Integrated Care Centre – Local Employment
The partnership between J21, Community 1st Oldham (C1O) and construction partner Carillion on the ICC development delivered results for local people.
The partnership aims to create local employment and business opportunities on all the LIFT health and community facility developments being built across Oldham over the next 25 years; commencing with the flagship Oldham Town Centre Integrated Care Centre (ICC).
19 yr old Nicola Chatterton was the first person to be recruited through the J21 initiative for LIFT.
Nicola was taken on in the role of construction site receptionist on the ICC by Carillion. Having gained an NVQ level 2 in administration, Nicola previously worked for Rochdale Youth Offending Team before being made redundant in February. She commented “This job offer came as a pleasant surprise and I’m really looking forward to the challenge. I still have a lot to learn in my chosen profession but this job will provide me with lots of experience.”
J21 directly contributed financially to various training requirements for each of the apprentices they placed to gain the required qualifications to either meet entry level requirements for employment or to support their continuing professional development. Educational development was provided through Oldham College / University Centre Oldham.
“In all our LIFT developments we endeavour to ensure that community regeneration and employment generation opportunities are maximised. LIFT is not just about new buildings but about supporting wider regeneration in the borough. This was a key target for us when working in partnership with NHS Oldham on the flagship ICC development.” Neil Charlesworth, Director, Community 1st Oldham.
Through the J21 scheme 28 year old Agnieszka Lysak was also appointed by Carillion, to the role of Document Controller.
Agnieszka, originally from Czestochowa in Poland, came to the UK in 2003 as an exchange student at the University of Salford to study for her Masters Degree in Engineering and Environmental Protection. On completion of her degree Agnieszka decided to settle in the UK and started her second masters, an MSc in Planning and Sustainable Environments.
Agnieszka, however, had high ambitions of becoming a construction project manager but struggled to break into the industry and was working full time as an assistant manager at McDonalds to fund her studies.
The J21 programme supported Agnieszka to gain the relevant construction site certifications and gave her an opportunity to work with a highly reputable national contractor, working on the flagship ICC.
In order to help Agnieszka realise her ambition and succeed in her post, J21 have placed her on a part-time HNC in Construction at University Centre Oldham which she started in October 2007.
Agnieszka Lysak comments “I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and train as an Engineer. My father is a big influence and his dream became my dream. The construction industry for me is exciting, you never stop learning, discovering and experimenting. I enjoy being part of the creation process and seeing a project develop from inception to completion. You can be proud of yourself.”
“The J21 team and wonderful people like Robert Lynch and Bob Barber made my dream come true. They were the people who never gave up on me and were determined to help me. J21 helped me get my job with Carillion as well as funding my course. Now, working for Carillion I am doing the job I love and everyday is a pleasure. It is an interesting learning curve. I love what I do because I can develop my knowledge and learn from professionals who are supporting me along the way.”