Scheme creating jobs and apprenticeships in Southampton

Royston Smith

Royston Smith

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

AN industry-backed scheme is creating hundreds of local jobs and apprentices through construction projects in Southampton worth more than £1 billion.

Construction firms are providing the employment opportunities under targets agreed with the council for each development in a bid to promote further economic growth in the city.

The council, which has been pioneering employment and skills plans in the county as part of major developments, has now been given a recognised status by the construction industry training board (CITB).

Eighteen employment and skills plans agreed in the past 18 months for £220m of developments in the city have already created 36 apprenticeships, more than 220 jobs, and more than 300 work placements for out-ofwork residents. The number of apprenticeships is set to reach 61 by the time the plans run out at the end of 2013.

Another nine projects, worth £90m, are set to bring a further 30 apprenticeships and 65 jobs next year.

And seven more developments in the pipeline, totalling £1.2 billion, are forecast to create 141 jobs and 114 apprenticeships.

There are now about 5,750 people on the dole in Southampton, nearly one-third aged under 25, with four people going for each job and the unemployment rate rising.

Under Southampton’s national academy for construction skills status, the number of jobs and apprenticeships required for major developments are now set under national benchmarks, with additional local targets tailored for poorer areas of the city or those with higher numbers of young people not in education, employment or training.

Links have been made with City College and local job centres to advertise the positions and pre-employment training is given to prepare t h e long-term unemployed to apply for the roles.

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The guidelines have already been used to agree employment and skills plans with Kier for the new £15m Sea City Museum, as part of Crest Nicholson’s 1,600 homes development at Woolston riverside, the £15m estate regeneration project at Hinkler in Thornhill by Barratt Homes, and the council’s new City Depot and recycling park, which was built by Mansell Construction.

Council leader Councillor Royston Smith, pictured left, said that the status was already starting to reap benefits for local residents.

“Southampton is already one of the best performing cities for apprenticeship growth in the south-east and we want to make sure that growth keeps pace,” he said.

“The council will look to use the guidelines to promote training, apprenticeships and job opportunities across the city, as well as increasing educational opportunities for young people via vocational training.”

Roger Stone, sector strategy manager for CITB-Construction Skills in the south, said: “To emerge successfully from recession we need to ensure that we make the right investment in skills and training.

“This client-led approach does exactly that, promoting growth at a local level by giving help and guidance to councils and contractors – the people that can really impact on the local skills and employment landscape.”

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12:31pm Tue 13 Dec 11

loosehead says...

Great to see the council taking a positive role in getting apprenticeships in the private sector plus extra work for local people but I expect people will post slag offs of Royston & the council as per usual
Great to see the council taking a positive role in getting apprenticeships in the private sector plus extra work for local people but I expect people will post slag offs of Royston & the council as per usual loosehead
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1:51pm Tue 13 Dec 11

Lone Ranger. says...

Well done ........... actually doing a project that is a benefit NOW and not in 20 years time.
Well done ........... actually doing a project that is a benefit NOW and not in 20 years time. Lone Ranger.
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2:02pm Tue 13 Dec 11

The Salv says...

Well done Council, well done Royston.
Well done Council, well done Royston. The Salv
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2:33pm Tue 13 Dec 11

Condor Man says...

Good, lets start building our way out of the gloom. The city needs at least 1000 new homes to buy, get them built, money will be in the bank and that will help the local economy grow for years to come.
Good, lets start building our way out of the gloom. The city needs at least 1000 new homes to buy, get them built, money will be in the bank and that will help the local economy grow for years to come. Condor Man
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5:41pm Tue 13 Dec 11

Paramjit Bahia says...

