Hope for thousands of building jobs in York

York Press: Hope for thousands of building jobs in York Hope for thousands of building jobs in York

UP to 1,000 new building jobs could be created in York each year for the next 15 years with the building of 22,000 new homes, but a lack of major skills could stop York people taking advantage of the opportunities, according to figures presented to City of York Council's cabinet this week.

A special task group was set up in July last year to look at the issue, and reported its findings to the council cabinet on Tuesday.

Although the construction boom could help York's economic recovery, employers said they struggle to recruit enough skilled people in York, either in practical jobs or commercial or sales positions, the report said.

The industry has particular problems recruiting women, either into office based jobs or elsewhere, it added.

Cllr Joe Watt, who led the task group, said the council needs to act fast to make sure people in York can take advantage of the new job opportunities.

The cabinet agreed to support YorCity Construction network as it works with builders and training centres to get more York people trained in construction skills.

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12:03pm Thu 8 May 14

BL2 says...

Total joke - we do not need that many homes. There is no room for them, no infrastructure to support them, and they are not wanted!
Total joke - we do not need that many homes. There is no room for them, no infrastructure to support them, and they are not wanted! BL2
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12:43pm Thu 8 May 14

MrMrWW says...

Totally agree with BL2. York is a small city that simply cannot support this level of development. Even at the present population level, the infrastructure is under heavy strain and creaking.

The Council really do not know what they are doing. Here's hoping for change.
Totally agree with BL2. York is a small city that simply cannot support this level of development. Even at the present population level, the infrastructure is under heavy strain and creaking. The Council really do not know what they are doing. Here's hoping for change. MrMrWW
  • Score: -34

3:05pm Thu 8 May 14

again says...

Unfortunately proper planning always plays second fiddle to money-making.

How will ever-increasing numbers of people get about other than leaping into their cars and creating the next traffic jam?
Unfortunately proper planning always plays second fiddle to money-making. How will ever-increasing numbers of people get about other than leaping into their cars and creating the next traffic jam? again
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3:39pm Thu 8 May 14

YorkPatrol says...

York is a small city and should remain as such. No more housing! Not needed, not required and nothing in place to support an ever increasing population.

If there are not enough houses, people can live elsewhere… i.e. Leeds
York is a small city and should remain as such. No more housing! Not needed, not required and nothing in place to support an ever increasing population. If there are not enough houses, people can live elsewhere… i.e. Leeds YorkPatrol
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11:22pm Thu 8 May 14

Magicman! says...

Although the construction boom could help York's economic recovery, employers said they struggle to recruit enough skilled people in York, either in practical jobs or commercial or sales positions, the report said.

And the reason for this has been too much focus over the last 14 years for getting people into university instead of gaining proper skills in proper work. Then the Labour government of the time introduced the New Deal scheme for jobseekers, which involved a 3rd party company being paid millions of pounds to "provide training" for jobseekers - the problem there is the company which provided this 'training' for the York area was called A4e, a company that was later convicted of fraud - a company that was given information about each jobseeker when they joined the programme, and then ignored the information instead putting the person into a charity shop for 30-40 hours a week, where not even the 'permanent' staff are being paid... one example being that a jobseeker (not myself, I might add) was trying to get work in the warehousing sector (he lived at Sherburn and the biggest warehousing employer in the area there is Eddie Stobart) - the jobcentre told A4e that the person needed training for a Forklift Truck license (FLT and Counterbalance), the A4e manager looked at the notes for this person, and told him his 'training' was at the Scope shop. There was a seperate example whereby a group of people from the Selby area did not get any help at all from A4e and so purposefully bungled the theft of a car so they would get caught and sent to prison for re-offending, these people knowing prison was a better and more helpful environment than Labour-supported A4e!!

And because of that situation, the country now has a backlog of over 14 years worth of people who are now unskilled, people that were supposed to be trained but never were, people who are now either in their late 20's or early 30's and still classified as 'unskilled'. To boost Employment rates in York, there needs to be direct action to get people in this group trained up in a skill.
[quote]Although the construction boom could help York's economic recovery, employers said they struggle to recruit enough skilled people in York, either in practical jobs or commercial or sales positions, the report said. [/quote] And the reason for this has been too much focus over the last 14 years for getting people into university instead of gaining proper skills in proper work. Then the Labour government of the time introduced the New Deal scheme for jobseekers, which involved a 3rd party company being paid millions of pounds to "provide training" for jobseekers - the problem there is the company which provided this 'training' for the York area was called A4e, a company that was later convicted of fraud - a company that was given information about each jobseeker when they joined the programme, and then ignored the information instead putting the person into a charity shop for 30-40 hours a week, where not even the 'permanent' staff are being paid... one example being that a jobseeker (not myself, I might add) was trying to get work in the warehousing sector (he lived at Sherburn and the biggest warehousing employer in the area there is Eddie Stobart) - the jobcentre told A4e that the person needed training for a Forklift Truck license (FLT and Counterbalance), the A4e manager looked at the notes for this person, and told him his 'training' was at the Scope shop. There was a seperate example whereby a group of people from the Selby area did not get any help at all from A4e and so purposefully bungled the theft of a car so they would get caught and sent to prison for re-offending, these people knowing prison was a better and more helpful environment than Labour-supported A4e!! And because of that situation, the country now has a backlog of over 14 years worth of people who are now unskilled, people that were supposed to be trained but never were, people who are now either in their late 20's or early 30's and still classified as 'unskilled'. To boost Employment rates in York, there needs to be direct action to get people in this group trained up in a skill. Magicman!
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