Library of Birmingham

The Guardian reports: 'Central to the building of this unique, state-of-the-art library, are on-site apprenticeships, placements and a goal to help 250 local people back to work.

'To date the project has helped 161 local people back into work – 56 of them as apprentices. It has teamed up with Business Action on Homelessness and as a result, 22 people have completed two-week Ready for Work placements and 12 have secured permanent positions with subcontractors.'

Carillion is Birmingham City Council's construction partner for the four-year project that began in 2008.