Nine Elms signs jobs pledge

The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership has signed a 20 year pledge to create thousands of new jobs, apprenticeship places and business opportunities.

The redevelopment of Nine Elms on the South Back is expected to deliver around 22,000 jobs during the construction phase. Once the building work is complete it is hoped the area will support an additional 25,000 permanent jobs.

The partnership’s members have now 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 generate job, apprenticeship and training opportunities targeted towards local residents in Wandsworth and Lambeth; and to help local firms develop the skills required for competitive tendering.

Leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Partnership 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.”

Every major planning application within the regeneration area is required to include an ’employment and skills plan’ setting out a commitment to providing apprenticeships and local jobs both during and after construction. The exact number is linked to the scale of the proposed development project.

Riverlight by St James Homes is the first development where the system has been put into practice. So far the site has provided 5 apprenticeships places for young Londoners, 73 student visits, 2 work experienced placements for local school children and 26 training shortcourses.

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.”

The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership will be at Place West London, the sub-regional economic summit which takes place on October 23.

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