New Street Jobs Deal Paves Way for Future Model

By on 08/03/2010 in News

A Jobs and Skills Charter has today been signed between Birmingham City Council and Network Rail to promote access to jobs and training as part of the redevelopment of New Street station.

The deal comes on the same day that Regional Minister Ian Austin visits Birmingham to  launch a new Midlands Procurement Framework for Jobs and Skills, aimed at retaining up to £16 billion worth of jobs and contracts on major developments within the region.

The Council is working to use the significant powers at its disposal, including where appropriate planning conditions, to ensure targeted recruitment and training clauses are introduced to gain the maximum benefits during the construction and operational stages of new developments, through the introduction of targeted recruitment and training clauses.

Network Rail expects that around 1,000 people will work on the redevelopment of New Street and local job seekers will be recruited through the Council's Employment Access Team.

A similar arrangement already in place will result in 250 jobs, including 25 apprenticeships, created over the life of the construction phase of the Library of Birmingham, with many more expected through projects such as Building Schools for the Future, the Highways PFI and Longbridge.

Cllr Neville Summerfield, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “At some level everyone looking to build or acquire land and property in the city must work with, or get permissions from, the City Council. This puts us in an ideal position to ensure the needs of city and its workforce are taken into account before any deals are finalised.

“By putting in place such arrangements this will not only benefit our residents but also the developers themselves, as through our Employment Access Team we can take all the uncertainty out of the recruitment process and provide a ready-made workforce who have been specifically matched to suit the needs of the employer, often at no cost to the companies themselves.”

The West Midlands framework has been developed by the West Midlands Economic Inclusion Panel, which brings together leaders from across the public, private and third sectors to find ways to tackle the £2bn output gap ascribed to worklessness in the West Midlands.

Set up in 2008 to address the region's worklessness challenge, the Panel has focussed on developing a strategic approach to public procurement as a key driver in tackling worklessness.

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