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Community Benefits 2017-04-05T15:56:26+00:00

The construction of the new hospital has brought considerable benefits to the people of Dumfries and Galloway, including employment and training opportunities for individuals, contracts for local businesses, and engagement with children and young people in schools and colleges.

High Wood Health’s construction partner Laing O’Rourke has worked closely with Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Employability and Skills Team to recruit and train as many locally based staff to deliver the new hospital for the region. Dumfries and Galloway Total Access Point (DGTAP) has provided a single point of contact for the main contractors Laing O’Rourke, and their sub-contractors, to advertise and match job opportunities. They are now at a stage in the construction programme where all posts have been successfully filled.

Local businesses have taken up opportunities to tender for a range of contracts such as the supply and fit of large scale boilers, waste management, specialised trade for internal fit out and landscaping of the new hospital.

Over the course of the project Laing O’Rourke have provided over 100 hours of free up skilling and training sessions to local businesses, including working with DGTAP, training and development with CITB, Digital Engineering, Health and Safety and Supplier safety information days.

In addition to the commitment to work with local businesses, employee training has been a high priority. New employees have been offered training and development relevant to their role, including the latest Laing O’Rourke Safety Training. To date over 90 people have undertaken an SVQ and equivalent level qualifications such as BTEC’s, apprenticeships, IOSH Health and Safety, as well as other qualifications specific to the construction industry.

By the time the new hospital is handed over in September 2017 many local people will have have made a significant contribution to the construction programme remaining on schedule, and will have gained valuable experience working on an exciting new build project.

Schools and Colleges Engagement 

Laing O’Rourke is fully committed to a programme of engagement with children and young people to raise awareness of careers in engineering and construction. This includes 50 work experience placements (at site of the new hospital) and 36 curriculum engagement events in schools and colleges throughout the region. Activity has been ongoing since construction of the new build started, and will continue until its completion in September 2017.

To find out more about activity in schools  and colleges please contact :

Ailsa Westgarth, Community Benefits Officer for Laing O’Rourke.

E-mail: awestgarth@laingorourke.com / Tel: 07469 417207

Employment Opportunities 2017

For the 25 year operational period of the new service contract, Serco will provide an Estates Management Service, and associated Helpdesk as well as an Energy Management Service. The estates management service will include preventable and reactive maintenance of services for both the buildings and hard landscaping, in and around the new hospital.

Serco have commenced recruitment of the new maintenance personnel to ensure the team is on board and fully trained on the new systems and equipment, in advance of the new hospital opening. A Site Manager was appointed in June 2016, two site engineers will take up post in January 2017, and more opportunities to work with Serco will be made avaliable from February 2017.

Serco’s recruitment will be via the Serco Job Shop and DGTAP. Monitor the Serco website for recruitment and project updates : http://www.serco.com 

Contact DGTAP to register your interest on DGEmployability@dumgal.gov.uk 

Speak to an Employer Engagement Officer on 01387 245191.

Visit the DGTAP website – http://dgtap.co.uk

Find DGTAP on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/DGEmployability

Here are case studies of young people working on the new hospital project..

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Alistair Johnstone

Industry Placement (Work Experience)

How old are you? 20

Where do you live? Dunscore 

What is your post title working on the new hospital site with Laing O’Rourke? Trainee Package Manager 

How long is your contract? Not applicable, I am on a four month industry placement from my degree course.

What were you doing before you took up this placement? I was studying Civil Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University. I will return to my degree course after the placement with L’OR is complete.  

If you have any plans ideas about what you want would like to do after it is complete, what are they?Complete my degree course in Glasgow, then progress into an exciting career within the construction industry.


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Alastair Murgatroyd

Administration Assistant

How old are you? 24

Where do you live? Dumfries

What were you doing before you took up this post? I was working for Boots as a personal delivery courier delivering medication to care homes and those unable to collect their prescriptions from the store.

What is the term of your contract with Laing O’Rourke? The contract with Laing O’Rourke is permanent. When construction of the new hospital is handed over to NHS D&G, I will have the opportunity to work on different projects with Laing O’ Rourke.

If you have plans or ideas about what you would like to do after it is complete, what are they? I’d like to continue to working in administration working for a large organisation. I am currently working towards an SVQ in business administration with Laing O’Rourke, hopefully that will help secure any future employment should I decide to work elsewhere.

 

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Catherine Campbell

Assistant Document Controller

How old are you? 21

Where do you live? Dumfries

What is the term of your contract with Laing O’Rourke? The contract with Laing O’Rourke is permanent. When construction of new hospital is complete and it has been handed over to NHS D&G, I will have the opportunity to work with other projects with Laing O’Rourke.

What were you doing before you took up the post? I studied Visual Communication (Graphic Design and Creative Media) to HND level.

Whilst studying I worked part-time as a Domestic Assistant at DGRI and continued working there after graduating until I was successful with my interview with Laing O’Rourke for this post.

If you have any ideas about what you would like to do after the new hospital project what are they? I would like pursue a career within creative industries and I feel that working with Laing O’Rourke has given me valuable experience and skills within a business environment to develop this.

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Colin McKie 

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer – Laing O’Rourke Graduate Development Programme (employed within the Crown House Technologies Business Unit of Laing O’Rourke)

How old are you? 29

Where do you live? Dumfries

What is the term of your contract with Laing O’Rourke? The contract with Laing O’Rourke is permanent. When construction of the new hospital is complete and handed over to NHS D&G, I will have the opportunity to work on other projects with Laing O’Rourke.

What were you doing before you took up this post? I graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2015 with a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. I studied for my degree part-time for four years whilst working in the estates department at NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

If you have plans or ideas about what you would like to do after it is complete, what are they? I would like to continue to work with Laing O’Rourke.