Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is urging businesses involved in the HS2 project to create as many graduate jobs as possible.
Development of the £42.6 billion high-speed rail network has thus far generated over 700 graduate jobs and apprenticeships.
Mr McLoughlin said: ‘HS2 provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to drive growth, generate jobs, develop skills and secure our country’s future prosperity. We need to squeeze every possible benefit from this vital project, leaving no stone unturned.’
He expects HS2 to create 19,000 construction and engineering jobs from 2017.
Mr McLoughlin will appear at a HS2 graduate jobs and skills summit at Manchester Metropolitan University’s school of engineering, where HS2 Ltd chief executive Alison Munro will outline the company’s plans for creating engineering graduate jobs through initiatives in schools and higher education, along with a programme of apprenticeships and internships.