The skills strategy that is being launched by HS2
today is absolutely critical because, as you can see around us, there is a huge amount
of work already involved in construction. And, HS2 is a huge project and will require
a number of people to be involved in it. One of the ways HS2 is fulfilling the shortage
of, or the gap between, people who have direct expertise is by being quite determined in ensuring,
capturing, those young and old people and train them up to deliver the railway line that is
going to be the backbone of our country.