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Canada Goose sale The 16bn Crossrail project has dug out many miles of tunnels beneath London’s streets. The company has taken on thousands of unemployed people and even created a special academy to train them but who wants a job that takes you underground?
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Valerie Todd, talent resources director for Crossrail, says when the company was handed its contract for this enormous cheap canada goose uk project, cheap Canada Goose it was determined to hire local uk canada goose outlet people broadly defined canada goose coats as those within the radius of the M25 regardless of whether they’d uk canada goose ever worked in tunnel infrastructure before.
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About 7,000 people have passed through the academy, 3,000 of whom Canada Goose Parka were the locals Crossrail was keen on recruiting but some other apprentices were hired directly by contractors.
Having an academy was necessary, Todd says, as the UK had « lost its tunnelling skill base, because that comes from a mining discipline ». The shrinking of the mining sector had taken a more general toll.
Crossrail was looking to recruit people who were « unemployed, preferably quite a way from the job market, and for us to do everything that we could to bring them into the workplace » by giving them technical training and safety skills.
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« For example, people working on tunnel boring machines are on shift for 12 hours and for that time, the crew are your family. »
buy canada goose jacket These machines are 150m long and dig the tunnels out, operating 24 hours a day and moving through the earth at a rate of about 100m per week.
canadian goose jacket Each one is staffed by a 20 strong « tunnel gang » and comes with its own kitchen and toilet.
Todd says tunnelling is an international career, taking people with that particular expertise on projects around the globe. This type of demand, and the skilled nature of the work, contributes to the « very good » pay on offer to tunnel workers.
canada goose clearance sale British tunnellers will not have to go abroad to stay employed, however.
Projects such as the HS2 high speed rail line, the Bakerloo and Northern Line upgrades on the London Underground and Thames Tideway, a major new sewer tunnel, mean that there’s plenty of work on the horizon for those willing to work beneath street level.
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Before that, he worked in retail, as a security guard and did admin in an office. « I’m a practical person so I thought it was time for a career change, » he says. Canada Goose Coats On Sale « When I was offered a job as a steel fixer I had to look up what it was. But canada goose store then I came down here and saw the reality of it it’s pretty intense.
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canada goose black friday sale Sean Taylor, 21, from Brixton, has also been an apprentice steel fixer, for eight months. Before that, he was studying electrical installation at college.
canada goose store Both he and Patel work on the section of the Farringdon tunnel which will become the station platform.