More apprentices needed for Nine Elms site

Published: Thursday 20th June 13

Another ten apprenticeship places will soon be made available to local people on the Nine Elms on the South Bank investment programme.

Aerial view of Nine ElmsThe positions will be provided on St James Group's Riverlight development which was the first major scheme to get underway in this vast regeneration area.  

Riverlight has already created ten apprenticeship places which have been filled by young people from Battersea, Vauxhall and the surrounding areas.

The new paid, full-time roles will cover engineering, plumbing, dry-lining, carpentry, electrical, pipe fitting, painting and landscaping.

Wandsworth and Lambeth residents who wish to apply should email for more information.

Open days highlighting the changes taking place across Nine Elms on the South Bank take place on July 11 and 12.

St James has agreed to provide a total of 45 apprentice positions over the lifetime of the Riverlight project.

Currently there are around 400 people working on the site, with 20 per cent of the total workforce coming from the local area.

Working with the members of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, St James is also providing training opportunities to help local unemployed people get ready for the jobs market, work experience placements, student site visits and school workshops.

Other major developments sites will offer a similar range of job, apprenticeship, training and education opportunities including Embassy Gardens by Ballymore, the Battersea Power Station redevelopment project, Merano Residences by St James, Hampton House by St James and Spring Mews by CLS Holdings.

Leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Ravi Govindia said:

"Every planning consent we have granted in Nine Elms includes an agreement with the developer to provide jobs, apprenticeships and trainee positions for local people. This includes construction roles while the development is underway plus a share of the permanent positions once new places of work have been built.

"These opportunities are being made available to local candidates before they are released to the wider London market. Over the course of this 20 year development programme we are talking about thousands and thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships for the local community. That's an incredibly valuable legacy for this part of Battersea."

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