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15 March 2018

LOCAL PEOPLE ATTEND JOBS FAIR AT POWER STATION

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Caption: From left to right: Karen Gray, Employer Engagement Manager at Battersea Power Station, Cllr Kim Caddy, London Borough of Wandsworth and Andre Burwood, BASE Programme Director at Battersea Power Station. Photo Credit: Charlie RoundTurner

Over 150 people looking for work and training opportunities visited the latest jobs fair at Battersea Power Station this week.

The purpose of the jobs fair is to introduce local people to businesses and contractors working at the Power Station so that they can be matched with jobs and training opportunities.

The regeneration of Battersea Power Station is creating 20,000 jobs over the coming years and through Wandsworth WorkMatch and BASE, which is Battersea Power Station’s own training academy, over 400 local people have already found jobs or apprenticeships at the Power Station.

Jobs and training opportunities range from work at the shops and restaurants which are already operating at Circus West Village, through to construction jobs and work involved in the management and upkeep of the development itself.

Cllr Kim Caddy, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Business at London Borough of Wandsworth, who officially opened the jobs fair, said: “This famous building and the surrounding former industrial estate is now creating over 20,000 jobs and training opportunities for local people, as well as opportunities for local businesses to become part of the supply chain and prosper from the regeneration taking place on a site that had previously been derelict for 30 years.”

Sarah Banham, Communities Director at Battersea Power Station, said: “Job fairs are a really important way of connecting people directly to the organisations which can offer employment or training opportunities at Battersea Power Station.  A few years ago, barely a handful of people came to work at this derelict site, but now as construction is underway and the first shops, restaurants and offices have opened we are able to help people with career opportunities that simply wouldn’t have existed before.”

Over half a million people have already visited the new riverwalk at Circus West Village since it opened last year. The MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus service is now operational, putting Battersea Power Station within 15 minutes of the West End and under 40 minutes to Canary Wharf. A new pedestrian entrance has also opened, connecting Circus West Village with the rest of Nine Elms via Battersea Park Road.

Businesses already open include: Mother, a pizzeria from Copenhagen offering simple soul food (voted third best pizza in London), No. 29 Power Station West, a relaxed neighbourhood bar and restaurant serving great food all day, Italian restaurant Fiume where chef Francesco Mazzei serves classic Italian food from Calabria,  Wright Brothers, a new riverside seafood restaurant from the renowned London oyster and shellfish specialists, The CoffeeWorks Project, a family-run business serving the best coffees and tea from around the world as well as homemade cakes and biscuits, Vagabond, one of the UK’s first urban wineries offering 100 wines by the glass and a fantastic range of craft beers and seasonal food, Tonkotsu, an authentic Japanese restaurant known for its ramen and homemade noodles and Cinnamon Kitchen, the sister restaurant to Cinnamon Club from chef Vivek Singh, known for its modern Indian flavours and fiery dishes.

The Malaysian shareholders of the Battersea Power Station project are committed to giving back to the communities in which they operate. They recognise the importance of creating shared value and this is embedded in all their undertakings to ensure that they contribute to building a harmonious and caring community.

For further information visit batterseapowerstation.co.uk and follow @BatterseaPwrStn to keep up to date with the latest information, events and news.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Press Office, Battersea Power Station Development Company
T: +44 (0) 20 7062 1870
E: pressoffice@bpsdc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

About Battersea Power Station:

  • Battersea Power Station is one of central London’s largest, most visionary and eagerly anticipated new town centres in which roughly half the development will comprise shops, restaurants and office space. In addition, there will be a six-acre public park, a town square and a new tube station (scheduled to be within Zone 1).
  • The Battersea Power Station project covers 42 acres and includes 3.5m sq ft of mixed commercial space, together with 4,364 new homes.
  • The successful regeneration of Battersea Power Station will create 20,000 new jobs, inject £20bn into the UK economy and create a funding mechanism for the first major tube line extension since the Millennium. A new NHS medical facility is also being built.
  • The Battersea Power Station Foundation supports local charities and community projects. Over £3.3m has been awarded since it launched in 2016; on average, £207,000 is granted per month and the largest grant awarded was to Battersea Arts Centre for £305,000.
  • Circus West Village is the neighbourhood centre for the first part of the development. It opened to the public in Spring 2017 and since then over 500,000 people have visited to enjoy the ongoing programme of events and the new shops and restaurants.
  • Residents started to move in to Circus West early in 2017 and continue to do so. The Village Hall, a new performance space, has opened at Circus West Village and a new MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus service commenced on 1 November 2017.
  • The Battersea Academy of Skills Excellence (BASE), the development company’s bespoke jobs and training service created for those living locally, was launched in 2016.  It is focused on matching people with jobs at Battersea as well as providing training relevant to the job pipeline at the development.
  • Battersea Power Station is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors comprised of Sime Darby Property, S P Setia and the Employees’ Provident Fund. Management of the development is being undertaken by the British-based Battersea Power Station Development Company.
     
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