Mayor to witness BAM Construction, BAM Nuttall, Carillion and Kier commit to targets on jobs and site skills training

The contractors and developer on mega-scheme King's Cross Central will today sign a construction employment charter agreeing targets on provision of jobs and training on the site.

The agreement will be signed at a celebration being held to celebrate the seal of approval being given to the development's new training skills centre, which was awarded National Skills Academy for Construction project status in March.

The training model at King's Cross Central, which is Europe's largest city-centre regeneration scheme, will support the estimated 26,000 jobs created during the construction phase of the 8 million sq ft scheme over the next 15 years.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson will be present at the celebration, where the four main site contractors, BAM Construction, BAM Nuttall, Carillion and Kier, and developer King's Cross Central will sign the charter.

Work on site at King's Cross Central
Work on site at King's Cross Central

As well as setting targets for jobs and training, matching skills to job opportunities across the site, the charter aims to ensure that local communities benefit from job opportunities created during construction. Contractors have also agreed to use local companies as suppliers where they can.

The National Skills Academy for Construction, which has approved the skills centre, is a partnership between ConstructionSkills, employers, clients, colleges and funding providers, to deliver project-specific training on site.

The mayor said: “The construction sector is not only vital to helping London through the current downturn, it will also play a major role in its future economic prosperity, delivering the critical infrastructure improvements that will ensure the capital remains competitive.”

He added: “The outlook for London is very good, but we must maximise the benefits that come with these major development projects. I applaud these contractors who are working together to set new standards in the delivery of skills and training.”