Affordable workspace and apprenticeship schemes in Brent have scooped two prestigious regional awards.
The Wembley Park Apprenticeships programme with the council’s ‘Brent Works’ service and Quintain, and the authority’s affordable workspace projects in Wembley and Alperton scooped the honours in the Employment and Placemaking categories at the Place West London Awards, which celebrate “excellence and innovation in economic development and regeneration in the West London region.”
Judges in the ‘Employment’ category were impressed at how as part of the regeneration taking place in Wembley, the council worked with developer Quintain to provide nearly 200 apprenticeship opportunities to meet the demand for labour onsite, but also to provide local residents with job opportunities.
Brent’s programme to deliver creative affordable workspace in the borough also wowed the judges in the ‘Placemaking’ category – with flagship projects in two of the borough’s largest regeneration areas, Wembley and Alperton, singled out for recognition.
The affordable workspace at Wembley, which has been provided in partnership with Quintain and Second Floor Studios and Arts, and the Alperton scheme which is being delivered with Network Homes and Artist Studio Company, together provide almost 20,000sq ft of workspace for creative entrepreneurs at low rents.
There was great news also for Brent as it was ‘highly commended’ for its Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy programme, which has seen around £2m awarded to 55 community projects, including a digital employment skills hub, new play equipment in Woodcock Park, the Preston Road Community Library fit out and the new Brent Indian Association Mural on Ealing Road.
Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Highways and Planning, said: “Everyone at the council works hard to ensure that the regeneration that’s happening in Brent, directly benefits Brent residents and business, which means supporting the local economy, creating job opportunities and investing the proceeds of development back into the community and local area.
“Receiving this recognition from the Place West London awards is testament to all of the hard work the council is putting in to help improve lives in the borough, and so my heartfelt thanks and congratulations go to everyone involved in these projects.”
Cllr Amer Agha, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Employment and Skills, said:
“We’re committed to providing every young person in Brent with the best start in life possible, which includes providing the education, the skills and opportunities they need to succeed.
“Receiving these awards is recognition is of the great work that the council is doing in making that commitment a reality and no doubt reassuring for our young people to know that if they are looking for their first job, there is award-winning help available right here in Brent.”