Employment & Skills Development
In July 2018 the construction company Sunninghill commenced the build of an extension at Ninfield Primary School in East Sussex. This was a relatively small project lasting 7 months, but nevertheless generated Social Value related to employment and skills that has benefitted a number of individuals and the local community.
The Skills East Sussex Team are keen to see examples of the following social value commitments in a contract:
- employment and training opportunities for East Sussex residents with the contractor or supply chain,
- employability activity undertaken by the contractor or supply chain such as supporting careers activities in East Sussex schools, or offering work experience to local students.
- more strategically the employer supporting the overall careers programme within a school as an Enterprise Adviser, working closely with the school’s Careers Lead and management team
Aims / Objectives
For Sunninghill’s contract with East Sussex the following commitments based on National Skills Academy programme targets were agreed, with what was achieved in the right hand column.
|National Skills Academy||Project Commitment||Project Achievement|
|Work Placement (16 plus years)||37.5hrs||42.5hrs|
|Curriculum Support Activities ??"individual engagement||23hrs||16hrs|
|Apprentice Starts - persons||1530 hrs in total||1616 hrs in total|
|Existing Apprentices - persons|
|Apprentice Completions - persons|
|Jobs created on construction projects - number||1||1|
|S/NVQ Starts for Subcontractors||1||2|
|S/NVQ Completions for subcontractors||1||1|
|Training Plans for Subcontractors - persons||3||4|
|Supervisor Training for Subcontractors - persons||2||2|
|Leadership and Management Training for Subcontractors - persons||1||1|
|Advanced Health and Safety for Subcontractors ??" persons||2||2|
- 3 employees from Sunninghill supported the Mock Job Interviews workshop at Claremont Primary School, Bodiam in February 2019
- Sunninghill allowed school children from Ninfield School to see demonstrations of a crane, concrete pump and dumper truck. This became part of a drawing competition within the school.
- A sixth form student who lives in Chelwood Gate near Uckfield spent a week of work experience on site in August 2018. The student sent a letter the following week to Sunninghill saying that the experience has given him an interest in a Construction career
- Of the apprentices Sunninghill took on a plumber, carpenter, electrician and a fencer from the East Sussex area, and continued the training of a buyer who was from West Sussex
What was the employer’s perspective of the social value achieved?
Sunninghill actively promote local engagement and training as part of running a sustainable business and their supply chain generally have the same ethos. The company feels that they have only captured a proportion of the Social Value and Employment and Skills Development undertaken, and that in time this will increase as then industry become more familiar in recognising, recording and reporting this type of information.
Sunninghill reported that that the exercise has driven them to allocate dedicated resources to support their CSR functions and develop in-house procedures to capture and promote SV and ESP activities. They feel that local engagement, particularly with a school is always an enjoyable and rewarding thing to do.
What is Skills East Sussex’s evaluation of the social value achieved?