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Jobs boost to build Games village

Young apprentices
The workers will build timber frames for homes in the athletes' village

A new factory and 50 new jobs are to be created by one of the firms involved in building the athletes' village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Construction skills company CCG will open a new facility in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, and take on new workers and young apprentices.

They will help build houses for the £200m athletes' village project.

The new posts will be supported by government-backed regeneration agency, Clyde Gateway.

It has been working with CCG, to deliver a £120,000 package of support including recruitment support, training and on the job assistance.

Through the support given to us by Clyde Gateway, we can offer the majority of these positions to residents within this local area
Alastair Wylie
Chief executive

The agency said this would help ensure 60% of the vacancies were filled locally.

More than half of the 50 new positions will be offered as apprenticeships.

The new employees will work in the off-site assembly of timber-framed houses at the factory in Cambuslang, which should open in April 2010.

On a visit to the site, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "This is a real boost, both for the construction sector in South Lanarkshire and for young people starting out in the world of work.

"The 2014 Commonwealth Games has the potential to transform one of the most deprived areas of our country.

"That is why we're investing millions of pounds and working hard to ensure that people in the east end of Glasgow and businesses and communities across Scotland benefit from the many new opportunities on offer."

Athletes' Village
The athletes' village will provide homes for sale and rent after the games

Alastair Wylie, chief executive of CCG, said: "Through the support given to us by Clyde Gateway, we can offer the majority of these positions to residents within this local area.

"CCG has over 30 years experience in the construction industry and is one of Scotland's largest construction employers.

"We have a culture of continuous investment in training and are committed to regenerating the area."

CCG is a member of the City Legacy Consortium, which was identified by Glasgow City Council in June as the preferred bidder to build the athletes' village.

The village project will employ a total of 620 people and will include the development of 700 riverside homes and related accommodation.

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