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: firstname.lastname@example.org / 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
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