Employment pledge heralds thousands of jobs

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


Central London’s biggest regeneration partnership has signed a 20 year pledge to create thousands of new jobs, apprenticeship places and business opportunities.

The redevelopment of Nine Elms on the South Back is expected to deliver around 22,000 jobs during the construction phase.

Once the building work is complete the area will support an additional 25,000 permanent jobs.

The regeneration zone includes more than 25 interconnected development sites, many of which are now in the construction phase.

Yesterday (Monday), members of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership unveiled the area’s Employment, Training and Business Charter which aims to maximise the benefits and opportunities stemming from this multi-billion pound investment scheme.

The charter sets the framework for an area wide employment and skills training programme which will run for the full 20 year construction timeline.

The charter includes pledges to:

  • Generate job, apprenticeship and training opportunities targeted towards local residents in Wandsworth and Lambeth
  • Focus opportunities towards unemployment people across the two boroughs
  • Work with local schools and colleges to provide students with workplace experience and career taster sessions
  • To work together and share resources to recruit, train and develop candidates from entry level and above
  • Make local businesses aware of contract opportunities and help local firms develop the skills required for competitive tendering

Leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Partnership Ravi Govindia said:

“Over the next 20 years this regeneration scheme will be one of the biggest drivers of new jobs and homes in the UK. Together with our partners we will ensure local people and local businesses are first to benefit.”

Leader of Lambeth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Steve Reed said:

“This charter brings together local authorities, local schools and education providers, the development industry and key partner agencies to provide a far reaching training and employment programme. It will maximise the supply of jobs to local people and bring valuable tendering opportunities to our local business community.”

Chief executive of New Covent Garden Market and chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Employment and Business Working Group Jan Lloyd said:

“Already there are hundreds of people working on this programme and we have seen the first of many apprentices, work placements and school visits take place. These will grow in number as more projects come on stream. The charter sets the framework for a far reaching and ambitious training programme which will be of huge benefit to people living locally”.

To find out about job opportunities at Nine Elms on the South Bank call the Battersea Jobshop on 020 7800 5306.

Every major planning application within the regeneration area is required to include an ’employment and skills plan’ setting out a commitment to providing apprenticeships and local jobs both during and after construction. The exact number is linked to the scale of the proposed development project.

Riverlight by St James Homes is the first development where the system has been put into practice. So far the site has provided 5 apprenticeships places for young Londoners, 73 student visits, 2 work experienced placements for local school children and 26 training shortcourses.

More major development sites will soon be breaking ground across the regeneration area providing a steady supply of work and skills training over the next 20 years. As more activity gets underway the scale and scope of the progamme will expand.

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Employment Charter Launched at Riverlight