Employment and training on the breakfast menu!
Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Education, Local Government
Contractors join Sanctuary staff and CITB representatives at London breakfast meeting
Sanctuary Group hosted a breakfast meeting at its Wood Green offices in London at the end of last month to discuss training and employment initiatives with development contractors working on its 2011-2015 construction programme.
This development programme will see the leading housing and care provider build around 5,000 units of accommodation at a cost of over £750 million between now and March 2015, with grant funding from both the Homes & Communities Agency and the Scottish Government.
Sanctuary is committed to ensuring that its developments meet the needs of the local community not only through the high quality homes it builds, but also through the employment opportunities it creates, and is keen that the contractors it works with show an equal commitment to providing jobs and training.
As part of its development programme, Sanctuary will deliver over 450 affordable new homes in London by March 2015, and in line with the Greater London Authority & the Mayor’s objectives, it will be seeking to create and retain apprenticeships through its construction contracts.
The breakfast meeting at Sanctuary’s London headquarters was attended by representatives from Ardmore, Bennetts, Bowmer and Kirkland, Bugler, Mar City and Willmott Dixon, who enjoyed coffee and pastries while hearing more about Sanctuary’s employment and training objectives.
David Gooch, Sanctuary’s director of development for London, gave an overview of development projects underway in the London area, while Cath Jordan, Sanctuary’s National Projects Manager, spoke about the national model Sanctuary has developed in recent years to ensure that training and employment is treated as a core requirement at each of its developments.
Cath Jordan also introduced representatives from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), explaining that Sanctuary has recently been awarded National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) status, official accreditation from the CITB for its commitment to employment through its development programme.
Sanctuary will be working with its contractors to create student placements and a range of apprenticeship opportunities (bricklaying, plastering and other building skills), as well as forging closer links with schools and colleges, and creating new jobs on site specifically for those from the local area.
David Gooch, Sanctuary’s director of development for London, added: “While traditionally we’ve encouraged our contractors to use local resources, this framework brings a structure and an expectation of training and job opportunities, whatever the size of the project. The presentations at the breakfast meeting sparked a great deal of positive interest, and we look forward to on-going cooperation and commitment from the contractors we work with on both existing and future projects.”
Eillish Kwai, Employment & Skills Manger at Ardmore Construction, said: “The breakfast meeting was extremely useful, and from our perspective, this commitment to training and employment is a winning combination for everyone. As a main contractor, Ardmore certainly recognises the importance of employing apprentices, as it helps secure the future for the young people themselves and also helps ensure the availability of skilled tradespeople within the construction industry.”
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Notes to editors:
Contractors join Sanctuary staff and CITB representatives at last week’s breakfast meeting.
About Sanctuary Group
Established i1969, Sanctuary Group is responsible for the provision of social housing, care and management services across England and Scotland. It owns or operates over 94,000 units of accommodation and employs around 10,000 people.
The Group operates under a not for profit umbrella, with surpluses reinvested into the provision of affordable housing, the maintenance of existing properties, and the development of new services for customers.
Sanctuary is an Industrial and Provident Society, an exempt charity under the Charities Act 1993 and is regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency.
About NSAfC status
The National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC), led by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), is a project-based training concept aimed to help clients and contractors get the right skills they need on site. For more information, visit http://www.cskills.org/nsacademy/ .
Our London Affordable Homes Programme
Sanctuary is working with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to deliver 467 homes across five London Boroughs – Barnet, Hackney, Haringey, Newham & Waltham Forest.
For more information, please contact Julie Wedgbury, PR officer - development, on 01905 334693 or Sophia Wolsey, PR & Events Coordinator, on 01905 335318.