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Locals to get jobs and a say in future of Titanic Quarter

Belfast City Council and Titanic Quarter Ltd have reached a ground-breaking agreement to help local people access opportunities from the 185-acre site.

Seventy firms are already based in Titanic Quarter providing over 2,000 jobs, with a further 500 construction workers currently on site. During its 20-year development plan it is anticipated that 15,000 construction and 20,000 permanent jobs will be created.

The agreement, the first of its kind between the City Council and a private developer, covers employment, community outreach, housing, tourism, public realm and accessibility.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Pat Convery said: “Titanic Quarter is a ‘titanic' opportunity for the people of Belfast and Northern Ireland. It will generate not just significant economic benefits, but a wide range of social benefits which have the potential to improve the quality of life for everyone in the city.

“The agreement is a major undertaking which brings the council, government, communities, education providers and the private sector together to work on behalf of Belfast.”

The deal will provide bespoke pre-employment training schemes to help the unemployed and economically inactive to access jobs, including 12 Department for Employment and Learning Bridge to Employment training places linked to 50 new jobs being created by Premier Inn at its new Titanic Quarter hotel.

There will also be construction related opportunities for apprentices and long-term unemployed linked to the development of Titanic Belfast (formerly known as the Titanic Signature Project).

Mike Smith, CEO of Titanic Quarter Ltd added: “Creating a new urban quarter from scratch is a major challenge. Connecting Titanic Quarter seamlessly with the rest of Belfast requires joined-up thinking and the agreement with Belfast City Council creates a clear pathway to do just that.”

The agreement is overseen by a Strategic Advisory Board comprising senior representatives from the public and private sector. Action Groups are being established to deliver projects on specific themes such as TQ Work, TQ Access, TQ Outreach, TQ Housing, TQ Tourism, and TQ Space.

Lisa Morgan, from East Belfast Partnership is the liaison officer on the TQ work action group. “It is early days and the structures have just been set up but we welcome this agreement and believe it will help generate a lot of jobs for the local |community,” she said.

“There are community representatives to sit on every action group, so there will be involvement at every level to ensure local people living in the city benefit from this development.”

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