Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure meets CH2M HILL Fairhurst graduates and apprentices on the A9 dualling programme

EDINBURGH, Scotland--()--Today, 4 December, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Keith Brown, met CH2M HILL Fairhurst apprentices and graduates working on the Scottish Government’s ambitious A9 dualling programme.

“My involvement in the A9 will be hugely beneficial for my professional development. Once it’s completed, I will be able to look back proudly knowing that I played an important role in the design and construction of a project that has such strategic importance to Scotland.”

As part of a push to increase recruitment of graduates and apprentices in Scotland, and to help build the next generation of engineers that will be constructing Scotland's future infrastructure projects, Mr Brown met with the young people working on this major road investment scheme at the Scottish Parliament today.

Commenting on the visit, Mr Brown said:

“The A9 dualling programme is securing jobs here in Scotland and opening up new opportunities for our young people looking to start their careers. A dedicated workforce based in Scotland of more than 200 are now working on the many complex strands of the A9 dualling design programme, with the team expected to expand again soon. This has allowed us to secure graduate, apprenticeship and students positions for nearly 40 young people to ensure they gain steady work and valuable job experience - with more of these opportunities for young people to come in the very near future.”

The first of three lots for the £3 billion A9 dualling programme was awarded to CH2M HILL Fairhurst Joint Venture in May this year by Transport Scotland. CH2M HILL Fairhurst are providing multi-disciplinary expertise on design, stakeholder engagement, statutory processes, procurement and construction supervision.

Commenting on the his role on the A9 dualling programme, David Allen, Graduate Civil Engineer for the CH2M HILL Fairhurst Joint Venture, said:

"The Scottish Government’s investment, through Transport Scotland, in the A9 Dualling Programme will bring huge social and economic benefits both on a local and national level. As a young engineer trained and working in Scotland, it has provided me with a great start to my career, enabling me to work on a project of national significance.

"My involvement in the A9 will be hugely beneficial for my professional development. Once it’s completed, I will be able to look back proudly knowing that I played an important role in the design and construction of a project that has such strategic importance to Scotland."

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Cabinet Secretary, Keith Brown, meets CH2M HILL Fairhurst apprentices and graduates working on the A9 dualling programme

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