Minister for Employment launches work scheme at Moda, Great Charles Street

We welcomed Minister for Employment Jo Churchill MP to our Moda, Great Charles Street site in Birmingham to announce a new work experience programme for local people on the site.

A two-week Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) run by Moda and construction partners John Sisk & Son in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions will offer jobseekers work experience and a chance to learn new skills with a guaranteed interview at the end.

Minister for Employment, Jo Churchill MP said: “Collaboration between the Jobcentre and local business is a win-win - jobseekers enhance their skills while companies fill vacancies.

“John Sisk & Son know just how valuable providing opportunities to local jobseekers can be and it was fantastic to see how they are creating jobs while building more homes right here in Birmingham.

“I urge all Brummy businesses to reach out to their local Jobcentre so we can fill vacancies, help people into work and boost the local economy.”

Tony Brooks, Executive Chair, Moda Group, said: “As long-term custodians of the communities we operate in, we have been proud to support local people with their training and career aspirations, something we’ve been committed to in the region since 2018.

“As our Moda, Great Charles Street project takes shape to add to our pipeline of over 5,000 homes in the Birmingham region, we look forward to working with the council, Sisk and our other stakeholders to deliver this new gem of a neighbourhood to the Jewellery Quarter.”

This follows the successful partnership between Moda and Sisk on the West Midlands Combined Authority Skills Hub during construction of Moda, The Mercian, a 42-storey neighbourhood consisting of 481 homes for rent. The skills hub offered local people free construction training and a guaranteed job interview after completing a course through the hub, resulting in 300 people being employed on site.

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