Battersea MP Jane Ellison visited apprentices at Battersea Power Station to see at first hand the skills they are developing whilst working on the 42 acre regeneration project.

During the course of her visit, which coincided with National Apprentice Week, Jane met apprentices engaged in a range of professions including plumbing, logistics, painting and decorating.

The apprentices are working on the first phase of the redevelopment, Circus West, which will deliver 86 apprenticeship opportunities in the course of its construction. It is the first of seven phases across the entire site.

Working in conjunction with Wandsworth & Lambeth Councils’ job brokerages (‘Wandsworth Workmatch’ and ‘Lambeth Working’), Phase 1 contractor Carillion and the wider Battersea Power Station team have been able to recruit local people into a wide range of roles that come with relevant apprenticeship and training opportunities.

In the course of her visit, Jane Ellison met: Lemuel Foster, a Wandsworth resident, who has recently secured an apprenticeship in painting & decoration with local painting & decorating company Cousins. Lemuel told Jane about how he had got involved in local Battersea boxing gym Carney’s Community and through the charity’s mentoring he was introduced to the apprenticeship opportunity at Battersea Power Station.

Christine Penfold, a Wandsworth resident who, having worked in a desk job for the NHS, decided to take a career change and move into construction with the help of Wandsworth Workmatch. Christine now works as a Logistics Labourer for O’Neill & Brennan and is being supported by Women into Construction to complete SSSTS training as a site supervisor.

Following the recent confirmation of the shops, restaurants and businesses opening at Circus West, there will also be a Battersea Academy of Skills and Excellence set up at Battersea Power Station specifically to train and recruit local people for the 15,000 job opportunities being created across the wider site on completion.

Speaking during her visit to Battersea Power Station, Jane Ellison MP said:

“I met some fantastic young people working on the site and saw at first-hand how apprenticeships are a vital means of giving people both the skills and confidence to master a profession and take control of their career choices.
The government has pledged to support 3m apprenticeships by 2020 and massive regeneration schemes like Battersea Power Station are showing how business working hand in hand with colleges and local authorities is so important in delivering those life-changing opportunities for people.”

Rob Tincknell, Chief Executive Officer at Battersea Power Station Development Company, said:

“The regeneration of Battersea Power Station is creating 10,000 jobs during the construction period alone and we are taking that opportunity to generate hundreds of apprenticeship and training opportunities. The scale and complexity of this project means it is uniquely placed to offer apprenticeships across a range of skills ranging from shop and office fit-out on the new High Street, through to transport infrastructure on the new tube station and landscape architecture on the new public park.”

Liam Briscoe-Evans, Apprentice working on Circus West at Battersea Power Station, said:

“Working on a project like this is a great opportunity for people to develop real skill of the important trades and professions which are going to be needed in the coming years, and it’s an opportunity to be part of really special project which people will come and visit for years to come.”

“I met some fantastic young people working on the site and saw at first-hand how apprenticeships are a vital means of giving people both the skills and confidence to master a profession and take control of their career choices. The government has pledged to support 3m apprenticeships by 2020 and massive regeneration schemes like Battersea Power Station are showing how business working hand in hand with colleges and local authorities is so important in delivering those life-changing opportunities for people.”

Rob Tincknell, Chief Executive Officer at Battersea Power Station Development Company, said:

“The regeneration of Battersea Power Station is creating 10,000 jobs during the construction period alone and we are taking that opportunity to generate hundreds of apprenticeship and training opportunities. The scale and complexity of this project means it is uniquely placed to offer apprenticeships across a range of skills ranging from shop and office fit-out on the new High Street, through to transport infrastructure on the new tube station and landscape architecture on the new public park.”

Liam Briscoe-Evans, Apprentice working on Circus West at Battersea Power Station, said:

“Working on a project like this is a great opportunity for people to develop real skill of the important trades and professions which are going to be needed in the coming years, and it’s an opportunity to be part of really special project which people will come and visit for years to come.”

23 March 2016 NEWS APPRENTICES HOST LOCAL MP VISIT AT BATTERSEA
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