Objective 6: Increase prosperity, local employment and workforce diversity
The project will create significant opportunities to boost local employment and prosperity within London.
Of approximately 4,000 direct, sustainable jobs created on the project during peak construction, we have committed that 25 percent will be residents from the 14 boroughs situated along the tunnel’s route. For river transport workers, at least 30 percent will live in Greater London, Kent or Essex. We have also set a target that one in ten new starters in our contractor workforce should have been previously workless, to deliver a local jobs boost where it is needed most.
We will also be a strident supporter of fairness for our workforce, as well as diversity within it. We support the London Living Wage, and we will promote job security through direct (PAYE) employment in our supply chain. Diverse organisations have been shown to make better decisions and have higher performance, yet women make up just 11 percent of the UK construction workforce.
We want to actively change this through a number of initiatives, including implementing the first Returner Programme outside the banking industry, for those who have been out of employment for two years or more, typically because they had caring responsibilities.
Objective 7: Inspire and upskill a new generation
With the UK predicted to need 182,000 new engineers by 2022, the skills gap in the engineering and construction industry is clear. Tideway aims to help address this issue by inspiring and training the next generation of engineers, supervisors, operatives, and river workers, for both current and future projects.
A key element of this commitment is the creation of apprenticeships. We will employ one apprentice for every 50 full-time, on-site workers, including a mix of intermediate, advanced and higher level apprenticeships. We will create a total of between 250 and 400 apprenticeships during the project.
We will help to create a new generation of river workers through our support for the Thames Skills Academy, a newly established Group Training Association which aims to produce individuals with skills that can be used on the river for years to come.
We also recognise the need to inspire young people to study STEM subjects—Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Through our STEM ambassador programme our staff run workshops, practical lesson activities, and offer advice on interviews and networking to encourage and inspire future industry workers. There are also opportunities for those aged 16 and over who are interested in engineering, design or construction to get first-hand work experience on the project.
As a socially responsible project, we also aim to give new chances to those who may have been marginalised by society and are struggling to gain new skills, such as ex-offenders. Breaking the cycle of crime for ex-offenders determined to put their past behind them benefits the individual and society. We are working with various charities in order to ensure that we will employ one ex-offender for every 100 employees on the project.
Objective 8: Greater wellbeing for all, improved health for river users
A primary benefit of the project is a dramatic reduction of untreated sewage in the river. Quality of life for all in the capital will be enhanced by the increased opportunity for recreational use of the river. The project aims to encourage as many people as possible to share in the benefits and get closer to the river—be that through walking, angling, rowing, sailing, or just turning to face the river. It is fundamental to our vision to reconnect London with the River Thames.
The goal must be for as many people as possible to engage in the new recreational opportunities afforded by the project. We are taking specific direct actions to deliver this, for example building a new slipway at the Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre, which will support the centre’s kayaking, canoeing, sailing and rowing activities. We also support river-based organisations to create new ‘river reconnection’ activities, including:
- Introducing young people to rowing, particularly those who would not otherwise get the opportunity. We do this through a partnership with London Youth Rowing
- Developing ‘citizen science’ project Thames River Watch, run by environmental charity Thames21 to raise awareness about issues affecting the health of the River Thames. Volunteers complete water quality and litter surveys and take part in foreshore clean-ups.
People Our Commitments
- At each drive site, 20 percent of employees will live in the local Borough
- 20 percent of the workforce across each main works contract area (West, Central, East) to live in the local boroughs within that area
- 25 percent of all staff to live in 14 directly affected local Boroughs
- 30 percent of river workers to live in Greater London, Kent or Essex
- Support the London Living Wage campaign
- Appoint skills managers to establish employment brokerage
- Promote job security through direct employment in our supply chain
- Employ local workless people—those who are unemployed, economically inactive, claiming particular benefits such as Employment Support Allowance, and those under-employed (working fewer than 16 hours per week)
- Create an inclusive environment that will enhance diversity across Tideway specifically for Disability, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ), Gender (women) and aim to set new standards for the industry
- Create apprenticeship opportunities, one for every 50 full-time workers on the project
- Champion the promotion of careers in engineering and construction, including a minimum of one volunteer hour per annum for every three staff employed on site to support the project STEM Ambassador (or equivalent) programme
- Provide teaching and learning resources
- Work with charity partners to employ one ex-offender per 100 workers on the project
- A significant reduction in health risks from waterborne pathogens
- Inspire people to engage in river activities and support events that will help people reconnect with the river
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