A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

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Building careers in the local community

An important objective for the scheme has been to leave a positive legacy for Cambridgeshire, once the project is completed. With so many opportunities in construction now and in future, we worked with local communities to encourage young people to consider construction and engineering as an exciting career choice.


  • 1 of 10. The A14 project’s STEM ambassadors attended many careers fair during construction, such as this one in Ely in October 2018.
  • 2 of 10. The A14 project welcomed many school visits on-site, such as this one by Fen Ditton Primary School in February 2019.
  • 3 of 10. We worked with Cambridge Launchpad to support their schools STEM outreach programme. During the events, our STEM ambassadors offered students hands-on activities and experiences to allow them to understand the sheer scale of a project like ours, and the huge variety of exciting career opportunities.
  • 4 of 10. We teamed up with the West Anglian Training Association to create a Highways Academy, which was opened by Roads Minister The Rt Hon John Hayes MP in October 2016.
  • 5 of 10. Students training at the West Anglian Training Association Highways Academy, supported by the A14 project.
  • 6 of 10. Students from the first pre-apprenticeship cohort get their certificates at the West Anglian Training Association Highways Academy, supported by the A14 project.
  • 7 of 10. As part of the A14 project’s skills programme, we welcomed many work experience students on site, including this group of girls in October 2018.
  • 8 of 10. As part of the A14 project’s skills programme, we welcomed many work experience students on site, including this group of boys in July 2017.
  • 9 of 10. As part of the A14 project’s skills programme, we welcomed many work experience students on site, including this group of girls in October 2017.
  • 10 of 10. As part of the A14 project’s skills programme, we welcomed many teachers for site visits to inspire their careers work, including this group in May 2019.

We worked with over 40 local schools and colleges, attended over 260 career events, and engaged with career professionals, so they can learn how major construction and engineering projects like the A14 scheme are delivered, and find out what skills are needed to deliver them. We worked with a further 12 schools as part of our archaeological outreach programme.

We welcomed over 70 young people to attend work experience on the project, employed over 145 apprentices and 63 graduates across the project.

This newsletter highlights some of the work we did locally and how this work helped a variety of people.

You can also watch this video, which features some of the apprentice and other entry roles that were available on our scheme.