Work-study programmes: find your apprenticeship or professional development contract at VINCI!
Apprentice on HS2 project
A responsible employer fostering employability with work-study programmes
At VINCI, we believe that recruiting and training apprentices is, first and foremost, our civic duty as a responsible employer. These programmes help apprentices to prepare their own future – and the future of our companies and communities by addressing their needs in terms of recruitment and economic development.
In France, the apprenticeship system reform gave VINCI an opportunity to expand and structure its strategy for young apprentice recruitment, integration and induction. With one goal: to build young people's employability.
Our aim is to work in our communities to hire 2,000 young people – with the lowest to the highest qualifications – on apprenticeship or professional development contracts each year.
Apprenticeships abroad: our opportunities
Everywhere VINCI is active, there are many construction sites – for example Chester Northgate – that have recruitment programmes for apprentices. HS2 may be the best example.
650 apprentices at a VINCI worksite in the UK
Starting your career on the biggest infrastructure project currently under way in the UK: this is basically what apprentices are doing on the HS2 high speed rail line, the future backbone of Britain's rail network. And there are several tailored programmes to train qualified workers and contribute to providing local jobs for local youths.
In line with this approach, the Balfour Beatty VINCI consortium, which is handling the civil engineering on two HS2 works packages, has pledged to fill 5% of its vacancies with apprentices, young graduates and trainees.
It is doing this in various ways, for instance partnering with Walsall College, north of Birmingham, to hire 16- to 18-year-olds for construction-related jobs and provide them with experience on the ground.
As a result, the HS2 project welcomed its 650th apprentice, Danielle, in July 2021. After her first experience as a banking audit officer, she decided to retrain to work in construction, inspired by her grandfather's career. She is now working at a site in Warwickshire, with a team tasked with excavating materials and creating the embankments that will shape the foundations for the new network.
“As we welcome Danielle to Balfour Beatty VINCI – HS2’s 650th apprentice across the route – there has never been a more exciting time to be joining the industry, to play a key role in shaping the UK’s infrastructure landscape.” Michael Dyke, Managing Director at Balfour Beatty VINCI
Danielle is the 650th apprentice on HS2 project