Procure Partnerships Framework Contractor Partner ISG is currently on-site making excellent progress on a £4M programme of works creating a new Breathing Apparatus (BA) School on behalf of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. Learn more about the progress of the project here.
Here at Procure Partnerships Framework it is important that our Contractor Partners share our values and ethics and apply them to every single project they secure via our framework. This includes the importance of social value and giving back to the local community. As well as making excellent progress on site, the ISG team has been recognised by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) for their work supporting the community.
The team scored 40/50 on its latest report, with the assessor commenting, “localism is inherent in the spirit and management of both project and corporate matters; details are collated for monthly KPI reporting purposes; job opportunities have been created!”
The team has worked closely with the client and community to identify, and support causes close to the project. Including plans to carry out repairs for a local women’s refuge, and creating employment and training opportunities for young people, ex-offenders and those experiencing long-term unemployment. It’s not just the site team that has been involved in the social value efforts, ISG’s bid team provided training to local charity Inspire Youth Zone as it applied for grant funding.
Inspire Youth Zone ensures all young people across the borough have somewhere safe to go, access to incredible activities and opportunities and most importantly have someone to talk to.
Karen Hunter, head of fundraising at Inspire Youth Zone, said: “it was incredibly useful, and gave us some fantastic tips! Every theme made complete sense and focussing on front loading, answer plans and drawing out the benefits statements will definitely be on top of my list moving forward. it really does mean a lot to us all and I look forward to sharing some of our new successes over the next few months.”
Paul Collins, senior bid manager at ISG, said: “It was fantastic to meet the team at Inspire Youth Zone. Young people across Chorley have access to this fantastic resource and support centre, and it is great to think our support in bid writing might result in funding to expand those services.”
At a recent T-Level session at Cardinal Newman College, another valued Procure Partnerships Framework client, ISG also presented some new technologies that are being used in the construction industry.
Kerry – Anne Foster, T Level quality lead operations, Cardinal Newman College, said: “Our digital learners have been disadvantaged by the pandemic and have been unable to access placement opportunities. Therefore, enrichment sessions that maintain their passion and enthusiasm for their progression into the digital workforce are vital.”
Natalie Palframan, Key Account Manager, Procure Partnerships Framework, said: “There is so much opportunity to create an impact through Social Value within public sector procurement. We’re thrilled to be able to drive forward some fantastic community outcomes for our clients through the framework. We work hard to ensure our contractors are delivering the key outcomes on our clients’ agenda and ISG’s work here is a fantastic example of this partnership.”