EMPLOYMENT, SUPPLIER AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
What will be done to encourage local people to apply for positions?
Our intention is to maximize the use of local labour where possible and sensible to do so. Job opportunities that arise will be advertised locally and we will work with Job Centre Plus and other recruitment sites to publicise the vacancies.
A Jobs Fair has already been held in May of this year, and another is planned to assist contractors to recruit from the local area where the skills required are available. In addition, some labour may also come through agencies so we are working with them to advertise and recruit locally where feasible. We are also working with the partnership local authorities to help ensure skilled people can be recruited from the local area to the widest possible extent, given the specialist nature of some of the equipment and machinery.
How many jobs will be created during construction?
As before, the number of roles on site at any one time will vary significantly and continue to change throughout the lifetime of the project. It is not possible to state in advance definitively how many jobs will be created during the construction phase, but we anticipate there will be approximately 250 people employed at site at the peak of construction. However, this will only last for a short time, as many workers are not on site for more than a few months at a time. There will also be multiple supply chain opportunities for businesses throughout the construction phase.
How many local jobs will be offered, and at what skill levels?
The numbers of jobs on site, like any other construction project, fluctuates throughout the lifetime of the project. It is not possible to state in advance what proportion of the jobs coming onstream at any time can be offered to local people, although every effort will be made to recruit 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 people are expected to be employed permanently?
The facility will create 35 operational jobs during its 25 years of operation. These jobs will be full-time permanent positions with full training offered. These jobs will be advertised locally and we would expect a large proportion of the new workforce to be from the Deeside area.
The vacancies will be advertised through the jobs fairs. This will form part of the recruitment process for both construction and operational jobs. There will also be the need for ongoing support and general service contracts throughout the facility’s operational life.
Will there be apprenticeship opportunities?
At Parc Adfer the standard apprentice offer would be difficult to operate as the construction process will typically be over a 3 year period, with few apprentice career roles operating continuously throughout this period. However the way we have been able to address this in other areas of the country/projects is by the operation of “shared apprentices”. The potential for this will be explored.
What aspects of the project will be from Europe/Non EU?
Whilst many elements of the project, including civil engineering, will be predominantly UK companies, some aspects of the project have to be sourced from outside the UK. The type of technology used in energy from waste plants is not available in the UK, due to historical reasons, the lack of industrial manufacturing capacity in the UK and the fact that plants of the type planned for Parc Adfer have not been built for many years in this country. Consequently, the design of the plant and the technical components will have to come from highly specialist companies outside the UK, with the expertise and manufacturing expertise.
However, there will also be opportunities for suppliers throughout the construction and operational life of the facility; the opportunities are listed here.
How can my company be considered for work?
A Meet the Buyer event was held in November 2016 for companies interested in provided the required services but if you were unable to attend, you can still register your interest here.
How will the selection of other maintenance and engineering contractors be undertaken?
The project requires a range of packages and suppliers, some of whom we have already met through the meet the buyer event and we encourage others to register interest here. Contractors will be assessed by the procurement specialists against the project criteria highlighted as part of the request for quotation process.