Beyond Bricks and Mortar is an important new initiative to secure social benefits from procurement and regeneration activity in the City & County of Swansea for the lasting benefits of the community.By introducing Social Benefit Clauses such as Targeted Recruitment and Training into Contracts our aim is to ensure that members of our Community, especially young people and those who have been out of the job market for some time are given opportunities of meaningful training and employment. It represents an holistic approach to regeneration, that will allow Swansea and the wider region's communities to benefit from those physical regeneration projects, particularly bringing economically inactive people back into the labour market. The project has arisen from the Swansea 2020 Economic Regeneration strategy which has been specifically tasked with addressing the issues of deprivation in Swansea linked to low income and low levels of employment. The project is designed to bring added value to the delivery of physical regeneration projects and other Council contracts. This approach also involves ensuring that we promote initiatives that will allow local companies to become part of larger supply chains as an integral part of the physical development process. Social benefit clauses offer a new approach to public procurement and can be defined as requirements made of a development or contract that would not normally have them as a defined or measured outcome. Clauses can be included to influence the following areas:
- Targeted Training & Recruitment, e.g. long term unemployed
- Supply chain initiatives, committing to local sourcing
- Community consultation (considerate contractors)
- Contributions to education
- Promotion of social enterprises
- Environmental benefits during works and at completion.
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