Employment and Skills
Commitments secured by the council through various mechanisms, including the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility, mean that the lead contractor on the residential element of the Commonwealth Games Village will provide:
- The development of on site training and engagement facility and a related £1.28million package of training (thanks to funding unlocked by the West Midlands Combined Authority)
- 1,000 pre employment training places, giving those involved the skills and industry accreditation to work on construction sites more widely in the city and region
- 50 existing apprenticeships working on site via the project’s supply chain
- The creation of 400 jobs, including 50 new apprenticeships and 30 paid summer intern (6 week) placements
- An overall total of 22,000 person weeks of training and employment opportunities (for the 2022 Games) against a benchmark for a project of this size of 18,000 person weeks.
Talks are also underway with the contractors leading on the refurbishment of the Alexander Stadium, which will be used for athletics as well as the opening and closing ceremonies at the Games to create further apprentice related agreements via their Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility local employment commitment.
Apprenticeships will also be at the heart of the effort to deliver transportation improvements in and around Perry Barr being developed to aid movement during the event and for the wider community’s benefit in years beyond.
More broadly Games Partner organisations are looking at the establishment of regional Commonwealth Games training academy in collaboration with further education colleges to offer people a chance to develop skills and experiences beyond those needed in the construction sector.