MGT in partnership with Redcar and Cleveland Council and FROG (Future Regeneration of Grangetown) have established a Construction Training and Employment Hub in Grangetown.
MGT funded the full time post for a ‘Routes to Employment Coordinator’. Kim Jameson, who was appointed to the post in February 2017, along with an apprentice, will work closely with all the partners to coordinate training and recruitment to maximise the support available to residents.
Kim is based in Grangetown Neighbourhood Centre on Bolckow Road. Grangetown was chosen because of its proximity to MGT's Teessport project and additionally because the Grangetown community has the highest levels of unemployment in the Borough.
Six information sessions were held at the Grangetown Centre in the first two days of opening with over 150 residents attending. Over 600 have now registered with the Centre, which is running construction related courses including fork lift truck, SIA, CSCS, site safety, stand by fire, confined spaces etc.
The Borough’s Working Together Partnership, which includes Routes to Employment, Coast and Country Housing, the four local Job Centres, Redcar College, TTE, People Plus, Triage, APM and Groundworks Trust have thrown their support behind the project and are all attending the centre to engage residents and offer packages of support.
MGT has also been involved in job fairs and subcontractor events in partnership with the contractor for the site, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and ECI. Other events are planned during the course of 2017.