19 March 2012

Recruitment is underway for forty labouring jobs created by the multi-million pound construction of Nottingham's two new tram lines.

The new vacancies currently being advertised have a deadline for applications of 26 March 2012.

These 40 jobs, follow a further 70 jobs which have previously been advertised for the construction of the NET Phase Two, taking the total to 110 jobs created so far since the project received the go-ahead by Government in December 2011. Of these vacancies, 60 have already been filled by people in the Nottinghamshire area by the project's design and construction contractor, Taylor Woodrow Alstom Joint Venture.

NET Phase Two is the project to build two new tram lines to extend Nottingham's tram network to Clifton via Wilford and Chilwell via Beeston.

The new jobs are being recruited to through Nottingham City Council's Employer Hub, which matches the needs of recruiters to the skills of local unemployed people.

The new vacancies offer a range of labouring opportunities including digging trial holes, which will be used to help investigate the exact locations of the various utility services which need to be moved out of the way of the new tramlines, to drivers of mini diggers and construction lorries.

Council Leader, Councillor Jon Collins, Portfolio Holder for Training, Employment and HR at Nottingham City Council, the Promoter of the NET Project, said: "In a time of such economic constraints and few job opportunities, it is great to be advertising a further 40 job opportunities so soon after the initial 70 NET construction opportunities which were advertised in December.

"NET Phase Two is generating construction work opportunities for local companies and people, and will help to stimulate the local economy to generate long term employment growth, inward investment and regeneration which we know building new tram lines brings."

Councillor Collins, continued: "I would encourage anyone who is looking for work from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to take a look at the opportunities that are available. We are keen for as many of these vacancies as possible to be filled by local people."

All of the vacancies for the tram project will be available through the Nottingham Employer Hub and can be viewed at www.nottinghamjobs.com. People can contact the Hub by phone on: 0115 876 4493 or 0115 876 4508 or email: hub@nottinghamcity.gov.uk for application form.

The Nottingham Employer Hub matches the requirements of employers that have vacancies with job seekers who are looking for work. It is one central hub for advertising job vacancies and is in close contact with the Job Centre Plus, colleges of Further Education, 3rd sector organisations, training providers, as well as Nottingham's two universities. It also works with local employment partnerships to ensure that those that are seeking work have the best possible opportunity of finding out about employment opportunities.

Taylor Woodrow Alstom Joint Venture is the design and construction partner of Tramlink Nottingham, the consortium which has been awarded the concession to build and operate the expanded tram network.

Martin Carroll, Taylor Woodrow Alstom's Project Director, said: "Working alongside the Employer Hub has been extremely helpful. It is an excellent facility and ensures vacancies which arise can be widely promoted to job seekers.

"We are keen to recruit local people as we complete what is a complex construction phase and, as the project gathers pace, further job opportunities will be created not only within our organisation but also within local companies which become part of our supply chain."