The developer of a new Crawley town centre housing site has pledged to source labour from within the local community.
W. Stirland is developing the former Kilnmead car park in Northgate, consisting of five houses and 32 flats and has sign up to Crawley Borough Council’s Developer and Partner Charter.
The site will be named after Private John Brackpool, a Crawley soldier, who died in action in Afghanistan in 2009.
Work has begun onsite and is expected to be completed in autumn 2019.
By signing up to the charter, W. Stirland has pledged to source labour from within the local community, contribute to raising aspirations, educational attainment and skills levels, improve the competitiveness and sustainability of smaller and locally based firms and promote good and sustainable development and construction practices.
W. Stirland is also helping the council to achieve National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) status facilitated by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). As outlined in the council’s Employment and Skills Plan
The accreditation will ensure local people benefit from employment and skills opportunities and as part of their work, the developer is working with Crawley College to provide site visits for students, followed by Q+A sessions.
W. Stirland is also working with CoTrain – a Shared Apprenticeship Scheme funded by the CITB, to offer local apprenticeship opportunities alongside delivering events aimed at providing information, advice and guidance to support careers in construction.
Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “I am delighted that W. Stirland has signed up to the Charter and are demonstrating their commitment to Crawley through a range of different educational and employment opportunities.
“Here at the council, one of our goals is to offer opportunities for local residents to access better employment and training opportunities. Working with developers such as W. Stirland helps make this possible.”
W. Stirland’s Managing Director, Shaun Stirland, said: “Wherever possible we employ local businesses in order to put money back into the local economy. We are fully committed to doing our part to train the workforce of the future. Signing up the Crawley Charter is part of that commitment. It is admirable that Crawley Borough Council are taking such positive steps to promote construction training.”