HS2 to create 22,000 jobs
Work on the upcoming HS2 train line is expected to create up to 22,000 jobs over the next several years.
Construction on HS2 officially began last week, and is set to link London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said HS2 would "fire up economic growth and help to rebalance opportunity," adding that the project lies at the heart of government plans to "build back better" and would form "the spine of our country's transport network".
He added, "By creating hundreds of apprenticeships and thousands of skilled jobs, HS2 will fire up economic growth and help to rebalance opportunity across this country for years to come."
HS2's main works contractor for the West Midlands, the Balfour Beatty Vinci Joint Venture, has told the BBC it expects to be one of the biggest recruiters in the West Midlands over the next two years.
Up to 7,000 skilled jobs would be required to complete its section of the HS2 route, it said, with women and under-25s the core focus for recruitment and skills investment.