Rockwell, a London-focussed mixed-use property developer, is today celebrating the first graduates of its new long-term partnership with the London Training Centre, an organisation set up to provide vital skills and qualifications to those most in need.
Rockwell began working with the Centre to design askills training partnership whilst progressing its planning application for a 400-key hotel and 66 new homes at 82 West India Dock Road, Westferry. Tower Hamlets resolved to grant permission for the development in October 2018 and construction will shortly start at the site.Once built it will provide 259 jobs.
The first round of trainees was accepted in September and have received substantial support from the London Training Centre across an intensive two-month training programme, specifically designed to provide local people with access to jobs in the hotel and hospitality sector.
The first 20 people, all women from the Westferry area, have now achieved Level 2 qualifications in a range of different skill sets including; health and safety, customer service, child and young people safeguarding, CV writing, interview techniques and motivational speaking. Tailored to flexible learning, the course allows for all participants to balance the demands of day to day life with their training.
Donal Mulryan, Founder of Rockwell, visited Tower Hamlets Town Hall to present the individuals with certificates to celebrate their achievements in gaining Level 2 qualifications.
Councillor Abdul Mukit CBE was also in attendance, in addition to course leaders from the London Training Centre and representatives from Rockwell, to mark the culmination of the training programme.
Abdul Hoque Habib, Managing Director at the London Training Centre commented: “This awards ceremony is a special occasion for all of the women who have, through hard work and determination, gained vital qualifications. I would also like to thank Rockwell for the passion and leadership which they have shown in going above-and-beyond to ensure that local people are supported in their search for jobs and training. This is a clear testament to the importance which Rockwell places on community.”
Donal Mulryan, Founder of Rockwell, stated: “We are exceptionally proud of this training programme and the opportunities it unlocks for those who have taken part. It’s important to me that every development we undertake has a positive and meaningful legacy for the local community. I’m delighted to see these Level 2 Qualifications being awarded and am eager to ensure that as many people as possible have access to the opportunities which exist in this fantastic Borough.”
Jonathan Manns, Board Director and Head of Planning and Development at Rockwell said “We’re committed to ensuring that it’s the local community who benefit most from investment in their neighbourhood. This means recognising that some people face real challenges in terms of access to opportunities. With the help of the London Training Centre we’ve sought to overcome these challenges and it’s been so successful that we’re now rolling it out across our other projects.”