Find out about the community investment initiatives that our contractors have undertaken in London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
CITY GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP, TOWER HAMLETS
Taylor Woodrow, one of Crossrail’s Liverpool Street based contractors, have partnered with City Gateway to improve employability amongst the deprived communities in Tower Hamlets.
City Gateway work to connect with women and disadvantaged young people in Tower Hamlets, providing them with the skills and opportunities they need to enter work or further education, often needing to overcome obstacles such as poor language levels, a lack of role models, limited aspirations and low skill levels.
Over their two year programme, Taylor Woodrow staff will support sessions on CV and job application writing, interview technique, IT skills, leadership and confidence and ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) courses. They will run “Insight tours” for City Gateway members, explaining the work that is being carried on Crossrail and the new Liverpool Street station, and talking through the roles and opportunities involved in construction projects.
Taylor Woodrow have recently completed one of the first phases of their programme, 'enterprise monitoring' with young people from Tower Hamlets. More information can be found here.
Visit the City Gateway website for more information about their work.
PROVIDENCE ROW, TOWER HAMLETS
BBMV (a consortium of Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci) are constructing the shafts and platform tunnels for the new Crossrail stations at Liverpool Street and Whitechapel. For their Community Investment Programme they have partnered with homelessness charity Providence Row who are based at the Dellow Centre on the City of London/Tower Hamlets border.
BBMV will fund, design and create a new vegetable and herb garden for the Dellow Centre working alongside Providence Row staff and users of the Centre. The garden is designed to be an educational resource, building skills and confidence by combining practical learning about gardening and vegetable cultivation, food sourcing, cooking and nutrition.
Visit the Providence Row website for more information about their work.
SENRAB FC, TOWER HAMLETS
BNK (Bam Nuttall / Kier), the contractors carrying out piling works for Crossrail’s new Whitechapel station (to prepare for the main station works beginning), have committed to three sets of community investment.
The first of these has been completed with BNK donating £4,000 to purchase new kit for struggling local football club Senrab FC. Senrab were founded in Stepney in 1961 and train 350 children between the ages of five and 16.
Another Whitechapel-based contractor, BBMV, have also helped Senrab FC, donating £2,500 towards sending three teams to the World Youth Cup in Gothenberg, Sweden.
Club Secretary, Tony Carroll said of BBMV’s donation: “A lot of the boys are from low income families and one parent families; some have never left London before. We want our boys to go over there and enjoy themselves, have an experience and learn something. This is a life lesson as well as a football lesson so it’s a marvellous opportunity”.
BBMV (a consortium of Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci) will carry out the main works for the new Crossrail Whitechapel station. Their community investment planning commits to a wide-range of initiatives being carried out over the duration of their contract.
CONSTRUCTION TRAINING FOR THE UNEMPLOYED, WHITECHAPEL
Whitechapel contractors, Bam Nuttall Kier, have been actively involved with the local community and have taken on a number of community investment initiatives.
One of these, carried out in partnership with community youth organisation The Osmani Trust, involved running a five week programme of construction training and careers advice helping young people get into work. A number of young people took part and seven passed their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) test, the first step towards a career in construction. BNK were able to offer apprenticeships to two of the candidates, and continued to assist the others in searching for employment opportunities.
Robin How, BNK’s Project Manager, said: “In our early discussions with the community, unemployment and particularly youth unemployment came up time and time again as an issue that needs to be addressed. By taking on this project we felt that we have done something of great value for our neighbours.”
Crossrail is well on track to fulfil its commitment to providing a minimum of 400 apprenticeships through its supply chain over the lifetime of the project.