Investing in our local community

4th May, 2018


Working with contractor, Jackson, to deliver the first project as part of our A629 improvement programme, not only means working with a high quality civil engineering company, it also means working with a dedicated team that work with the local community.

Since being awarded the contract to work with us to deliver the A629 Salterhebble to Shaw Hill project last year, Jackson have employed trainees, engaged with the community and recruited locally.

Their ethos is to make everything they do meaningful, with a real benefit for their company, their people and the community. This ethos helps to enable our goals of growing the economy, reducing inequalities and building a sustainable future.

Investing in people

Last week, we met Brandon, a brand new member of the team, who has just started his apprenticeship with Jackson. Brandon applied through the dedicated Yorkshire apprenticeship scheme, YORfuture, which drives additional skills development to meet the needs of employers and industry.

Brandon is an enthusiastic student; he’s just completed two years at Huddersfield Engineering College and he plans to study for a HNC at Leeds City College. Observing that it’s ‘always different and interesting’, he has a keen interest in civil engineering, so this opportunity to work with Jackson is ideal.

Engaging locally

As partners in the nationwide Considerate Constructors scheme, Jackson work to demonstrate and promote the highest standards of considerate construction. This commitment includes inspiring the future generation of engineers.

Workshops have taken place with Park Lane Learning Trust and Crossley Heath School to promote careers in engineering and construction. The team also hosted a stand at the Park Lane careers fair, promoting opportunities to our local year 10 and 11 students. 

Alongside their engineering promotion campaign with young adults, they’ve also presented at local primary schools, promoting safety around the work site to local students.

Jackson’s Regional Director, Brett Jarman said: “The time to act and invest in our future is now – our most precious resource is our Engineers and skilled trade people of tomorrow. At Jackson, we take our responsibilities seriously and are proud to support, train, guide, mentor and upskill individuals, helping to play our role in safeguarding the future of the industry.”

Transforming Calderdale

Read more about our A629 improvement programme and our aspiration to transform Calderdale through over £150 million in investment, which will improve transport, public spaces and businesses in our area:

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