Agenda Item No. 9
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 9TH SEPTEMBER, 2013
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 15TH JULY, 2013
C1410 PENARTH LEARNING COMMUNITY – DELIVERY OF COMMUNITY BENEFITS – PROGRESS UPDATE (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – LIFELONG LEARNING) –
Members were informed of the Community Benefits on the Penarth Learning Community Project.
The public sector in Wales spent a significant amount of money each year and there was a growing requirement to develop ways in which this expenditure could be used to deliver wider social, environmental and economic benefits to the local community. In this respect, the incorporation of social benefits in public procurement contracts was helping to maximise the impact of public spending through the wider community benefits such as targeted recruitment and training (TRAT).
The main principles of targeted recruitment & training for Penarth Learning Community was to ensure that:
· New opportunities were provided for new entrants, trainees and those leaving education including those currently not in employment, education or training.
· The development by the contractor in conjunction with the Council and local agencies, realistic recruitment and training processes to ensure successful implementation of the Councils requirements.
· The contractor used and promoted local procurement and looked to work with local suppliers to develop their capacity.
· Benefits to the local community of the scheme were maximised.
· Working with local education providers and training bodies including but not limited to Cardiff and the Vale College, local schools and 6th form provision.
As part of the Penarth Learning Community construction and demolition process, it was envisaged that the substantial investment associated with the project should reap local benefit in terms of targeted recruitment and training as well as in many other ways.
The report outlined that through the Targeted Recruitment and Training Method Statement the Council has stipulated the following outcomes:
"The Council intends that for every £1m in contract value provided, the Contractor will provide a minimum of 80 weeks of employment for a New Entrant recruited from a source to be agreed with the Council."
The Penarth Learning Community contract value was £39.45m, equating to a total of 3156 Person weeks of New Entrant involvement to be achieved during the construction and demolition process.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the contents of the Penarth Learning Community report be noted.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee’s (Lifelong Learning, Economy and Environment, and Corporate Resources) for information.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To note the information regarding the positive impact that the Penarth Learning Community is having on the local community.
(2) To inform relevant Scrutiny Committees on progress.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 15 July 2013