With far fewer vacancies around than ever rising number of people desperately looking for a job, whatever little is done has got to be a small step in the right direction
.
Main objective should be to protect the existing jobs, thus stop more and more from being added to the long line of unemployed people (A Tory speciality)
.
How can Southampton Council under Cllr. Smith’s control be doing anything other than destructive when planning to force workers out of their jobs? Sadly closet Conservative NuLabourite Cllr. Williams also has predicted that he too will destroy 1500 jobs, thus further boosting the list of people out of work.
With far fewer vacancies around than ever rising number of people desperately looking for a job, whatever little is done has got to be a small step in the right direction . Main objective should be to protect the existing jobs, thus stop more and more from being added to the long line of unemployed people (A Tory speciality) . How can Southampton Council under Cllr. Smith’s control be doing anything other than destructive when planning to force workers out of their jobs? Sadly closet Conservative NuLabourite Cllr. Williams also has predicted that he too will destroy 1500 jobs, thus further boosting the list of people out of work. Paramjit Bahia
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9:20pm Tue 13 Dec 11

loosehead says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
With far fewer vacancies around than ever rising number of people desperately looking for a job, whatever little is done has got to be a small step in the right direction
.
Main objective should be to protect the existing jobs, thus stop more and more from being added to the long line of unemployed people (A Tory speciality)
.
How can Southampton Council under Cllr. Smith’s control be doing anything other than destructive when planning to force workers out of their jobs? Sadly closet Conservative NuLabourite Cllr. Williams also has predicted that he too will destroy 1500 jobs, thus further boosting the list of people out of work.
So Gordan Brown was a closet Tory? Maybe Dennis Healy was as well?
2.5million unemployed before this coalition took over with more & more companies going to Eastern Europe & the guy let in 3million plus eastern europeans.
But Paramjit in all honesty if these people had come here would our people filled the 3million vacancies? Be HONEST please
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: With far fewer vacancies around than ever rising number of people desperately looking for a job, whatever little is done has got to be a small step in the right direction . Main objective should be to protect the existing jobs, thus stop more and more from being added to the long line of unemployed people (A Tory speciality) . How can Southampton Council under Cllr. Smith’s control be doing anything other than destructive when planning to force workers out of their jobs? Sadly closet Conservative NuLabourite Cllr. Williams also has predicted that he too will destroy 1500 jobs, thus further boosting the list of people out of work.[/p][/quote]So Gordan Brown was a closet Tory? Maybe Dennis Healy was as well? 2.5million unemployed before this coalition took over with more & more companies going to Eastern Europe & the guy let in 3million plus eastern europeans. But Paramjit in all honesty if these people had come here would our people filled the 3million vacancies? Be HONEST please loosehead
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2:16am Wed 14 Dec 11

Paramjit Bahia says...

loosehead wrote:
Paramjit Bahia wrote:
With far fewer vacancies around than ever rising number of people desperately looking for a job, whatever little is done has got to be a small step in the right direction
.
Main objective should be to protect the existing jobs, thus stop more and more from being added to the long line of unemployed people (A Tory speciality)
.
How can Southampton Council under Cllr. Smith’s control be doing anything other than destructive when planning to force workers out of their jobs? Sadly closet Conservative NuLabourite Cllr. Williams also has predicted that he too will destroy 1500 jobs, thus further boosting the list of people out of work.
So Gordan Brown was a closet Tory? Maybe Dennis Healy was as well?
2.5million unemployed before this coalition took over with more & more companies going to Eastern Europe & the guy let in 3million plus eastern europeans.
But Paramjit in all honesty if these people had come here would our people filled the 3million vacancies? Be HONEST please
Only few years ago people were saying similar things about likes of I, and some fascists still do that, but many others have found a new target poor poles and other East Europeans
.
But hardly anybody is willing to look at the causes
.

