Lambeth Council has stepped up action on creating jobs with a series of initiatives and pledges to help get people into work, including a 20 year pledge to create thousands of jobs in Vauxhall and Nine Elms.
Leader of Lambeth Council Steve Reed joined his counterpart at Wandsworth Council last week to sign a 20 year pledge to create thousands of new jobs, apprenticeship places and business opportunities as part of the redevelopment of Nine Elms on the South Bank, Central London’s biggest regeneration partnership.
And on Wednesday night, Lambeth Council’s cabinet last night considered how it can ensure that local people can best capitalise on the expected 32,000 additional jobs that could be created in Lambeth over the next 20 years.
Cllr Jackie Meldrum, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet lead for Growth and enterprise, said: “Helping people into jobs is one of our absolute top priorities. I met an apprentice who feels he has been given a real chance through his apprenticeship, earning while he is learning and who is now working towards becoming an engineer. Lambeth’s approach means making working with businesses and colleges to make sure people have access to the right training, chances for apprenticeships and good jobs.”
Lambeth Council has made ‘More Jobs’ one of its top priorities and is launching a major campaign this month that seeks to drive job creation locally, create more apprenticeships, and equip people with the skills they need for the workplace.
A series of events are planned for the autumn that aim to bring together businesses, the council and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive growth strategy for the borough. For more on this see http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s49017/05a%20Growth%20Cab%20Report.pdf
The redevelopment of Nine Elms on the South Back is expected to deliver around 22,000 jobs during the construction phase, and once the building work is complete the area will support an additional 25,000 permanent jobs.
Last week 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:
o Generate job, apprenticeship and training opportunities targeted towards local residents in Wandsworth and Lambeth
o Focus opportunities towards tackling unemployment across the two boroughs
o Work with local schools and colleges to provide students’ with workplace experience and career taster sessions
o To work together and share resources to recruit, train and develop candidates from entry level and above
o Make local businesses aware of contract opportunities and help local firms them develop the skills required for competitive tendering
Speaking about the new 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.”
Leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair 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.”
Lambeth Council, in partnership with Lambeth College, also held an apprenticeship day last Wednesday for 16-24 year olds that put young people in direct contact with companies from high street banks and construction companies who are offering 38 apprenticeship opportunities. The council will soon be appointing an Apprenticeship Coordinator who will increase the number apprenticeship opportunities in the borough by working with local people, businesses and apprenticeship training providers.