One such project is the creation of a social enterprise, which will help deliver external redecorations and estate improvement works. The social enterprise will work in conjunction with local college PROCAT and Jobcentre Plus to target long-term unemployed residents and help recruit the right trainees, who will be trained and mentored by Morgan Sindall engineers and staff. The social enterprise will be a not-for-profit organisation and any surplus will be re-invested back into the business or the local community.
The contract will also provide up to 30 apprenticeship opportunities at any one time and work to improve employability by offering CV writing courses and interview training through local workshops.
Chief Executive of Basildon Council, Bala Mahendran, said:
“This great partnership with Morgan Sindall highlights our commitment to our residents and allows us to provide a more efficient and streamlined maintenance service.
“We’re pleased that this new contract will provide better servicing and renewals works for tenants across the borough. In addition, the introduction of new services means that people will have a better choice and improved access to what they need to maintain their homes.”
John Morgan, Chief Executive of Morgan Sindall Group, said:
“Morgan Sindall Group has a track record of working in Basildon having built the Sporting Village and delivered a major regeneration project in Laindon. We are delighted to have been awarded another opportunity to work within the borough. Basildon Council is a forward-thinking organisation whose ambition we share to drive innovation in service delivery. We developed a bespoke offering for Basildon, one that would support the Council’s aspirations to ‘create opportunities’ for the local community.
“The length of this contract will not only enable us to provide long-term employment opportunities for local people but ensure we continue to develop new and smarter ways of delivering our services. We look forward to working with Basildon Council and its residents over the next 15 years.”