Work on the Newbattle Centre is already reaping rewards for the local community.
Local men Ian Ferguson and Tam McGuiness are helping to construct the state-of-the-art community hub and high school after attending a recruitment event in January.
Meanwhile, Ross Maxwell started working on site through an agency and has since been taken on by RJT, the groundworks firm.
Ian, from Gorebridge, is employed by the appointed contractor, Morrison Construction, while Tam from Loanhead, is also working with RJT.
The building, being delivered by the council’s development partner, Hub South East, is expected to open in 2018 and will hold up to 1200 pupils. It will include a library, gym, swimming pool, sports facilities (including all-weather pitch) and a range of community facilities.
Garry Sheret, Midlothian Council’s head of property and facilities, said: “Midlothian Council takes creating employment and training for our communities extremely important. We are targeting procurement to ensure that every project we have delivers some form of wider benefit for the local community it serves. We would hope these jobs are just the start of the opportunities resulting from the Newbattle project.”
Derek Scotland, project director for Morrison Construction, said: “Ian, Ross and Tam’s journey is the most recent success on our projects which has also been possible due to RJT. We will continue to work hard with all stakeholders involved to maximise the opportunities that this project can create for local people and local businesses.”
Richard Park, operations director for Hub South East Scotland, Midlothian Council’s development partner, said: “I’m proud that this hub project is already delivering real community benefits such as employment opportunities.”