Local residents in Rushden, Northamptonshire, are being supported to get into work and learn new skills – thanks to Fusion21’s Construction Futures initiative.
The scheme - which delivers cost effective ways of providing training and jobs through public planning and procurement systems – is currently supporting East Northamptonshire Council, with the multi-million pound Rushden Lakes retail and leisure outlet.
Construction Futures has been developing young talent on site, raising skill levels and highlighting the variety of jobs and apprenticeships available within the construction industry.
Local school children – and youngsters working with the Princes Trust – have also been treated to tours of the facility being created on their doorstep.
Dave McGuinness, Social Value Manager at Fusion21, said: “Development schemes like Rushden Lakes play a key role in supporting job creation. "Local residents currently employed on site are working in a variety of roles – from planners and ground workers, to administration managers and general construction operatives."
Rushden Lakes is set to house multiple retail units, a 12-screen cinema, bowling alley and restaurants.
Deputy leader of East Northants Council Cllr Glenn Harwood MBE recently visited the Rushden Lakes and said: "It's fabulous to see things moving on. I have been here on three occasions since the start of the project and it is encouraging to see how aspects of it are coming along.
"In my personal view it's one of the best things to happen in East Northamptonshire. What's particularly pleasing is to see a site that used to be a derelict dump transformed into what's going to be a bright future."
Click here to find out more about Construction Futures.