Hundreds of job opportunities coming to Southall

Luciana Buzak employment and skills manager, Anna Okwu Havelock resident, Hibo Hirey advisor and project coordinatorLast week Catalyst hosted an event to highlight the hundreds of new employment opportunities coming to Havelock in Southall.

Not only will there be full-time and part-time work, Catalyst is committed to helping young people start their careers. During the course of the regeneration there will be 50 apprentice opportunities in a variety of roles as well as numerous work experience vacancies.

Working in partnership with Ealing Council, Ealing College, Southall JCP, GOYA, and Connexions over 60 people registered their interest at the event. Jobs on offer included site secretary, quantity surveyor, electrician, plumber and many more roles. These jobs will start later this summer.

The redevelopment of Havelock will create an exciting, mixed tenure community in the heart of Southall. In November 2013 Ealing Council’s planning committee approved Catalyst’s proposal to create 904 new homes.

Plans for the estate include providing a mix of new houses and flats for rent, shared ownership and sale, a new community centre and shops, a redesigned canal-side area and open spaces and activities and opportunities for young people

Work is expected to start onsite in the summer/autumn of 2014, with all the homes completed by 2025.

Hibo Hirey, advisor and project coordinator at Catalyst Housing said:

“The regeneration of Havelock is going to improve people’s lives. Not only will they have beautiful new homes that meet current living standards but with the increase of jobs it will give young people and families’ new opportunities.

It was encouraging to see such a strong turnout of young people interested in the apprenticeships.’

Anna Okwu, a resident of Havelock who is interested in being a site secretary said:

“I’m really excited about the regeneration and can’t wait to see it come to life. At the moment I work part-time as a carer for disabled people. I would really love a full-time job as the site secretary, during this time of recession the job security would be a life changer for me.”