A GREENOCK councillor at this time hit out after it emerged that not one of many 25 apprentices recruited to work in town’s new £21m new well being centre was native.
Colin Jackson slammed contractors Hub West and managers at NHS Higher Glasgow & Clyde for failing to provide alternatives for younger individuals, particularly those that dwell close to the new-build in a neighbourhood which has the very best ranges of poverty within the nation.
Recruitment of apprentices had been included on a listing of ‘group advantages’ trumpeted as a part of the broader undertaking.
Well being board chiefs insist makes an attempt had been made to seek out apprentices from Inverclyde however Mr Jackson says this isn’t adequate.
He stated: “It’s vastly disappointing that we’ve a £21 million building contract with a group profit clause written in that gives for 25 apprenticeships – together with trainee electricians, joiners, plasterers and a trainee website supervisor – and never certainly one of these apprenticeships went to a teen from Inverclyde.
“I welcome the group advantages this undertaking has supplied like instructional actions and coaching alternatives for our highschool pupils and a group backyard, however what our younger individuals want most are effectively paid expert jobs.
“Whereas the younger individuals from Falkirk, Clydebank, Glasgow and past have benefited from this construct, and I don’t grudge any of them the chance to study a commerce, too a lot of our personal younger individuals are once more left scrapping for the non-unionised, minimal wage, zero hour contract jobs which might be left.”
Councillor Jackson requested well being chiefs to seek out out if the apprentices had been native after the listing of group advantages was made public and hailed as an enormous success.
He insists such a state of affairs ought to by no means be allowed to occur once more.
Mr Jackson stated: “What could be very irritating is that I do know it may be performed – the council itself works very exhausting to guarantee that recruiting native apprentices is a part of its procurement course of.
“When the contractors first arrived on website I requested a gathering to debate the group advantages clause which is inbuilt to all publicly-funded contracts.
“At this assembly with me and the native residents’ group I introduced up the topic of apprenticeships and coaching, and settlement was reached to fulfill up once more to debate the matter additional.
“After that preliminary assembly I attempted a number of occasions to arrange one other one to debate potential job alternatives, however all my requests went unanswered.
“West Hub Scotland, who’re the Scottish Authorities’s associate on this construct, have given no consideration to actual wants when writing up the group advantages.
“What higher legacy is there than giving a teen a ability for all times?”
Hub West Scotland and contractors say the the group advantages from the undertaking included the 25 apprentices, the creation of 16 new jobs, 9 work expertise placements, 12 instructional visits to colleges, 24 coaching alternatives for the workforce and investing £13,000 in a neighborhood church and In-Work social enterprise primarily based on the close by Broomhill Group Hub.
The contractors additionally constructed the memorial within the courtyard in reminiscence of Greenock nurse Janice Graham, who sadly died after contracting Covid-19.
Well being board chiefs say that though Hub West weren’t capable of finding any apprentices, they immediately employed eight native individuals on the location.
A spokesman for the well being board stated: “Hub West Scotland promotes employment inside the west of Scotland and whereas it isn’t all the time potential to safe apprenticeships immediately from the native space, makes an attempt had been made to handle this by promoting alternatives inside the native space and selling native employment organisations.
“Within the case of the Greenock Well being Centre, our employment associate was The Inverclyde Belief and steering was issued to all contracting corporations to advertise this.
“We’re happy that this resulted in 16 direct new employment alternatives, with eight of these individuals being native to the Inverclyde space.
“We are going to proceed to work with Hub West Scotland to ship employment alternatives in native areas throughout NHS GGC.”