The employee-owned US engineering giant behind the London 2012 Olympic Park will create 500 new jobs across the UK.
CH2M HILL, which acquired British engineering firm Halcrow in November 2011, will create the jobs across its infrastructure divisions including nuclear, transportation, tunnelling and earth engineering, water, environmental services and industrial and advanced technology.
Alongside these new jobs, CH2M HILL will also be creating 40 graduate level positions, as well as offering 30 apprenticeships and 30 paid internships bringing its total investment for the UK for 2013 to £65million.
Speaking yesterday Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “The creation of 500 new jobs is a considerable investment into the UK market and is a great vote of confidence for the highly skilled engineers here in Britain.
“Building on our strengths in areas like manufacturing, including engineering, will be crucial to our economic success in the years ahead. Today’s announcement supports our aim of ensuring that the UK can compete with other economies at the highest level by raising the numbers of skilled engineers.”
The firm, which has its European Headquarters in London, has been operating in Britain for over 20 years and currently employs over 3,300 people in the UK.
The company is working on major infrastructure programmes in the UK including, High Speed 2, Crossrail, Thames Tideway Improvements and the decommissioning of Dounreay, the former fast reactor research centre.
Lee McIntire, chairman and CEO of CH2M HILL said said: “Following the acquisition of Halcrow and its integration in to CH2M HILL over the last year, I am delighted to be able to announce this significant investment into the UK’s labour market with the creation of 500 new jobs this year across a range of high skilled engineering and technical roles.
“I am especially proud that we will be playing such a major role developing future British engineering talent with our graduate, apprenticeship and internship programmes.
“The UK remains an attractive place to do business and today’s announcement reflects our commitment to the UK. With the British Government’s clear commitment to deliver new infrastructure and renew aging infrastructure, I am hopeful we will be able to build on this investment today in the years ahead.”