A special event at the Library of Birmingham construction site this week celebrated local jobs and training provided by the £188.8m project since construction began in January 2010.
Joe Boxall, 23, from Shard End and Nathan Milin, 17, from Castle Vale, Birmingham, were honoured as the 200th local person and 75th local trade apprentice respectively to be hired on the project at the celebration attended by Birmingham City Council Leader, Sir Albert Bore.
The jobs and apprenticeships are a result of a partnership between Carillion and Birmingham City Council's Employment Access Team to create employment opportunities aimed at groups with some of the most persistent unemployment in the city. Carillion recently won best Social Impact award at the 2012 Guardian Sustainable Business Awards for this work as Birmingham City Council''''s construction partner on the Library of Birmingham.
An initial target to get 250 local people back into employment by the time the Library of Birmingham opens in September 2013 is now on course to be reached, while the target of creating 25 new apprenticeships has so far been exceeded by 300%. The Library of Birmingham will open to the public on 3 September 2013.
Joe started with flooring specialists Veitchi after signing up with Birmingham City Council's Employment Access Team in June 2012. Following a period where he found himself in and out of work in the construction industry he took part in the team's recruitment process and was invited to interview for a labourer role on the site. After going through a competitive recruitment process, he was thrilled to be offered the job.
Nathan became the 75th Carillion Apprentice working on the Library of Birmingham site in April this year. Until recently with Marlborough Bricklaying, he has now returned to the Carillion Training Centre to complete work on his diploma. Prior to becoming an apprentice Nathan attended John Wilmot School and completed a Basic Level 1 Bricklaying Course before starting at the Carillion Training Centre on the Tyburn Road. Nathan will complete his apprenticeship in September 2013.
Councillor Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "Birmingham City Council is working hard with Carillion to ensure that this landmark building is improving the lives of Brummies before it even opens. Today just goes to show what a fantastic success this has been and will continue to be in the coming year."
Simon Dingle, Operations Director for Carillion, added: "It's fantastic that we're on course to reach the ambitious target we set for getting local people back into employment, and have exceeded our targets for recruiting local apprentices. The hard work and commitment of every one of these local people has not only been essential to the delivery of the project, but it has also made an undeniable impact on the culture and spirit of our team - the Library of Birmingham will remain a truly special project for all of us who have been lucky enough to play a part."