Shard brings multi-million training boost

Fri 28 September 2012, 5:56 pm

Southwark Council is gearing up for the release of more than £4 million in funding from Shard developers Sellar Group that is aimed at boosting training and job opportunities for local people at the landmark development.

The Shard: developers releasing cash for training and jobs

The funding largely becomes available as soon as the first tenants move into the 300-plus metre building, currently Europe’s tallest.

The development, coupled with The Place, the London Bridge Quarter (LBQ) scheme going up next door to the Shard, is expected to bring thousands of jobs to the area, with a substantial number of new opportunities.

Additionally, Sellar and the council are developing a new approach to securing local employment in LBQ, that involves Sellar working with the development’s new occupants to open up the jobs they are recruiting for to Southwark residents.

This approach will be backed by a skills programme from the wider funding pot which the council will use to ensure that local people have the skills tenants are looking for and a competitive edge when it comes to new opportunities in the development.

Councillor Claire Hickson, the council’s cabinet member for community engagement and economic development, said the bulk of funding for training programmes to be delivered with local partners would be released early next year.

“In addition to the support already in place for construction jobs, we've been working with Sellar to recruit to jobs in facilities, the viewing gallery and hotel,” she said.

“Delivery of a long-term programme will start in full next year.”

Councillor Hickson added that working with companies moving into the Shard would be vital so that Southwark could understand what skills were needed and put the right training programmes in place.