The Empowering Communities initiative, spearheaded by construction companies involved in the HS2 project, has sparked a sense of hope and optimism among the residents of the seven London boroughs set to benefit from it. With the addition of Network Rail to the scheme, the collaborative effort brings together industry leaders like Costain, Skanska, STRABAG, Mace Dragados, and Arup, all working towards the common goal of improving the lives of individuals in the local community.
One of the primary objectives of the initiative is to create job opportunities and provide training for individuals experiencing unemployment and homelessness. With the project's focus on creating long-term benefits for local communities, the initiative also aims to support STEM education and apprenticeships for young people. The construction companies believe that by investing in young people, they can provide them with the tools they need to build successful careers, fuel economic growth and improve the standard of living in the communities they serve.
Moreover, the Empowering Communities initiative aims to work with residents to identify and support community projects and local enterprises. The initiative can ensure that it provides support where it is needed most by collaborating with the people who know the area best. The companies hope to build a sustainable legacy that will continue to benefit local communities even after the HS2 project is completed through the initiative.
The seven London boroughs set to benefit from this initiative are Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster. The Empowering Communities initiative is an ambitious project that has already drawn praise from local community leaders. Network Rail's James Dean is optimistic about the project, stating that "we’re going to put significant people power behind this social legacy project". With the construction companies' expertise and experience, this collaborative effort has the potential to make a significant impact on the lives of individuals and communities in the area, creating a brighter, more prosperous future for all involved.