LOCAL people are being urged to join an online careers fair to find out more about thousands of new jobs in construction coming to the region as major infrastructure projects get underway.
The West Midlands Combined Authority is holding the ‘Careers in Construction’ event as it steps up action to drive the region’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic by equipping local people with the skills they need to land jobs in growth sectors.
It’s on Thursday, October 8 and will feature employers recruiting for flagship schemes such as the construction of HS2, talking about the variety of jobs in the sector and how to apply.
Employers will bring a range of roles to the event, including general labourers, ground workers, delivery access managers, carpenters and steel fixers with pay ranging from just over £11 to £17 per hour.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “We know sadly that a number of people have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, whilst many more who are still in work are feeling uncertain about their future.
“Our economic recovery plan therefore is based around protecting existing jobs and helping those who have fallen out of work by creating new jobs.
“We think there could be up to 100,000 opportunities in the region’s construction industry over the next decade, and it is critical these jobs are filled locally. That is why we are equipping local people with the skills they need to take advantage of these opportunities through the Construction Gateway programme.”
The careers fair is split into two sessions. The first, which runs from 10-11am, will showcase jobs that are available now through HS2 and with construction firms Lendlease, VGC Group, Danny Sullivan and Lynch Plant Hire. To book your place, visit here
In the second session, which runs from 11am-12noon, local people will be able to find out about apprenticeships in construction from employers including BAM Nuttall, Balfour Beatty Vinci, Flannery Plant Hire and McAuliffe Group. To book your place, visit here
For more information, talk to your local Job Centre,