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The Highways Academy will train 129 new apprentices and graduates during the A14 upgrade works, and is run by Huntingdon-based West Anglia Training Association (WATA).

Highways England said the courses will provide road construction and maintenance training to help deliver not only the A14, but support the government’s record road investment up and down the country over the coming years.

“The A14 bypass is a massive road upgrade, a vital road for Cambridgeshire, and will drastically improve journeys, making them quicker, safer and more reliable for motorists,” Hayes said. “We are spending a record £15 billion on improving our roads and it is only right this not only benefits motorists, but also provides people with jobs and skills they need for the future. These apprentices are helping build the largest road upgrade in Britain; they can be justly proud.”

The Highways Academy has been developed in collaboration with a number of partners including Highways England’s A14 team and Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership, and is part of the government’s long-term plans to support increased investment in road infrastructure.

Gerard Smith, legacy manager for the A14 project, added:

“The Highways Academy will be crucial to provide young people the skills they need to work on roads projects and maintenance, including the A14. We are delighted this hard work is coming to fruition and look forward to welcoming apprentices from the WATA Highways Academy into our teams soon.”