Clients speak of delight at success of NWCH procured projects
A number of Local Authorities and Education Clients from across the region recently attended a site visit to hear of the success of the NWCH Warrington Incubator, The Base and UTC projects.
The purpose of the visit was to promote the NWCH framework with both new and existing clients by showcasing the procurement journey and benefits of utilising the framework.
John Laverick from Warrington and Co spoke of the benefits that the NWCH brought to The Base including:
• A quick, effective and reliable route using previously vetted, tried and tested contractors.
• Reduction in risk for the Council by using the framework
• Provided confidence that contractors had the right experience having already gone through a thorough PQQ process
• Solved procurement and timeframe issues
• Provided considerable added value in regards to sustainability and social value outputs
James Backhouse, Vice Principal of the UTC praised the collaborative approach of the contractor, and the relationship he had developed which ensured that the finished building was perfect for students and teachers.
Vicky Hutchinson, ISG’s Sustainability Manager talked about the NWCH’s commitment to ensuring that investment in the local community is at the forefront of all projects. Some of the highlights across the two projects combined included:
• Delivery of 10 work experience placements for students and the unemployed
• 43 local apprentices sustained
• 14 Jobs created as a direct result of both projects
• Education activities delivered to 52 students
• 70% of the workforce resided locally within 30 miles
• Participation in Budding Brunels Programme which developed local college students’
understanding of routes into the construction industry. The students participated in site tours, mock interviews and curriculum support activities, achieving Introduction to Construction Professions Level 2 and Interview Skills Level 2 awards upon completion to supplement their learning.
• Pre-employment training delivered as part of a sector-based work academy with Warrington Jobcentre Plus. 12 unemployed individuals were supported with a four-week work experience journey, which enabled them to gain their CSCS cards. Daniel Bird, who undertook the training, subsequently gained full-time employment with ISG.
• The UTC has recently been awarded a Silver Considerate Constructors award