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Crossrail creating lasting legacy of local jobs for Londoners

Partnership with Jobcentre Plus and local job brokerages announced

Crossrail's pledge to create lasting skills and employment for Londoners was boosted by the launch of their Skills and Employment Strategy at City Hall today. Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction of the railway between 2013 and 2015 giving Londoners the chance to build and benefit from Crossrail.

The Strategy sets out how local people will be provided with opportunities to work on the construction of Crossrail, which is crucial to regeneration across the capital, will help to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cut journey times across the city.

Crossrail has also announced its partnership with Jobcentre Plus (JCP) which aims to provide local people with opportunities to work on the Crossrail project. JCP works with a network of local job brokerage and outreach agencies to match vacancies to suitable candidates and arrange interviews for short-listed applicants.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "We want Londoners to benefit from this project in everyway and that means giving them the chance to learn the skills and benefit from the jobs created by the scheme. The skills strategy and various training and apprenticeship schemes will help us give young inhabitants of this great city the chance to build and benefit from Crossrail as a lasting legacy."

Transport Minister Theresa Villiers said: "By 2026, Crossrail is expected to support the creation of around 30,000 jobs in central London, and up to 14,000 people will be employed at the height of construction.

"A new national tunnelling and underground construction academy and major apprentice scheme will help workers develop useful skills for future employment in the industry.

"Crossrail will be more than a world-class railway - for tens of thousands of people it could be the route to a successful career."

Terry Morgan, Crossrail Chairman said: "Two years ago today the Crossrail Act received Royal Assent. Since then we have made enormous progress towards full construction of the railway and today is about finding the people to help us meet this challenge. Crossrail's Skills and Employment Strategy will be a benchmark for the project's commitment to providing the skills required to deliver Crossrail and future major construction projects.

"We are grateful to our Sponsors and industry partners, particularly Jobcentre Plus and the National Apprenticeship Service, for their support for the Strategy and look forward to working with them as we continue to build this great railway."

Crossrail has committed to delivering at least 400 Apprenticeships through its supply chain over the lifetime of the project. All main works contractors will be obliged to deliver one apprentice (or equivalent) per £3m spend. Apprenticeships will be offered from late 2010 as contracts are awarded. Crossrail is working in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) to support contractors employed on Crossrail in delivering apprenticeship programmes.

Simon Waugh, National Apprenticeship Service Chief Executive said: "I am delighted that Crossrail has committed to delivering at least 400 Apprenticeships over its lifetime. There is evidence that Apprenticeships bring real value to both private and public sector organisations; significantly improving productivity, motivation, innovation and retention rates. Crossrail apprentices will therefore not only benefit London's economy, but also have the opportunity to contribute to a lasting legacy for the Capital".

Crossrail's plan to develop a specialist Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) is set out in the strategy. The volume of tunnelling and underground construction work taking place in the UK over the next decade is unprecedented but the new academy will ensure that there are sufficient numbers of people with the skills to work safely in underground construction to satisfy industry demand.

£5m in funding will be provided for the Academy by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) via the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). The new facility - scheduled to open in summer 2011- will ensure that all people working underground on Crossrail sites achieve the Underground Safety Passport.

Crossrail also works to inspire young people to consider careers in the fields of construction and engineering through its 'Young Crossrail' education programme. Young Crossrail works with all schools within a one mile radius of the Crossrail route, in addition to further education colleges in London.

Crossrail works to inspire young people to consider careers in the fields of construction and engineering through its education programme Young Crossrail. Young Crossrail works with all schools within a one mile radius of the Crossrail route, in addition to further education colleges in London.

A dedicated website - www.youngcrossrail.co.uk - will be launched in September, containing up-to-date information on the build, in addition to fun games and other interactive material. The site will also house a range of curriculum-led learning resources for teachers to download for free. Young Crossrail STEM Ambassadors - in conjunction with STEMNET (the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) - will assist with the delivery of the education programme by sharing their knowledge of the industry at school visits and events.

The Crossrail Skills & Employment strategy is available to download at www.crossrail.co.uk/skills

Media enquiries:

Jonathan Baggs, Crossrail Press Office
Tel: 020 3229 9552
Email: jonathanbaggs@crossrail.co.uk

Notes to Editors

The Crossrail Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2008, granting the powers to build the railway. Crossrail construction began on 15 May 2009 with work commencing at the new Crossrail Canary Wharf station. The main construction programme begins along the whole route this year.

Crossrail is progressing rapidly, recent milestones include:

  • Preparatory works underway at all central Crossrail stations on the route.
  • Procurement for main tunnelling contracts well underway.
  • Crossrail Visitor Information Centres opened at Tottenham Court Road and Whitechapel.
  • Site at Aldersbrook in Newham acquired for Underground Construction and Tunnelling Academy.
  • Government confirms that the route from Maidenhead to Reading and from Abbey Wood to Hoo Junction in Kent have been safeguarded to allow a potential future extension of Crossrail.

About Crossrail

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 60 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When Crossrail begins operations from 2017 it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits for all of London and the South East after the new railway opens in 2017. A study published in February 2009 assessed the key benefits including faster journey times, reduced and public transport congestions, improved productivity and higher earnings. When the results are modelled for just one year - 2026 - the annual economic benefit across all of London's boroughs is estimated at £1.24bn at 2008 prices.
Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015. Crossrail is Europe's largest construction project.

Preparatory works took place throughout 2009. The main construction programming starts in 2010 with tunnelling starting in 2011. Crossrail is scheduled to commence operations in 2017.

Most of the contracts for the construction of Crossrail will be awarded in 2010 and jobs will become available as the work begins. Demand for labour is expected to increase steadily from 2010 onwards reaching a peak between 2013 and 2015.

Crossrail is delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by Department for Transport and Transport for London.

www.crossrail.co.uk

About Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus offers a number of programmes and services to help jobseekers, unemployed people, those with disabilities and others who may need extra help in finding work.

http://jobseekers.direct.gov.uk/

About the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

The National Apprenticeship Service is responsible for all elements of Apprenticeships in England. We work to increase the number of Apprentices in businesses by talking to employers about the benefits of employing an apprentice and ensuring young people have the information they need to consider an Apprenticeship as the route into their career. We contribute towards the costs of the training and qualifications that sit within an Apprenticeship, engage with a wide range of partners to help design the frameworks they follow and implement government policies aimed at improving the quality and quantity of Apprenticeships. The Apprenticeships.org.uk website enables employers and training providers to advertise thousands of vacancies and potential apprentices to apply for them.

www.apprenticeships.org.uk

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