Social Value Update – April 2021

Apr 23, 2021Social Value

We continue to use the Social Value Portal to measure the value the Lewisham Gateway Project is generating locally. The tool draws upon data to provide metrics for the value of the activities and initiatives that we are carrying out, such as employing local people and engaging with the community.

Key highlights so far:

  • 4 apprentices have worked 56 weeks
  • 3 graduates have worked 47 weeks
  • 3 young people have gained work experience
  • 3 career sessions delivered with Barnardo’s YouthBuild Academy
  • 4 accredited training sessions
  • 24 Lewisham residents employed
  • 1 Meet the Contractor event
  • £2,000 donated to community projects
  • £27,654,000 spent with local businesses

Using the Social Value Portal, the total additional value we have delivered is £31,146,633*. The infographics below show how we are performing against some of our targets. The ‘dials’ on the graphics will increase through the lifespan of the project as we make progress towards our objectives.

Apprenticeships: We committed to employ 30 apprentices during the lifetime of the project. We recently had a new apprentice join the Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick team, bringing the number of apprentices who have worked on the project to 4. You can find out more about our new apprentice here.

Supporting young people into the construction industry: We have built on our relationship with the Barnardo’s YouthBuild Academy, taking part in a mock interview session in March with 7 of their students. We are actively looking for other schools and groups to engage with to inspire young people to consider construction as a career – if you would like to get in touch about engagement opportunities, please email alice.mann@balfourbeatty.com.

Local jobs created in Lewisham: We committed to provide employment for 90 local residents. We are beginning to have more sub-contractors on site as the project progresses which will provide additional employment opportunities. All of our positions are advertised on the Lewisham Construction Hub. The graphic below shows FTE figures.

Local spend within 40miles: We have spent £27,654,000 in the local economy, exceeding our original target of £17,900,000. We anticipate this value will continue to grow as we procure more works.

*social value pending verification, figures subject to change

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