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On International Women in Engineering Day we speak to Hannah, a rising star on the HS2 project.

Category: Gender Balance, International Women in Engineering Day, Women in Engineering, Females in construction, HS2’s construction partners, Working at HS2, HS2 talent, Women in Engineering Day

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As women across the world are celebrated for the role they play in the engineering sector, HS2 is shining a light on the emerging talent helping to build Britain’s new railway on International Women in Engineering Day (Thursday, 23 June 2022).



21-year-old Hannah Brown from Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire is a rising star on the HS2 project. Having developed a keen interest in engineering from a young age, Hannah knew she wanted to study for a degree in Civil Engineering and in 2019, after studying for her A-Levels at St Aidan’s and St John Fisher Associated sixth form, she began her five-year course at the University of Bath.

Hannah’s HS2 journey began in August 2021 when she started a one-year paid work placement with HS2’s civils contractor Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture (SCS JV). Hannah had always been fascinated by London’s underground tunnel network so the opportunity to secure an ICE QUEST scholarship and join the team building 21km of tunnels, connecting HS2 to its southern terminus at London Euston, was not to be missed.

HS2 and its construction partners have committed to upskilling the next generation by providing work experience, paid placements and training that offer pathways into employment with schools, colleges and universities right across the UK. HS2’s construction is already supporting almost 25,000 jobs, with over 2,500 UK businesses supplying goods and services supporting the project’s construction.           

Hannah is one of hundreds to benefit from HS2’s skills, education and employment initiatives this year, and her standout performance has won the praise of her colleagues.

Hannah hopes her story will inspire other women to consider a career in engineering and seize the opportunity to play their part in Europe’s biggest infrastructure project.


For more information on equity, diversity and inclusion programmes and initiatives at HS2 please click here.

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