Royal Albert Dock developer ABP has joined forces with Newham Council and construction principal sub-contractor Multiplex to make positive contributions to the local community by creating new job opportunities while educating and inspiring the future generations of construction professionals.
Since the project started, there has already been 45 candidates placed in jobs on the site including construction staff, canteen staff, logistics and plant operatives, cleaners and welfare staff through Newham Council’s job brokerage scheme Workplace.
Workplace was set up by Newham Council in 2007 and offers free advice and support to Newham residents seeking employment, training and work experience. As part of Section 106 planning obligations ABP contributes funding towards the council service.
One worker who was taken on as a forward tipping dumper driver within two days of contacting Workplace is Bislem Hisenovski. He said: “I am very pleased Workplace is working closely with ABP to help local residents like me get access to the job opportunities on the site. It makes sense for them to employ local people like me as it is easy for us to get to work, even when there are travel and traffic delays.”
On average 22% of the onsite work force are Newham residents.
Cultivating the future construction professionals
Tens of thousands of new jobs will be created when the Royal Albert Dock development is complete and one of the reasons why ABP was chosen among competitive bidders to develop the old dockland site was its significant commitment towards job creation for the local community and London as a whole.
Members of the Multiplex Graduate Programme and CITIC have been at the forefront of hosting monthly visits from University of East London students at Royal Albert Dock, since October 2017. The UEL students are all in Year 1 studying Construction Management and Civil Engineering.
Multiplex has also reached out to local schools and colleges such as Newvic and UTC, offering support on different areas of construction expertise such as Health & Safety and BIM. It has supported and will continue to support initiatives such as ‘World of Work week’ in the High schools and the ‘Brilliant Builds’ project in the local Primaries.
Another aspect of the engagement programme is working with career advisors such as, Department of Work and Pensions, and Newham Careers and Guidance Network, helping these organisations to understand the variety of job opportunities within the industry.
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “We have always strived to ensure our regeneration schemes deliver benefits for our residents, whether it’s through jobs and training or with new homes and facilities for them to enjoy. It’s great to see that so many residents are already benefitting from the opportunities available at this site and expect there will be lots more throughout the years.”
John Miu, Chief Operating Officer at ABP in London, said: “ABP is committed to growing with the local community in all the projects we develop. By working together we can ensure a mutually beneficial relationship and it allows us to offer jobs and business opportunities to the community. This is an ongoing effort and we look forward to residents’ continuous support and participation.”
To keep local people up to date with the construction work, ABP and Multiplex have launched a local community website. Local residents, schools and businesses who want to know more about opportunities and the latest construction progress can access the website via http://www.royal-albert-dock.com.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About ABP Royal Albert Dock
- ABP has an enviable track record for large-scale regeneration developments. ABP’s first project in Beijing 2003 was completed in 2010, the 15 million sq ft development is home to more than 500 companies employing 50,000 employees. ABP continues to make an impact with developments underway in Qingdao and Shenyang, and plans for a massive 180 million sq ft project in Haining.
- In 2013, ABP acquired the 35-acre Royal Albert Dock site. The first phase of around 650,000 sq ft of development is due to open in early 2019 to coincide with the arrival of Crossrail in the Royal Docks.
- ABP is committed to investing £1.7bn to deliver and create this 4.7 million sq ft new district in London. According to government figures, the project will create over 30,000 new jobs and bring £6bn to the economy
- Since May 2017 there have been 45 Workplace candidates placed in jobs on the site.
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