For example the EU, which allows free movement within its member states. Admittedly last Labour government allowed this to Poland bit earlier than some other states
.
Along with rest of ‘Western Powers’ EU also encouraged the fall of Eastern Block through propaganda about how life on this side was easy and rosy, which contributed towards building unrealistic hopes in the minds of many. Now the victims of that propaganda are finding the truth hard way
.
Under the excuse of democracy and modernisation the EU has helped in destroying their old style less productive industrial bases, which with all their faults used to serve the purpose of providing jobs to large number of people. So what choice these people were left with, but to move to where they thought pavements were covered with gold
.
At the same time the same EU has encouraged movement of many manufacturing firms from our UK to new member states often by encouraging them with subsidies paid out of UK’s contributions to EU, which in fact come out of taxes of people like you and me. So we lose jobs and with modern methods of production new plants do not create sufficient job in their new location
.
So what you complain about is mere end result of something sinister known as EU, and mostly working people are its victims all over the place. Yes before you bring it up, whatever little is left of our welfare state has also attracted some but not all the people
.
Hey look on the bright side. Poles have provided new lease of life to many Roman Catholic churches, which are doing financillay well out of their cash contributions.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: With far fewer vacancies around than ever rising number of people desperately looking for a job, whatever little is done has got to be a small step in the right direction . Main objective should be to protect the existing jobs, thus stop more and more from being added to the long line of unemployed people (A Tory speciality) . How can Southampton Council under Cllr. Smith’s control be doing anything other than destructive when planning to force workers out of their jobs? Sadly closet Conservative NuLabourite Cllr. Williams also has predicted that he too will destroy 1500 jobs, thus further boosting the list of people out of work.[/p][/quote]So Gordan Brown was a closet Tory? Maybe Dennis Healy was as well? 2.5million unemployed before this coalition took over with more & more companies going to Eastern Europe & the guy let in 3million plus eastern europeans. But Paramjit in all honesty if these people had come here would our people filled the 3million vacancies? Be HONEST please[/p][/quote]Only few years ago people were saying similar things about likes of I, and some fascists still do that, but many others have found a new target poor poles and other East Europeans . But hardly anybody is willing to look at the causes . For example the EU, which allows free movement within its member states. Admittedly last Labour government allowed this to Poland bit earlier than some other states . Along with rest of ‘Western Powers’ EU also encouraged the fall of Eastern Block through propaganda about how life on this side was easy and rosy, which contributed towards building unrealistic hopes in the minds of many. Now the victims of that propaganda are finding the truth hard way . Under the excuse of democracy and modernisation the EU has helped in destroying their old style less productive industrial bases, which with all their faults used to serve the purpose of providing jobs to large number of people. So what choice these people were left with, but to move to where they thought pavements were covered with gold . At the same time the same EU has encouraged movement of many manufacturing firms from our UK to new member states often by encouraging them with subsidies paid out of UK’s contributions to EU, which in fact come out of taxes of people like you and me. So we lose jobs and with modern methods of production new plants do not create sufficient job in their new location . So what you complain about is mere end result of something sinister known as EU, and mostly working people are its victims all over the place. Yes before you bring it up, whatever little is left of our welfare state has also attracted some but not all the people . Hey look on the bright side. Poles have provided new lease of life to many Roman Catholic churches, which are doing financillay well out of their cash contributions. Paramjit Bahia
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8:19am Wed 14 Dec 11

loosehead says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Paramjit Bahia wrote:
With far fewer vacancies around than ever rising number of people desperately looking for a job, whatever little is done has got to be a small step in the right direction
.
Main objective should be to protect the existing jobs, thus stop more and more from being added to the long line of unemployed people (A Tory speciality)
.
How can Southampton Council under Cllr. Smith’s control be doing anything other than destructive when planning to force workers out of their jobs? Sadly closet Conservative NuLabourite Cllr. Williams also has predicted that he too will destroy 1500 jobs, thus further boosting the list of people out of work.
So Gordan Brown was a closet Tory? Maybe Dennis Healy was as well?
2.5million unemployed before this coalition took over with more & more companies going to Eastern Europe & the guy let in 3million plus eastern europeans.
But Paramjit in all honesty if these people had come here would our people filled the 3million vacancies? Be HONEST please
Only few years ago people were saying similar things about likes of I, and some fascists still do that, but many others have found a new target poor poles and other East Europeans
.
But hardly anybody is willing to look at the causes
.

