Hospital project firm gives cash to help jobless
ONE of the main contractors for the Southmead Hospital development has donated £3,000 to a "back-to- work" programme on the estate.
Carillion is supporting The Greenway Centre's employability courses to improve the confidence and prospects of long-term unemployed in the area.
The cash was secured by Carillion's Southmead Regeneration Project (SHRP) after it applied to a Dragons' Den-style programme run by the company to offer financial support to teams within the business who could convince the judges their funding would make a genuine and lasting difference.
It will help the Greenway Centre help as many as 20 local people back into work and could be match-funded by other contractors working on the £435 million hospital development.
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In partnership with the centre, the SHRP also plans to support people through on-site job shops run by Big Green Week supporter Carillion's recruitment arm, SkyBlue.
Alex Kittow, general manager of the Southmead Development Trust, said: "Carillion's funding will provide training at the Greenway Centre for unemployed adults in Southmead to increase their employability and we are delighted to have their support.
"The courses will include employability skills, CV writing, interview preparation and technique, how to search for jobs on the web, creating and using an email account and typing covering letters."
Keith Hutton, Carillion's project director at the Southmead development – due to end in 2015, said: "We are very much here for the long term and we are determined to leave a positive legacy by supporting the local community throughout."