Highways England A14 Project Apprentice and Careers Day 2017

Lynch Plant Hire were delighted to take part in the Highways England A14 Project Apprentice and Careers day hosted by Cambridge Regional College on the 28th January.

The project needs to attract over 200 apprentices and well over 1,000 operatives covering all trades over the project which consists of an upgrade to the A14 between Ellington, west of Huntingdon, to the Milton junction on the Cambridge Northern Bypass and includes the widening of the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury.

The existing A14 trunk road between Cambridge and Huntingdon is well known for congestion and delays with almost 85,000 vehicles using this stretch of the A14 every day; a lot more than originally designed for with around a quarter of this being heavy goods vehicles – well above national average for this type of road.

The government has made a provision for £1.5 billion of capital investment for this scheme. The proposals will be funded through a combination of contributions from Central Government, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Once work is complete the existing A14 will be ‘de-trunked’ between Huntingdon and Swavesey and between Alconbury and Spittle’s interchange. This means the road will gain county road status and Highways England will pass responsibility for the road to the local authority.

All the major contractors who are involved in the development of the scheme along with, the CITB, Lynch Plant Hire and other plant hire providers were represented, which allowed potential candidates the opportunity to try different plant and equipment via simulators, giving them an experience of the real thing with others taking part in some operator trials, under supervision by assessors and restricted equipment functionality.

The event was well attended and Lynch were able to confirm over 100 applications from qualified operators as well as youngsters interested in apprenticeships. Operations Director Mark Kennedy attending the event said “ it is important for Lynch Plant Hire to take part in events like this, not only to find employees for this project but to encourage young people into our industry. It also helps to raise awareness of the potential job opportunities available to them in an industry that they may not be totally familiar and hopefully today we may have met many future employees who see our industry as the career they are looking for”