Hot social value outcomes delivered for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

As well as handing over the project on time, within the client’s budget, and to their full satisfaction, construction of the Wigan Community Fire and Ambulance Station by Willmott Dixon delivered some excellent Social Value outcomes for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

As part of this, the contractor was able to provide an opportunity for an ex-offender who had just been released from prison to get back into work. By employing Lee as a gateman, based on his positive attitude, the contractor gave him a new focus and the skills to develop his career. Lee has since moved on to work on other construction sites in a full-time Operative role, while staying out of trouble with the law.

Additionally, the contractor capitalised on its excellent relationships with organisations such as Wigan & Leigh College to offer apprenticeship and work experience opportunities to young people in the local area. 17 students were invited to on-site work experience placements relevant to their studies, while 8 young people were taken on as apprentices with Willmott Dixon and their suppliers in areas such as project management, HVAC and electrical engineering.

“This job has made a big difference to my life, I needed to maintain a routine and it has provided a good wage and a chance to learn some new working skills.”  Lee, Local Resident and Employee


Social value activities achieved measured via NWCH KPIs were:

Education Activities – 4

Apprentices – 10

Community Activities – 3

Employment Activities – 3

Work Placements – 7

Trainees – 45

Total – 72

Read a case study about the project here



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