The developer of a £225 million business park in Hinckley has outlined its commitment to help reduce unemployment and raise skill levels.
IM Properties’ (IMP) pledge to the local community is part of an Employment and Skills Charter the company has signed in partnership with its main contractor, Winvic Construction Ltd, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council (H&BBC) and parcel giant, DPD, who is delivering a £150m new super-hub on the site.
The charter outlines the various parties’ commitments to identifying employment, apprenticeships, training and work experience for local companies and individuals that arise during the construction phase of any building as part of the Hinckley Park development.
IMP estimates that 280 full-time jobs will be created each year during the park’s construction. When the scheme, which includes a 532,000 sq ft speculative warehouse and the DPD super-hub is fully operational, it is expected to create around 2,000 jobs.
IMP development director, Richard Lawrence, said Hinckley Park will support growth and regeneration across the region.
“Throughout this project IM Properties have forged a great relationship with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and is committed to supporting the local economy through the Hinckley Park development,” he said.
“By working with the council, the Department for Work and Pensions, and North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, we will provide access for school children, unemployed residents and job-seeking students to all employment, apprenticeship and training opportunities that flow from our construction contracts.
“We will also look to provide a window to the world of the industrial and logistic sector and its associated supply chain and provide young people with the chance to gain valuable site and project related work experience.”
Councillor Hall, who was understandably delighted that the charter had been agreed and signed, said:
“It is an ambition of this council to improve our economy through job creation and creating opportunities for training and skills development for our local community. This skills charter is a commitment by the major development partners at Hinckley Park to work with H&BBC to deliver those opportunities.”
Danny Nelson, director at Winvic, added: “We strive to provide opportunities for local people on our sites and we have seen first-hand how it makes a real difference to people’s lives. Not only is this charter an excellent example of partnership working, but it illustrates the commitment by IMP, DPD and the council to add significant value to communities by supporting them.”
The charter signing follows a busy and well attended Meet the Buyer event, which IMP and its construction partner, Northampton-based Winvic hosted in conjunction with North Warwickshire & Hinckley College, to open up conversation and opportunities to local businesses.
Pictured Above: Top row – Danny Nelson, Winvic Construction Ltd / Stephen Ellis, DPD
Bottom row: Richard Lawrence, IM Properties /Councillor Mike Hall, H&BBC / David Smith, IM Properties