The City and County of Swansea’s Beyond Bricks and Mortar initiative was established to add value to the County’s procurement and generate new training and employment for long term unemployed and economically inactive people in the locality.
With a planned physical regeneration agenda, the initiative fulfilled a wider remit of putting people at the heart of each project.
The initiative ensures that social benefit clauses are in place in each contract, working closely with the procuring team to maximise the benefits achievable. The community benefit elements of each contract are scored by BB&M, working with the contractor to create training and employment opportunities for the target groups. The initiative relies on partners working with the unemployed for a supply of trainees to fill the places created and these are monitored by the team.
The Council believes that each opportunity is valid, regardless of size, if it helps to take the recipient to the next step in their employment. The project has seen great success for trainees and employees with many being kept on after the contract has ended.