31 July 2012

Recruitment is underway for a further 73 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 3 August 2012.

The work involved in the 73 jobs is focused on tram track laying. These jobs are the latest created for the construction of the tram extension, which has in recent months recruited nearly 150 people from the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire area by the project’s Design and Construction joint venture Taylor Woodrow Alstom.

NET Phase Two is the project to build two new tram lines to extend Nottingham’s tram network which will serve key employment sites – servicing 20 out of the 30 largest employers in Greater Nottingham once the tram system has been extended to serve the south and south west of the city.

The 73 jobs are being recruited through Nottingham City Council’s Employer Hub, which prioritises the needs of recruiters to the skills of local unemployed people.

The new vacancies will involve laying the 17.5km of new tram tracks which will be needed to operate tram services to Clifton via Wilford in the south of the city and Chilwell via Beeston in the south west.

As part of the recruitment process being carried out, applicants who need extra training and support to secure one of the jobs available, such as unemployed people or school leavers who go through a selection day being held by the Nottingham Employer Hub, will be invited to take part in a six week pre-employment training programme, which is funded through the Skills Funding Agency.

Anyone who completes the six week training programme will be guaranteed a job interview with Alstom to try and secure one of the available job opportunities.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Skills and Business at Nottingham City Council, said: “In a time of such economic constraints and few job opportunities, it is great to be advertising so many job opportunities.

“As well as creating jobs, NET Phase Two is also 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.”

Michael Anderson, Deputy Project Director Taylor Woodrow Alstom, said: “We are very keen to work with the Nottingham Employer Hub in order to fill these important construction roles. The Hub helps us to identify suitable candidates, and helps in setting up training when necessary.

“It is important for us when delivering such a large and complex project to be able to bring employment to the local community. The Hub enables us to do that efficiently. There will be a number of other opportunities advertised through the Hub as the project moves into full construction mode.”