J21 is a partnership initiative, established by Oldham & Rochdale Partners in Action, Oldham & Rochdale Councils, Hopwood Hall College and The Oldham College.
Our remit is to help local businesses and people secure construction related employment and contracts on major developments that will be delivered across Oldham & Rochdale over the next 10-15 years. This will help sustain and grow the local construction sector, and address the skills shortage.
In the past 12 months of operation, we have helped over 120 people into construction related jobs, invested over £300,000 on training and developing the skills of local people since the project began. We have also assisted local businesses secure contracts in excess of £3million and developed bespoke interventions to increase the competitiveness of local businesses. To achieve this, we work in partnership with developers, national contractors and their supply-chain; local businesses; public and private sector training providers; local and national agencies; public sector funding/commissioning bodies and local procuring bodies.