For example the EU, which allows free movement within its member states. Admittedly last Labour government allowed this to Poland bit earlier than some other states
.
Along with rest of ‘Western Powers’ EU also encouraged the fall of Eastern Block through propaganda about how life on this side was easy and rosy, which contributed towards building unrealistic hopes in the minds of many. Now the victims of that propaganda are finding the truth hard way
.
Under the excuse of democracy and modernisation the EU has helped in destroying their old style less productive industrial bases, which with all their faults used to serve the purpose of providing jobs to large number of people. So what choice these people were left with, but to move to where they thought pavements were covered with gold
.
At the same time the same EU has encouraged movement of many manufacturing firms from our UK to new member states often by encouraging them with subsidies paid out of UK’s contributions to EU, which in fact come out of taxes of people like you and me. So we lose jobs and with modern methods of production new plants do not create sufficient job in their new location
.
So what you complain about is mere end result of something sinister known as EU, and mostly working people are its victims all over the place. Yes before you bring it up, whatever little is left of our welfare state has also attracted some but not all the people
.
Hey look on the bright side. Poles have provided new lease of life to many Roman Catholic churches, which are doing financillay well out of their cash contributions.
Paramjit please don't get me wrong I've lived abroad & I feel I would be a hypocrite to moan about someone moving legitimately from one country to another.
It's the fact these people can come here find work yet our own populace can't & I was asking take away the Eastern immigrants & would we no longer have a dole queue or would it prove no matter how many vacancies there would be at least 1million unemployed & I was asking you to be honest & say if you agreed or disagreed with that.
I am anti European but if we wen't the way of Germany we would have no youth unemployment as any without jobs would be conscripted there's 1 million less on the dole.
I hope this council brings many new jobs to the city & to add to the above figure there's 400 vacancies might be happening at Lordshill with the building of the new Lidl warehouse,
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: With far fewer vacancies around than ever rising number of people desperately looking for a job, whatever little is done has got to be a small step in the right direction . Main objective should be to protect the existing jobs, thus stop more and more from being added to the long line of unemployed people (A Tory speciality) . How can Southampton Council under Cllr. Smith’s control be doing anything other than destructive when planning to force workers out of their jobs? Sadly closet Conservative NuLabourite Cllr. Williams also has predicted that he too will destroy 1500 jobs, thus further boosting the list of people out of work.[/p][/quote]So Gordan Brown was a closet Tory? Maybe Dennis Healy was as well? 2.5million unemployed before this coalition took over with more & more companies going to Eastern Europe & the guy let in 3million plus eastern europeans. But Paramjit in all honesty if these people had come here would our people filled the 3million vacancies? Be HONEST please[/p][/quote]Only few years ago people were saying similar things about likes of I, and some fascists still do that, but many others have found a new target poor poles and other East Europeans . But hardly anybody is willing to look at the causes . For example the EU, which allows free movement within its member states. Admittedly last Labour government allowed this to Poland bit earlier than some other states . Along with rest of ‘Western Powers’ EU also encouraged the fall of Eastern Block through propaganda about how life on this side was easy and rosy, which contributed towards building unrealistic hopes in the minds of many. Now the victims of that propaganda are finding the truth hard way . Under the excuse of democracy and modernisation the EU has helped in destroying their old style less productive industrial bases, which with all their faults used to serve the purpose of providing jobs to large number of people. So what choice these people were left with, but to move to where they thought pavements were covered with gold . At the same time the same EU has encouraged movement of many manufacturing firms from our UK to new member states often by encouraging them with subsidies paid out of UK’s contributions to EU, which in fact come out of taxes of people like you and me. So we lose jobs and with modern methods of production new plants do not create sufficient job in their new location . So what you complain about is mere end result of something sinister known as EU, and mostly working people are its victims all over the place. Yes before you bring it up, whatever little is left of our welfare state has also attracted some but not all the people . Hey look on the bright side. Poles have provided new lease of life to many Roman Catholic churches, which are doing financillay well out of their cash contributions.[/p][/quote]Paramjit please don't get me wrong I've lived abroad & I feel I would be a hypocrite to moan about someone moving legitimately from one country to another. It's the fact these people can come here find work yet our own populace can't & I was asking take away the Eastern immigrants & would we no longer have a dole queue or would it prove no matter how many vacancies there would be at least 1million unemployed & I was asking you to be honest & say if you agreed or disagreed with that. I am anti European but if we wen't the way of Germany we would have no youth unemployment as any without jobs would be conscripted there's 1 million less on the dole. I hope this council brings many new jobs to the city & to add to the above figure there's 400 vacancies might be happening at Lordshill with the building of the new Lidl warehouse, loosehead
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8:20am Wed 14 Dec 11

