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Everton Stadium offers opportunities to develop skills and secure new career in construction

Everton Stadium continues to offer opportunities for people across the Liverpool City Region to develop skills and secure a new career in construction.

The positive social value of the build in north Liverpool is inspiring future generations through inclusive employment, as well as continuing to contribute to the local economy.

Unlike other construction companies, Laing O’Rourke, the Club’s construction partner, retains a directly employed workforce and provides them with industry leading pay and benefits. 

In addition, two thirds (67%) of the construction workforce on the stadium project are from the local area, which exceeds construction industry targets.

Almost 150 additional new jobs have been created within a 30-mile boundary, with further employment opportunities being made through the supply chain partners, whose products and services will aid the construction of the new stadium.

A total of 55 apprentices are now working on, or contributing to the project, and more than 200 students have learned about the project and career opportunities within construction through a series of ongoing site activities and educational site visits.

An ongoing knowledge transfer partnership is also in place with Liverpool John Moores University, to enable more students to become actively engaged on the project.

Meanwhile, Laing O’Rourke has also partnered with leading training providers The Learning Foundry and The Skills Centre to launch more exciting opportunities for local people to work on the 52,888-capacity stadium, which is recognised as the largest single-site, private sector development in the country.

As part of pre-apprenticeship courses through The Learning Foundry, participants will be taught the basic formwork carpentry or steel fixer skills, plus health and safety requirements of the industry, and gain their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, which will grant them access to work on any construction site in the UK.

Ten new apprentices, who successfully passed through the scheme, have already started working alongside some of the most experienced tradespeople and technicians in the industry.

Work placements have also been offered to local unemployed residents through a partnership with Liverpool in Work, while the health and wellbeing of the workforce continues to be a priority, with a mental health upskilling programme in place for all staff and workers on site.

Laing O’Rourke has also commenced a site collection for the Food Pantry at the Blue Base, run by Everton in the Community and the Fans Supporting Foodbanks, while than 100 Laing O’Rourke staff have offered their services to volunteer on community projects in the area.

Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will contribute an estimated £1.3bn to the UK economy, creating thousands of jobs and attracting 1.4m visitors to the city of Liverpool, annually.

Once complete, the scheme will have acted as a catalyst for more than £650m worth of accelerated regeneration directly benefiting the nearby Ten Streets development.

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