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The Brighton & Hove Local Employment Scheme
Brighton & Hove City Council launched a Local Employment Scheme for the construction industry in 2010.
Council-led employment schemes have proven to be highly successful in other parts of the country and Brighton & Hove is now leading the way in the South East with its own scheme.
This is a free recruitment service to individuals seeking employment and developers requiring appropriate staff for contract delivery.
The main objectives for the scheme
- To increase the employment and training opportunities for local people who wish to work in the construction industry
- To assist developers and contractors with their workforce needs
- To provide support to local building firms in order to secure contracts on large developments
So how does the scheme work?
When developers make an application to the Local Planning Authority they will be given the contact details of the Local Employment Scheme Co-ordinator. Even at a very early pre-application stage, thought will have been given to workforce requirements for the build.Through discussion with the scheme co-ordinator, developers and their main project contractors can indicate the workforce they will be looking to hire locally, and work can start in identifying suitable candidates from the Local Employment Scheme register.
Section 106 Agreements
Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows for Local Planning Authorities to enter into a legally-binding agreement or obligation when granting planning permission for a development. This can include specific targets relating to employment and training opportunities for local people.
The Local Employment Scheme Co-ordinator can help developers and their contractors to meet these targets.
The Local Employment Scheme is there to support large and smaller companies
Large scale developments and projects are rarely delivered by the main project contractor alone. Sub-contractors, both local and from further afield, may also need to increase their workforce to meet the needs of the build.
What the Local Employment Scheme offers employers
- Access to an experienced workforce
- Pre-screening – ensuring current CSCS cards etc
- Management of recruitment days
- In work support
"Our company has contracts with social landlords and we had an urgent requirement for tradesmen of all disciplines including tilers, plumbers and carpenters. We were introduced to the Local Employment Scheme Co-ordinator where we discussed our requirements and as a result had people starting work within days. They all had the required skills we needed and as a result could hit the ground running, a must with the tight work schedules that we were working to.
The added advantage is the service is free, so no agency fees."
Michael Burgess – Director of Red Square Property Services
What the scheme offers those seeking employment in construction
- Additional help in finding employment
- Increased opportunities for employment on key developments
- Potential for training to enhance skills
The Local Employment Scheme incorporates the Building Futures Project, a European Regional Development Fund project ( INTERREG 1VA – 2 Seas ) that enables partner organisations in Brighton & Hove and Grande Synthe and Dunkirk in France to work in collaboration to develop construction-focused employment schemes for their local communities.
How to register with the Local Employment Scheme:
There are a number of ways to sign up. you can:
Contact: Nick Fishlock - Local Employment Scheme Admin Support
Landline: 01273 293905
Brighton & Hove City Council
Room 428, Kings House