Enhancement of the railway across London requires the best team. To support this, the Thameslink Programme’s people focus is about getting the right people with the right skills into the right role to deliver this. It is also about up‑skilling the existing workforce, leaving a lasting skills and employment legacy to the industry and future projects; as well as providing the right culture within which to work and showing the utmost care during the closing stages of the programme; supporting the team in transitioning to new roles.

Thameslink Programme committed early on to investing in the skills needed to secure the programme’s delivery as well as putting in place steps to create a lasting skills legacy for the industry. Thameslink Programme worked with its contractors to fulfil specific skills and employment targets; including local and/or unemployed job starts, apprenticeships, work placements and work experience. Common challenges and the sharing of good practice was encouraged with our contractors through Employment and Skills forums.

Thameslink Programme operated as an integrated team bringing together professionals with specialist and technical skills from across the industry. At Thameslink’s peak, just under 1,000 people worked on the project; made up of direct employees, contingent staff, contractors and professional services. Through a joint vision, mission and set of values, people were able to align and collaborate effectively in support of delivering a world-class railway.