Council Accord with Haymarket developer paves way to employment

Edinburgh Haymarket Developments Ltd, the developer delivering The Haymarket project, is the first major employer in Edinburgh to sign an employment Accord with the City of Edinburgh Council.

This demonstrates their commitment to working directly with the city’s Joined Up for Business partners as part of the Edinburgh 12. The aim is to establish a single point of contact between employers and Joined up for Business partners allowing early sight of jobs and training opportunities associated with developing the site, giving time to help them prepare potential candidates from the city’s priority groups, including young people.

The Edinburgh 12 is an initiative that was launched by the Council to help progress strategically important gap sites within Edinburgh City Centre. Within five years these developments have the potential to deliver over 20,000 jobs, 1.5m sq ft of office space and 1600 hotel bed spaces.

The Council hopes to encourage all of the Edinburgh 12 development sites in the city to follow this example and sign up to an Accord.

This proactive engagement with employers aligns well with the recommendation from the Wood Commission Report, Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce. In the report schools, colleges, training providers and employers are being asked to work together to improve the employability aspirations of young people – and this type of relationship will contribute to that by providing credibility for young people that there are opportunities out there for them.

The Accord will complement existing employer engagement programmes includes the Council’s JET programme and the Edinburgh Guarantee.

Cllr Frank Ross, Convener of the Economy Committee, said: “I am confident that this will be the first of many Accords we sign with the Edinburgh 12 developments across Edinburgh. It is particularly important that we help to keep driving down the claimant rate of youth unemployment, which is already significantly lower than the national and UK average at 2.6 per cent.

“Ensuring that Edinburgh’s young people have opportunities is vital for the economic success of our city. If all Edinburgh 12 sites are delivered this will provide 20,000 jobs and commitments such as this will help the Council and its partners to provide employers with suitable and appropriate, well trained staff.”

David Westwater, Development Director from Interserve, one of the joint venture partners behind Edinburgh Haymarket Developments Ltd, added: “We are now progressing what we believe to be one of the best city centre development schemes to be found anywhere in the UK right now. This presents many training and employment opportunities for young people here in Edinburgh and we want to ensure, as much as possible, that our local community benefits from our ongoing investment in the site.

“The construction project alone will be worth £150 million and will be delivered by Interserve’s local construction team, based in Livingston, employing around 250 staff employed either directly by the company or by specialist and local sub-contractors. Around 80 per cent of the staff employed directly by Interserve on The Haymarket will come from within a 50 miles radius of the project.”

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