Non-job of the week

July 18, 2012 4:46 PM

In January HS2 Ltd were advertising for Community Liaison and Stakeholder Managers and Advisers, and Community Forums Managers. I commented in May they were also recruiting a Head of Public Affairs. Of course, recruitment is still ongoing as the Government intends to carry on with this huge and wasteful vanity project.

If you take a look at HS2's website, you will find they are looking for six Community & Stakeholder Engagement Advisers, an Editor who will be responsible for written material, a Head of Promotional Strategy, seven Property Acquisition Managers,  and many more vacancies focusing on communication. Here's part of the job description for a Community & Stakeholder Engagement Adviser:
As part of the Community Liaison and Stakeholder teams, you will be central in engaging with local authorities, communities and stakeholders across the London West Midlands Route of the HS2 project, from inception to completion, though with a particular focus on a dedicated area. You will play a pivotal role in working with local communities, HS2 area engineers and environmentalists, to identify local priorities and explore opportunities for developing local community benefits and brokering solutions.

As the majority of people living along the proposed route are against the project, as are the majority of affected local authorities too, the job won't  be easy. Not that it's just those living along the route who are opposed to this white elephant. In an opinion poll we commissioned last year, only 34% of the public are in favour of HS2. 48% want it scrapped, and this figure rises to 59% in Scotland.

One thing I am certain of though is as it becomes increasingly difficult for HS2's spin machine to win more hearts and minds, more people will be recruited by the Communications Department in a vain attempt to convince us we really need to spend tens of billions of pounds on this rich man's train.In January HS2 Ltd were advertising for Community Liaison and Stakeholder Managers and Advisers, and Community Forums Managers. I commented in May they were also recruiting a Head of Public Affairs. Of course, recruitment is still ongoing as the Government intends to carry on with this huge and wasteful vanity project.

If you take a look at HS2's website, you will find they are looking for six Community & Stakeholder Engagement Advisers, an Editor who will be responsible for written material, a Head of Promotional Strategy, seven Property Acquisition Managers,  and many more vacancies focusing on communication. Here's part of the job description for a Community & Stakeholder Engagement Adviser:
As part of the Community Liaison and Stakeholder teams, you will be central in engaging with local authorities, communities and stakeholders across the London West Midlands Route of the HS2 project, from inception to completion, though with a particular focus on a dedicated area. You will play a pivotal role in working with local communities, HS2 area engineers and environmentalists, to identify local priorities and explore opportunities for developing local community benefits and brokering solutions.

As the majority of people living along the proposed route are against the project, as are the majority of affected local authorities too, the job won't  be easy. Not that it's just those living along the route who are opposed to this white elephant. In an opinion poll we commissioned last year, only 34% of the public are in favour of HS2. 48% want it scrapped, and this figure rises to 59% in Scotland.

One thing I am certain of though is as it becomes increasingly difficult for HS2's spin machine to win more hearts and minds, more people will be recruited by the Communications Department in a vain attempt to convince us we really need to spend tens of billions of pounds on this rich man's train.

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