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Flannery apprentice hits HS2 apprenticeships milestone

As part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, HS2 has announced that the project has reached another major milestone in its bid to build a lasting legacy of skills and education in the UK. The Flannery apprentice, Danielle Taylor is today confirmed as the 650th apprentice to play a part in the delivery of Britain’s new low carbon railway.

Inspired by her Grandad’s career as a 360 plant operative, Danielle’s dream to follow in his footsteps came true when she joined the Flannery team. Having started her working life in a bank as an auditor, Danielle kept looking for a career that was more hands-on and outdoors led her to investigate construction apprenticeships.

Starting her career on-site operating an articulated dumper, Danielle moved onto a dozer within three months of being on-site – a record for a Flannery apprentice.

Danielle said: “This couldn’t be more different to my previous role, but I wouldn’t change it for the world, I’ve achieved my dream.

On my D5 Dozer, I’m literally shaping the landscape and paving the way for HS2’s arrival and it’s exhilarating to see the progress we’re making every single day.”

Danielle is currently working at a construction site in Warwickshire with a team of operatives who are tasked with excavating materials and creating the embankments that will shape the foundations for the new high-speed rail network.

Julie Venn-Morton HS2’s Skills Manager for the West Midlands said:

“Danielle is a fantastic role model for young women, and it just goes to show that it’s never too late to follow your dreams and pursue your career goals.”

Over the next two years, Danielle will combine work and study to learn how to safely operate a broad range of plant machinery that is used in the onsite construction sector. Once qualified, she will be equipped with the skills and experience that will enable her to continue playing a key role in the delivery of HS2 and other major infrastructure projects of the future.

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