Supporting local employment opportunities
As the development at Alconbury Weald gathers momentum, preparations are in place for the proposed 1,400 acre site set to produce working, living, learning and leisure amenities plus 8,000 job opportunities.
Formed by Huntingdon District Council and Urban and Civic, charity project ‘Green Skills’ is a five week voluntary initiative from the Oxmoor estate in Huntingdon aimed at helping local unemployed people aged between 18-65 gain new skills through community environmental improvement projects. The longer term vision is that these abilities will be utilised to take advantage of future employment prospects that arise as a result of the new Alconbury development.
A significant part of the project focuses on HDC land in which timber built raised flower beds will be constructed; these will replace the aged and aesthetically unpleasant raised beds currently in existence.
Mick George Ltd. working in partnership with Breheny, will complete numerous complimentary tasks including groundwork, demolition and removal of surplus materials before the work experience can commence.
Executive Leader Councillor Jason Ablewhite said: “This is an important community project, with increasingly tight budgets and multiple elements, we could not make them happen without partner contributions. Support from businesses like Mick George Ltd is imperative and we are extremely grateful.’’
In addition to the physical or hands-on expertise that will be gained, the project will educate on health and safety issues, whilst providing participants the opportunity to partake in mock interviews to prepare for real applications. Garry Woodcock, Concrete Manager from Mick George Ltd will be part of the panel conducting the process.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’The development at Alconbury is a considerable project that the business has been working on for some time. It is good to see that the local authorities have had the foresight to benefit the local community with employment initiatives such as this.’’
Stump continued: ’’Over recent years Mick George Ltd have substantially increased its workforce and are strong advocates of locally sourced employees where feasible. Likewise, the on-going community work that we engage in is an essential part of our strategy moving forward’’.