Building employment opportunities in Nottingham

We may all have been locked down for a year, and put things on hold but the Nottingham skyline has continued to change; it’ll be a real surprise when we do return to the city centre!

One such development going up is on Queen’s Road. It’s being looked after by GRAHAM who are not only helping to improve the way Nottingham looks, they are giving local people chances to find work on the site. Our latest guest blog follows…

Our Midlands community benefits team is “delivering lasting impact” in Nottingham through the creation of employment and training opportunities as part of the high-quality PRS “Build to Rent” project on Queen’s Road.

In February, we were appointed by Blocwork LLP, a 50:50 joint venture between Network Rail and Bloc Group, to complete the transformational development over the course of a two-year construction programme.

Located in a desirable, city centre location adjacent to Nottingham Railway Station, Queens Road has a footprint of 197,250 sq ft. and will be home to 348 studio, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments.  

Hitting the ground running, we have already facilitated two new employment starts. Additionally, in collaboration with Nottingham City Council, through the Nottingham Jobs service, and Linsco Recruitment, we have supported the upskilling of local man, Jamie Stubbings, who was appointed as our new gateman for the site.

Praising our commitment to job creation, Ricky Flintoff, Nottingham Jobs Employer Engagement & Apprenticeship Officer, has said:

“We’re delighted to work with contractors, like GRAHAM, to provide training for city residents that increases their skill set and enhances their future employability and career prospects.”

In advance of recruitment timeframes, we proactively planned and forwarded Job Descriptions and Person Specifications, which allowed forthcoming opportunities to be promoted locally through Nottingham City Council’s Employer Hub, its service delivery partners and local recruitment agencies. 

Louise Seddon, GRAHAM Social Impact Partner, explains:

“At GRAHAM, we are committed to making a real difference within the communities where we operate. The creation of employment and training opportunities is our key objective and, therefore, we have made our intention clear from the very beginning of the Queens Road scheme. Identifying a local talent pool in Nottingham will enhance our delivery of Queens Road, and we are proud to welcome the new additions to the GRAHAM team.”

With previous experience as a gateman, Jamie Stubbings proved to be an ideal candidate for the role at Queens Road. However, to meet the essential criteria, the position required a Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) certificate. 

Recognising his suitability, we kept the position open so that he could upskill and access the relevant training in order ro achieve the SSSTS certification, which was funded through Nottingham City Council and the Nottingham Jobs service.

Beth Slater, Senior Consultant at Linsco Recruitment, who worked in partnership with GRAHAM and the council to ensure Jamie’s appointment, added:

“The most rewarding aspect of working in recruitment is having the opportunity to increase an operative’s skillset in construction. Upskilling our candidates is very rewarding, and we look forward to developing our relationship with the council and GRAHAM further.”

Looking to start your career in construction? Get in touch with us or call Nottingham Jobs on 0115 876 4508.