Skills & Employment

Access to a skilled workforce has been a crucial element in the delivery of Thameslink Programme

Early on, we committed to investing in the skills needed to secure the programme’s delivery as well as putting in place steps to create a lasting skills legacy for the industry. As part of our approach to procurement, Thameslink Programme’s commercial contracts required principal contractors to commit to fulfilling specific skills and employment targets.

These targets included local and/or unemployed job starts, apprenticeships, work placements and work experience.

A planned learning legacy paper on Implementing Strategic Labour Needs & Training Targets will outline our approach to monitoring contractor performance to maximise employment and skills outcomes across the project.

Watch this interview with Thomas Bourke who started as a Commercial Apprentice on the London Bridge project. Thomas talks about his experiences and the balance of his work life and educational life.

Thameslink Programme monitored contractors’ implementation of skills and employment initiatives

Thameslink Programme monitored contractors’ implementation of skills and employment initiatives by means of its Social Sustainability Performance Assurance Framework. This involved scrutiny of contractors’ delivery of quantitative targets; and also process and qualitative performance.

Contractors have been encouraged to discuss common issues and share good practice through various Employment & Skills Forums.

A planned learning legacy paper on Employment & Skills Forums will review our approach to bringing contractors together to identify and share good practice. Terms of Reference will be shared alongside this learning legacy paper.

Watch this interview with Julius Toro who talks about his experience as an apprentice within the London Bridge project team.

During the Thameslink Programme’s London Bridge Station Redevelopment, the following opportunities were created:

Number of local job opportunities sustained for at least six months 55
Total number of apprentices taken on 61
Number of training opportunities provided for local residents (CSCS level and short courses) 203
Number of training opportunities provided for local residents (NVQ level) 14
Total number of work experience placements provided or hosted 48

Case Studies

Supporting employability skills among young people

Senior managers supported students at The Bosco College, an alternative education setting for students aged 15-19, by offering mock interviews as part of our sustainability commitment and Network Rail’s wider volunteering initiative.

Skills & Employment: London Bridge station

Compiling the best practice that improved the overall sustainability performance on the project, and left a lasting positive legacy for the community.

Biodiversity: London Bridge station

Revitalising Snowsfields Primary Schools’ wildlife garden, as part of the sustainability drive throughout the design and construction of London Bridge station

Canal Tunnel Apprentices

Thameslink Programme - Apprentices Graduation

The involvement of three apprentices at Canal Tunnels by Carillion delivered a social legacy of employment and training to talented individuals within the local community.

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