Brent and SEGRO launch skills scheme

SEGRO and Brent Council have launched a joint scheme to help drive up levels of skills and employment in Brent and also enable new businesses to the Origin site identify and recruit a talented workforce.

Ocado and Mash Purveyors – who have already signed to occupy space at Origin – have already pledged their support to the training and development programme.

The goal is to develop a local, sustainable workforce that has the skills and training to match the needs of the businesses based in the area and help local residents to access job opportunities on Origin.

SEGRO acts as the broker between businesses on the Origin site and local residents via Brent Council’s Employment and Enterprise team. Together they work with the businesses to design a bespoke training and recruit plan to identify suitable candidates for interview.

The partnership also includes representation from local colleges, training providers including those from the voluntary and community sector and Jobcentre Plus to enhance the training and recruitment provision.

It is hoped that the programme will help local people gain long-term employment in one of the boroughs key employment areas, whilst delivering benefits to the community and local businesses.

Councillor Roxanne Mashari, Lead Member for Employment and Skills at Brent Council said: “On the back of the success of Wembley Works, we are extremely pleased to now launch this employment programme with SEGRO. This new scheme will ensure that local residents get access to jobs and skills in one of our key employment hubs. We look forward to working with SEGRO and our partners to achieve great results for businesses, residents and local communities.”

Alan Holland, Business Unit Director for London, said: “This joint scheme will benefit the businesses on Origin and the local community of Brent. We’re delighted to work with the council and make the vital connection between companies and their potential workforce.”

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