Local jobs boost from Morgan Sindall's Dalmarnock development in Clyde Gateway
The construction of the new £24 million office development for Police Scotland at Dalmarnock in Clyde Gateway has paid dividends for over 50 local job seekers who have been working in a variety of roles on the site.
Morgan Sindall has been working with the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company on an employment programme to deliver jobs, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities to the people of the east end of Glasgow.
To date, 23 people have been employed, 11 apprenticeships have been established and 25 individuals have benefited from work experience opportunities, either directly with Morgan Sindall, or with sub-contracting organisations in its supply chain.
One of the beneficiaries is 16 year old Angela Myers from Tollcross who is working towards an apprenticeship in painting and decorating with Spectrum Decorating. Angela said: “I was determined to get into the decorating trade from the outset but found it really difficult to get a chance to get my foot in the door. I then found out about the apprenticeships through Clyde Gateway and Morgan Sindall’s schools programme and was lucky enough to be selected.
That was two months ago and I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every minute of the work. I’m just starting out on my career and know I have an awful lot to learn, but I’m determined to make the most of the opportunity and learn from the experienced people around me.”
Angela wants to progress with her skills and knowledge in painting and decorating and she hopes to one day become a site supervisor. This opportunity means a lot to her and her family; bringing home a steady wage helps her household.
Norrie Russell, Partner at Spectrum Decorating, said: “We as a company are proud to train young persons in the industry as it’s a sector that has a skills shortage across the board.
“The Riverside East Community Benefits scheme has helped us to achieve this goal with minimal fuss and through avenues we haven’t looked at previously.
We are delighted to have found Angela through this scheme; she is very keen and it is evident that she strives to better herself in everything she does.”
Morgan Sindall’s managing director for Scotland, Harry Thorburn, said: “Our core business is delivering key construction and infrastructure projects, but we know that our work goes a lot deeper than that. We have a duty to not only ensure that the local communities in which we work benefit while we are on site, but also that we leave a lasting legacy in the shape of a better skilled workforce who are more economically productive.”
In addition to our support for those at working age, Morgan Sindall’s community benefit programme has also extended into two local secondary schools. Pupils at Stonelaw High School and St Mungo’s Secondary School have received a curriculum support programme including careers talks from project managers and project architects which will be followed with a number of other activities over the coming months.
Upon completion in November 2014, the Riverside East building will become home to 1,100 officers and staff from Police Scotland.
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