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Local Labour Agreements


In order to help improve local employment and training opportunities for local residents, Sedgemoor District Council adopted an 'Employment and Skills Charter' policy.

Summary

  • Local Labour Agreements (LLAs) involve a commitment from employers or developers to sign up to the Employment and Skills Charter in order to commit to try and recruit and procure services locally.
  • Where 10 or more jobs are proposed, through adopted planning policy the Council will seek to enter into an LLA secured through either a planning condition or legal agreement (S.106).
  • Smaller employment developments do not need to have an LLA, although a voluntary written commitment (for example, within planning applications) to try to recruit and procure locally will be welcomed and encouraged.

Background

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:

  • An agreed % target for local labour
  • A training and recruitment plan and
  • Commitment to an agreed proportion of local procurement of services and supplies".

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.

CITB

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.

If my company signs up, what will this mean in practice?

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.

How is a 'local person' defined'? How do you define 'local procurement'?

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:

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How should employment numbers be counted?

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.

I don't know how many new jobs will be created or, I am not sure whether this will be more than ten new jobs? Do I still need to agree an LLA?

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.

I'm looking to expand the number of staff on an existing site and do not need to make a formal planning application. Do I still need an LLA agreement?

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.

Can we develop positive media stories around local recruitment?

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.

Do you have any example text I could include in my planning application (I am proposing fewer than 10 new jobs)?

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:

  • Recruit local people already resident within Sedgemoor
  • Procure local products and services. 
  •  Ensure any sub-contractors also support local recruitment and procurement."

"The Developer will consider where relevant:

  • Recruiting a local apprentice
  • Accessing local training opportunities as required
  • Encouraging any sub-contractors to consider apprentices and local training".
Can I see the Employment and Skills Charter / template Local Labour Agreement?

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.

Where can I find out more about taking on an apprentice?

For general information on apprenticeships, please see either the National Apprenticeship Services (below) or the Bridgwater College website

Gov.uk - Apprenticeship Guide

Where can I find out more about local training courses?

For information on local training courses of all kinds, please see the following links:

LearnSomerset.co.uk

Bridgwater College

Who should I contact at Sedgemoor District Council for further information?

Sedgemoor Economic Development Team will be very happy to offer you general advice, contacts and ideas on local recruitment and procurement.

Contact us on 01278 435537 or economic.development@sedgemoor.gov.uk

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