Future Southampton

📰 New employment and skills charter for WestQuay Watermark

    • WestQuay Watermark employment charter group

    WestQuay Watermark employment charter group - Photo Credit: Hammerson

    • WestQuay Watermark employment charter cllr letts signs

    WestQuay Watermark employment charter cllr letts signs - Photo Credit: Hammerson

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On 14th January 2015, Hammerson signed the official Employment and Skills Charter as part of its £70 million WestQuay Watermark development. Over 2,500 jobs will be created by the development of the landmark mixed-use leisure scheme across the construction,hospitality and operations sectors. The Charter marks all key stakeholders; Hammerson, Sir Robert McAlpine, Southampton City Council, Jobcentre Plus, People First and the Regional Growth Fund’s commitment to create long lasting employment, and training opportunities for the city.

The Charter was signed as part of the launch of the Employment and Skills initiative created by Hammerson in partnership with Southampton City Council and Sir Robert McAlpine. Information about all of the jobs and training opportunities available as part of the WestQuay Watermark development were showcased at today’s event.

WestQuay Watermark, which received detailed planning consent in 2014, will become Southampton’s new leisure and dining hub with a landmark 10 screen cinema over 20 restaurants and a new high quality public plaza for the city supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Guy Wells, Hammerson Development Manager, commented: “Today marked an important step in the WestQuay Watermark project, and highlights the opportunities that the development will create for the people of Southampton. We're delighted to be working in partnership with both Southampton City Council and Sir Robert McAlpine on the long term regeneration of the city.”

Councillor Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council, said: “This development is a great opportunity for our local residents to forge a career and will create a significant number of new jobs and apprenticeships, alongside the creation of a major landmark development for the city that they can be proud to be a part of.  In the council’s anniversary year it is fitting that this is our 50th major development in the city that will have an Employment and Skills Plan to help local people into work. I am pleased that the council is able to support and work in partnership with Hammerson in this venture, and look forward to hearing the individual success stories as they emerge.”

For apprenticeships information check out: http://www.citb.co.uk/bconstructive/citb-apprenticeships/

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