Local Southwark residents chosen for Heygate demolition jobs

Over 20 local Southwark residents have been given jobs or training as part of the demolition of the Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle thanks to a new partnership set up to create employment and training opportunities for the local community. Lend Lease is delivering Southwark Council’s regeneration of Elephant and Castle.

As part of the project, Lend Lease’s charity - Be Onsite - has partnered with us to provide job opportunities to Southwark residents. Over the next 15 years, the regeneration will create around 5,000 new jobs in the local area. The Partnership kicked off with a Jobs Fair earlier this month, held at our new ‘pop-up’ training facility at Thurlow Street on the Aylesbury estate.

The Fair was run in collaboration with Keltbray, which has been selected by Lend Lease, on behalf of Southwark Council, to be its demolition contractor for the Heygate Estate. On the day, Keltbray received over 30 applications for work or training from local people, and the company has already been able to successfully place seven previously unemployed Southwark residents into work on the Heygate estate. Some of the applicants to Keltbray have also been fast tracked onto their in-house training, which kicked-off last week in preparation for beginning work shortly.

The remaining young people have been put forward for upcoming training with the Trust to prepare them for future opportunities. Commenting on the new partnership, Pascal Mittermaier, Lend Lease’s Project Director, said: “Through our regeneration of Elephant & Castle we are committed to delivering job opportunities for young local residents but too often we find that applicants unfortunately do not have the appropriate skills for the positions that are available.

This new partnership with Construction Youth Trust therefore provides us with a perfect opportunity to close this skills gap and make sure that local residents can find employment on the project”. Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "We have stated all along that this regeneration is about the people who live and work in Elephant and Castle. It's extremely important that any opportunities the regeneration brings are open to local people throughout the life of the project, especially employment opportunities. I'm really pleased that young people will get a chance to be involved in shaping the environment that will be theirs to enjoy for years to come." Commenting on the Job Fair, George Dunstall, London and South East Manager at the Trust, said: “The results from the day are a clear indication of the importance that organisations such as Construction Youth Trust play in offering young people a chance to show themselves off to employers who often miss local talent. That the fair took place in the community highlighted the importance of ensuring events like this are accessible to those that wish to attend and is at the core of what the Trust aims to do”.

Commenting for Keltbray, Helen McShane, Development Co-ordinator said: “We have been overwhelmed with both the quantity and quality of applications we have received from Southwark residents to work on the demolition of the Heygate Estate.

This project will take 15 months in total and will provide hundreds of job opportunities and we are committed to opening up as many of these as we can to Southwark residents.” Local residents that are interested in finding out more about employment and training opportunities on the Elephant & Castle regeneration should contact Southwark Works on 020 7740 8200 or email info@southwarkworks.org. For those interested in hearing more about the activities taking place at the our new training facility they can be contacted on 0207 467 9540 or email cyt@cytrust.org.uk