What is being done to encourage local people to apply for positions?
CNIM is working strenuously to involve local companies in the project’s supply chain and to promote local employment during the construction phase through jobs fairs – the first was held in May last year, which was attended by more than 150 people. Since then, an additional 250 people have expressed an interest in employment and another jobs fair was held earlier this year.
Interest in employment during the construction phase of the project can be registered by submitting a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. This information is collated and when contracts are let, any subcontractor who has a requirement for additional labour is encouraged to source from the local area.
In terms of suppliers, there are 30 local companies who are currently, or have been, employed on site and there will be more to come as contracts continue to be let. Local companies can register interest as a supplier or contractor by emailing email@example.com. This information is passed on to the procurement department. If the products or supplier are relevant, the company will be sent a Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire (PQQ), which if returned, will become part of standard procurement process once the contract is ready to be let.
How many local jobs are being offered, and at what skill levels?
The numbers of jobs on site, like any other construction project, will fluctuate throughout the lifetime of the project. It is not possible to state what proportion of the jobs coming on-stream at any time can be offered to local people given the specialist nature of some of the equipment and machinery. However, every effort is made to recruit skilled people locally, by way of the jobs fairs and recruitment opportunities. The complexity and dynamic nature of the construction phase means that the number of vacancies will range widely across different trades, with different skills being required at different times.
How many jobs are being created during construction?
As before, the number of roles on site at any one time varies significantly and will continue to change as the project progresses. We anticipate there will be approximately 400 people employed at site over the lifetime of the facility’s construction. Many workers will only be on site for short periods of time. There will also be multiple supply chain opportunities for businesses throughout the construction phase.
How many people will be employed permanently?
The facility will create 35 new full-time, operational jobs during its 25 years of operation. These jobs will be full-time permanent positions with full training provided. These jobs will be advertised locally and we would expect a large proportion of the new workforce to be from the Deeside area.
Are there apprenticeship opportunities?
The length of build and the transient nature of many of the contractors involved in the construction phase of the Parc Adfer facility, means that offering full apprenticeships is difficult. However, CNIM is actively engaged with local trade union representatives to offer, where reasonably possible, work placements that support local apprentices in the completion of their apprenticeships.
When the facility is operational, Wheelabrator Technologies may explore the opportunity to offer apprenticeships.
What aspects of the project are from Europe/Non EU?
Much of the plant’s design and major technical components are being provided by highly specialised companies outside the UK with a strong track record and industry-leading expertise in developing energy-from-waste plants such as Parc Adfer.
How is the selection of other maintenance and engineering contractors undertaken?
During the construction phase, the project requires a range of packages and suppliers, some of whom we have already met at the Meet the Buyer event, and we encourage others to register interest – see Q10 and Q20. Contractors are assessed by the procurement specialists against the project criteria highlighted as part of the request for quotation process.