London Borough of Wandsworth Construction Summit

John Rogerson and Rebecca Hislam were invited to attend and represent Astins at the recent Construction Summit held in the borough on 15th July.

Cllr. Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, arranged the summit in order to bring together developers, main contractors and sub-contractors from the construction industry with the key aim to discuss how to recruit local residents onto local projects.

The summit invited key speakers from the council and delegates who were able to share their experiences. One presentation explained the recruitment schemes: ‘Work Match’ for people residing outside of the Nine Elms area and the ‘Joint Co-ordination Unit’ for people residing within Nine Elms. Both schemes are council vehicles for matching unemployed people to local jobs.

During the summit delegates were provided the opportunity to break-out into group discussion in order to discuss some of the key issues facing the industry in relation to recruitment. As a result of these break-out sessions, there were some interesting and valid ideas generated.

These included;

  • Council run High Achievement Awards
  • Council to investigate how apprentices ensure continuity for the full project length and perhaps moving from one contractor to another
  • Promotion of the construction industry to young people through various routes
  • Engagement and education of teachers and education bodies
  • Council to follow-up as to whether the 106 agreement could be developed in order to cover all Boroughs.

Astins look forward to supporting the council in these endeavours as they commence work on the Battersea Power Station project.

John Rogerson, Head of Business Improvement:

“Thoroughly positive meeting with a real sense of the industry and the council working together to provide real long term job opportunities for local people.”

 Rebecca Hislam, HR & Training Manager:

“A good opportunity to gain insight into the various challenges in relation to recruiting the local workforce and the enthusiasm and drive of the Council whose goal is to work with employers in order to meet those challenges.”