In order to help improve local employment and training opportunities for local residents, Sedgemoor District Council adopted an 'Employment and Skills Charter' policy in May 2009, now included under Policy D 11 of the LDF adopted Core Strategy (2011).
Under this policy, for employment developments that propose 10 or more jobs in total, the Council will seek to enter into a Local Labour Agreement with the Developer/ Applicant in accordance with the Council's adopted Employment and Skills Charter that sets out the following:
In the case of very large developments, the Local Authority may request some degree of information sharing and monitoring of the above, for example, headline recruitment information on a quarterly basis. This will take the form of clause within a legal 'Section 106' agreement or be included as a planning condition.
For developments proposing less than 10 new jobs, no formal Local Labour Agreement is required, although adherence to the spirit of the Employment and Skills Charter (i.e. local recruitment, procurement and training where possible) is welcomed within any formal planning application made.
Sedgemoor District Council has become the first local authority in Somerset to gain the prestigious National Skills Academy for Construction status from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
The accreditation means that the Council can work with developers, builders and training partners on construction projects (value over £1million) in the district, to increase economic growth by creating skills, training and employment opportunities.
Sedgemoor's aim in applying for the status is to adopt the approach across all its planning and procurement activities which will lead to more consistency and best practice in terms of employment and skills on sites and in the supply chain.
For more information please contact the Employment and Skills Manager.
A Local Labour Agreement is not a formal requirement for the company/developer to always recruit locally, but an agreement with them to take effort and practical measures to recruit and train locally where possible.
For example, this could include advertising locally, linking with the local jobs centre and developing local apprenticeship opportunities. It might also involve engaging with local schools via the Bridgwater Education Trust business mentoring programme or occasional offering schools a site tour.
A 'local' person is typically defined as someone already resident in Sedgemoor at the time of his or her application for the position vacant.
'Local procurement' is defined as the purchase of goods or services from a company or company branch based in Sedgemoor.
Sedgemoor District covers the towns of Bridgwater, Burnham on Sea, Highbridge and Cheddar village as well as the surrounding rural areas.
As a rough guide, most of the following range of postcodes are likely to cover properties in Sedgemoor: TA5, TA6, TA7, TA8 TA9, BS25, BA26, BA27 and BA28.
An interactive map of Sedgemoor can be found by using the link below:
Employment numbers should be counted to include both the construction and operational phases of development, including all sub-contractors.
Some degree of estimation is likely to be needed, particularly for the construction phase as this will not always be known at the time of application.
In this case, you are invited to agree an LLA voluntarily. Please contact the Skills and Employment officer for further information. It should be a brief process.
As this does not require formal planning permission there is not formal mechanism to seek an LLA. However, should the employee expansion be greater than 10 staff, sign-up to a voluntary LLA is still requested where possible.
Yes, the Local Authority will also be happy to participate in any positive press releases requested by the company relating to local job opportunities, recruitment and training.
Yes, some example text is available below:
"The Developer will, throughout the construction and operation phase of the development, to the best of their endeavours:
"The Developer will consider where relevant:
The Employment and Skills Charter can be downloaded via the Related Documents section below.
However, in practice this level of detail will not be needed, particularly for smaller developments. If an LLA document is required, the Local Authority will be able to discuss with you initially then supply an initial draft for your consideration.
Sedgemoor Economic Development Team will be very happy to offer you general advice, contacts and ideas on local recruitment and procurement.
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