The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has called for more of the companies in the construction sector who are carrying out large projects in London, including Crossrail, to consider employing larger numbers of young people, and in particular young offenders.
The mayor was speaking at a special event designed to highlight the importance of providing more job opportunities for young people living in the London area. Other important speakers include Terry Morgan, Chairman of Crossrail, Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of Policing, and Dr Mary Harris from the National Grid Young Offender Programme.
Mayor Johnson wants to raise awareness of how important it is that young people, especially those who are finding it difficult to turn their life around, are given a chance to find employment on some of the large construction projects taking place in the London area such as Crossrail. Encouraging large companies such as Crossrail to provide employment opportunities for young offenders will help to break the prison cycle will help to save the taxpayers millions.
He wants to see more projects like the Olympic Delivery Authority’s pilot programme where placements have been provided for as many as 60 young offenders with the aim of helping them find permanent employment opportunities in the field of construction. A construction training course being run by the Prince’s Trust and the Mayor’s Office has helped many young offenders find work on projects such as Crossrail.
With several large construction projects ongoing in London, including Crossrail, construction and building is currently being seen as a very attractive career choice for young people. Mayor Johnson firmly believes that young people should be given a second chance and instead of writing them off once they have served time in prison, with the right training and skills, they can use course like Get into Construction and find gainful employment on important projects like Crossrail.
As part of the Crossrail employment and skills strategy, Crossrail has pledged to create thousands of long-term jobs for the people of London, and beyond. With an anticipated 14,000 new construction jobs likely to be available between 2013 and 2015, Crossrail have recently launched their Skills and Employment Strategy partnership with Job Centre Plus and local recruitment companies.
The Skills and Employment Strategy partnership is intended to be a benchmark of the Crossrail commitment towards helping people learn the necessary skills to deliver the Crossrail project. It is designed to make sure that local people are provided with as many opportunities as possible to find secure jobs on the massive Crossrail railway project. Job Centre Plus will work with Crossrail recruitment departments to help identify potential recruitment prospects and match them to the available Crossrail employment vacancies. Suitable candidates will be short-listed by Job Centre Plus and employment agencies.
Instead of launching a recruitment drive nationally in an attempt to fill the thousands of anticipated Crossrail employment vacancies, Crossrail is firmly committed to supporting the local job market and boosting employment in the wider London area. The Skills and Employment Strategy has been rolled out to help fulfil the company’s commitment to delivering this and future successful construction projects. By providing specific skills training in the field of railway and tunnelling construction, Crossrail believes that their employees will be able to take the first step on the ladder to a successful career in the construction industry.
By 2026, it is likely that 30,000 new jobs will have been created as a result of the Crossrail project in central London and many Londoners will benefit from the explosion in job prospects. With so many Crossrail employment opportunities looming on the horizon, London can look forward to enjoying a major period of regeneration and growth.
According to the Pre-Budget Report (PBR), the UK’s rail infrastructure is going to get a massive boost. No less than £3 billion worth of offers has been brought forward for the year 2010-2011. The rail industry has been one of the main sources of this financial aid, and the government is committed to bringing back millions into the rail industry. One of the largest projects being pushed by the Government is Crossrail.
All this expansion and investment means substantial increases in the number of Crossrail jobs along with the other vacancies within the industry. Many experienced rail workers are going to be needed, and Crossrail jobs should bring this otherwise ailing industry some much-needed breathing space.
Crossrail jobs and opportunities would fall into two different categories – direct and indirect. There would be direct recruitment with the CRL (Crossrail Ltd) and indirect recruitment for the Crossrail supply chain. According to CRL, the company would be procuring and managing as many as 60 Tier 1 packages with consultants, contractors and suppliers such as shaft work packages, civil engineering works including portals and tunnels.
On the other hand, there are direct job opportunities in urban landscaping, ticket halls, piling, fittings and diaphragm walling. In addition, railway systems also require work in depot and stock.
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With these extensive plans for increasing the rail transport, more opportunities will be created immediately. There are also more opportunities appearing on a regular basis. According to CRL, more Crossrail jobs should be available as soon as the construction begins in 2010 and many more as the tunnelling continues through 2011.
There are also opportunities abound from the extensive supply chain, and many of the small or medium sized opportunities would come from these supply chains or the Tier 1 contractors. These contractors or supply chains would need a plethora of services in order to complete the huge construction and railway contracts. In addition, the indirect opportunities would include designing, merchandising and manufacturing.
The Crossrail jobs are out there for the taking. Now is the beginning of your future.