Belfast City Council is hosting two major events in November around the job and subcontracting opportunities that will be available through the development of the Waterfront Conference and Exhibition Centre.
Work started earlier this month on the £29.5 million extension to Belfast Waterfront – the biggest capital project in the council’s ongoing Investment Programme. It is providing £11 million to expand the venue’s current conference and exhibition space, together with £14.4 million funding from the EU Sustainable Competitiveness Programme and £4.1 million from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Local companies can register to ‘Meet the Buyer’ at Belfast Waterfront on Tuesday 4 November and find out about the subcontracting opportunities arising from the extension. A week later, on Tuesday 11 November, an ‘Employment Information Day’ is taking place around the job and training opportunities generated by the milestone project.
Businesses particularly those involved in the construction industry can attend the first event to hear about development work and meet with the main contractor McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd and selected sub-contractors.
A range of supply chain opportunities are available in the following areas that will include work with the interior walls and ceilings; doors and ironmongery; fencing and gates; roofing; steelwork; decorating; cleaning and landscaping. A full list of the work will be available on the council website at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/waterfront. The event will run from 10am -12.30pm on Tuesday 4 November with registration at 9.45am.
The Employment Information Day will take place from 9.30am-1pm on Tuesday 11 November. It is open to everyone and will provide information on the employment opportunities that will become available as the work progresses.
Attendees can meet with the main contractor, subcontractors and a range of skill development and local training organisations to learn more about the skills needed to apply for jobs and apprenticeships.
There will be more on the construction of the Waterfront extension in the next print issue of Plant & Civil Engineer