loosehead says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Paramjit Bahia wrote:
With far fewer vacancies around than ever rising number of people desperately looking for a job, whatever little is done has got to be a small step in the right direction
.
Main objective should be to protect the existing jobs, thus stop more and more from being added to the long line of unemployed people (A Tory speciality)
.
How can Southampton Council under Cllr. Smith’s control be doing anything other than destructive when planning to force workers out of their jobs? Sadly closet Conservative NuLabourite Cllr. Williams also has predicted that he too will destroy 1500 jobs, thus further boosting the list of people out of work.
So Gordan Brown was a closet Tory? Maybe Dennis Healy was as well?
2.5million unemployed before this coalition took over with more & more companies going to Eastern Europe & the guy let in 3million plus eastern europeans.
But Paramjit in all honesty if these people had come here would our people filled the 3million vacancies? Be HONEST please
Only few years ago people were saying similar things about likes of I, and some fascists still do that, but many others have found a new target poor poles and other East Europeans
.
But hardly anybody is willing to look at the causes
.

For example the EU, which allows free movement within its member states. Admittedly last Labour government allowed this to Poland bit earlier than some other states
.
Along with rest of ‘Western Powers’ EU also encouraged the fall of Eastern Block through propaganda about how life on this side was easy and rosy, which contributed towards building unrealistic hopes in the minds of many. Now the victims of that propaganda are finding the truth hard way
.
Under the excuse of democracy and modernisation the EU has helped in destroying their old style less productive industrial bases, which with all their faults used to serve the purpose of providing jobs to large number of people. So what choice these people were left with, but to move to where they thought pavements were covered with gold
.
At the same time the same EU has encouraged movement of many manufacturing firms from our UK to new member states often by encouraging them with subsidies paid out of UK’s contributions to EU, which in fact come out of taxes of people like you and me. So we lose jobs and with modern methods of production new plants do not create sufficient job in their new location
.
So what you complain about is mere end result of something sinister known as EU, and mostly working people are its victims all over the place. Yes before you bring it up, whatever little is left of our welfare state has also attracted some but not all the people
.
Hey look on the bright side. Poles have provided new lease of life to many Roman Catholic churches, which are doing financillay well out of their cash contributions.
Sorry forgot to mention my wife is Thai
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: With far fewer vacancies around than ever rising number of people desperately looking for a job, whatever little is done has got to be a small step in the right direction . Main objective should be to protect the existing jobs, thus stop more and more from being added to the long line of unemployed people (A Tory speciality) . How can Southampton Council under Cllr. Smith’s control be doing anything other than destructive when planning to force workers out of their jobs? Sadly closet Conservative NuLabourite Cllr. Williams also has predicted that he too will destroy 1500 jobs, thus further boosting the list of people out of work.[/p][/quote]So Gordan Brown was a closet Tory? Maybe Dennis Healy was as well? 2.5million unemployed before this coalition took over with more & more companies going to Eastern Europe & the guy let in 3million plus eastern europeans. But Paramjit in all honesty if these people had come here would our people filled the 3million vacancies? Be HONEST please[/p][/quote]Only few years ago people were saying similar things about likes of I, and some fascists still do that, but many others have found a new target poor poles and other East Europeans . But hardly anybody is willing to look at the causes . For example the EU, which allows free movement within its member states. Admittedly last Labour government allowed this to Poland bit earlier than some other states . Along with rest of ‘Western Powers’ EU also encouraged the fall of Eastern Block through propaganda about how life on this side was easy and rosy, which contributed towards building unrealistic hopes in the minds of many. Now the victims of that propaganda are finding the truth hard way . Under the excuse of democracy and modernisation the EU has helped in destroying their old style less productive industrial bases, which with all their faults used to serve the purpose of providing jobs to large number of people. So what choice these people were left with, but to move to where they thought pavements were covered with gold . At the same time the same EU has encouraged movement of many manufacturing firms from our UK to new member states often by encouraging them with subsidies paid out of UK’s contributions to EU, which in fact come out of taxes of people like you and me. So we lose jobs and with modern methods of production new plants do not create sufficient job in their new location . So what you complain about is mere end result of something sinister known as EU, and mostly working people are its victims all over the place. Yes before you bring it up, whatever little is left of our welfare state has also attracted some but not all the people . Hey look on the bright side. Poles have provided new lease of life to many Roman Catholic churches, which are doing financillay well out of their cash contributions.[/p][/quote]Sorry forgot to mention my wife is Thai loosehead
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