Jobs and skills
We want to ensure our local communities can take full advantage of the opportunities on their doorsteps
Throughout the six years of construction, we’ll need a range of people with the right skills.
We want at least 45% of our workforce to be recruited from within 20-miles of the project.
We also want to create a higher-skilled community and improve training standards for building world-leading low-carbon infrastructure
Here’s a timeline to you give you an idea of the range of opportunities we’ll need during construction, including the phase of works.
We want to create a higher-skilled community and upskill our workforce to operate and thrive in a net zero world
We’ll be providing extra support within our communities by providing new job opportunities to people who are currently unemployed.
We’ll be designing pre-employment programmes for disadvantaged and underrepresented groups to give them the support and skills needed to be work-ready.
We’re also committed to offering job interviews to local applicants from these groups that meet the minimum job application criteria.
Disadvantaged and underrepresented groups include:
- Women returners
- Homeless, or at risk
- Care leavers
- Adult learners
- Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Tackling barriers into employment will be key, so we will:
- ensure our recruitment processes are inclusive and accessible throughout our supply chains
- attract and retain people from a range of backgrounds
- be open and transparent and consider and understand diverse needs
We want to give local people the opportunity to help address the construction skills gap and provide them with the tools to access higher skilled jobs.
During construction, we’ll be offering training to local people, such as the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and CITB-accredited courses.
We will also upskill our workforce by supporting them with industry specific qualifications such as National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and health, safety and leadership qualifications.
The Lower Thames Crossing offers a game-changing opportunity to deliver a workforce with new green skills to build infrastructure in a net zero future
Everyone who works on the project will be enrolled in the digital Carbon Academy. Here they will undertake a core programme of learning and be given access to a library of resources that will enable them to do their job more sustainably.
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We’ll need a huge team to help us build the Lower Thames Crossing.
The main bulk of job roles will come during construction, if the project is given permission to go ahead we will start in 2024.