massive road upgrade, a vital road for Cambridgeshire, and will drastically improve journeys, making them quicker, safer and more reliable for motorists.

“We are spending a record £15 billion on improving our roads and it is only right this not only benefits motorists, but also provides people with jobs and skills they need for the future. These apprentices are helping build the largest road upgrade in Britain, they can be justly proud.”

Jackie Hall, interim Chief Executive for WATA, said:

“The Highways Academy provides a unique combination of a realistic highway environment supported by dedicated workshop and classroom facilities to help individuals gain the practical skills and qualifications to support growing demand for employees a

cross the region and beyond. WATA is working with employers, schools, colleges and partners to ensure we all work together to deliver this key highways project to support economic growth.”

Gerard Smith, legacy manager for the A14 project, added:

“The Highways Academy will be crucial to provide young people the skills they need to work on roads projects and maintenance, including the A14. We are delighted this hard work is coming to fruition and look forward to welcoming apprentices from the WATA Highways Academy into our teams soon.”

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