Sisk and Moda build new careers at Great Charles Street BTR

John Sisk & Son’s and Moda Living will offer a new work experience programme at the Great Charles Street Build to Rent site in Birmingham.

L-R: Chris Trunkfield, Moda; Steve Rogers, Sisk; and Minister for Employment Jo Churchill along with employees at the Great Charles Street Build to Rent site | BTR News
L-R: Chris Trunkfield, Moda; Steve Rogers, Sisk; and Minister for Employment Jo Churchill along with employees at the Great Charles Street Build to Rent site.

Jobseekers interested in construction could benefit from a new work experience programme in the heart of Birmingham – at the Great Charles Street Build to Rent site, the Minister for Employment Jo Churchill announced today (4 January 2024). 

A range of opportunities are up for grabs with John Sisk & Son’s at Moda Living’s Build to Rent development in the city’s Jewellery Quarter. Opportunities are available for labourers, groundworkers and electricians to painters and decorators. 

The Minister for Employment visited the Great Charles Street site today and heard from two site operatives who had previously completed similar programmes through Jobcentres in the Birmingham area. 

“Partnerships between Jobcentres and local businesses are a win-win; supporting jobseekers to enhance their skills and secure employment while companies fill vacancies who have had some experience before undertaking a new role.” 

“John Sisk & Son know just how valuable providing opportunities to local jobseekers can be and, it was fantastic to see how they are creating jobs while building even more homes, and boosting the local economy here in Birmingham. 

“I urge all businesses to reach out to their local Jobcentre so we can help match jobseekers with exciting career opportunities in the West Midlands.” 

Minister for Employment, Jo Churchill MP

In preparation, a two-week Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) run by the company in collaboration with the DWP will offer jobseekers work experience – as well as the chance to learn new skills with a guaranteed interview at the end. 

Those on the Great Charles Street site will play a crucial part in transforming a former council car into a new Build to Rent development, consisting of three blocks ranging from six to 39 stories. The scheme will deliver 722 new homes – a mix of one- two- and three- bed apartments. Amenities include a gym and cinema room.

“As long-term custodians of the communities we operate in, we have been proud to support local people with their training and career aspirations, something we’ve been committed to in the region since 2018. 

“As our Moda, Great Charles Street project takes shape to add to our pipeline of over 5,000 homes in the Birmingham region, we look forward to working with the council, John Sisk & Son and our other stakeholders to deliver this new gem of a neighbourhood to the Jewellery Quarter.” 

Tony Brooks, Executive Chair, Moda Group

This news follows a successful partnership between Moda and Sisk on the West Midlands Combined Authority Skills Hub during construction of Moda, The Mercian, a 42-storey Build to Rent development in Birmingham which consists of 481 homes. The skills hub offered local people free construction training and a guaranteed job interview after completing a course through the hub, resulting in 300 people being employed on site.

John Sisk & Son has worked with the Birmingham Jobcentre network for almost five years. The company has supported jobseekers into various construction roles, helping to upskill people to support Birmingham’s construction sector. Since last year, 147,000 new construction roles have been filled across the West Midlands.