Social Value

We have a dedicated Social Value Team who are passionate to find impactful ways in which we can engage and provide for the communities we live and work in.

Our focus is not just on building a structure that will have a significant impact on the areas we work in, but also to utilise the construction phase to give local people skills which will be of future benefit, for them both personally and for the wider community.

Community

Social and environmental wellbeing and regeneration are very important to us. We have a dedicated Social Value team who ensure that local communities enjoy real and lasting benefits from the work we do in their neighborhoods. This includes working with community stakeholders to employ local people and businesses, providing training opportunities for disadvantaged young people, and partnering with local primary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities, making sure they are as involved, engaged, and well informed as possible.

Supply Chain

As a regional contractor, we draw extensively on locally sourced suppliers and subcontractors. Reliable and consistent resources are maintained through excellent relationships and strong communication with our supply chain members.

By targeting local labour and local suppliers, we can contribute to a sustainable community within the areas in which we work. It is our policy to employ, wherever possible, local subcontractors and suppliers with a view to ensure shorter commutes to work and more manpower availability. By procuring locally, the money stays local, and it strengthens the local economy by generating new employment and job opportunities for people within the community.

Skills Academy

WRW was the first SME in Wales to run an internal CITB National Skills Academy for Construction, demonstrating our commitment to apprentices, training and skills within the industry over a three-year programme. The Skills Academy targets investment into jobs, skills and training, supporting local firms, and leaving a lasting legacy in the communities where we work. KPI’s delivered were work experience (in education and not in education), careers advice and guidance events, training certificates for us and our subcontractors, training plans for subcontractors, and monitoring of apprentice and trainee weeks.

Education

We are fortunate to have a diverse range of staff, who are CITB Construction Ambassadors and are experienced in offering advice and presenting to a younger audience. These members of staff will visit schools to talk to students during assemblies and specific STEM events, about their experiences, job roles, and the importance of studying STEM at school. Some of the activities we provide include:
  • Mock interviewing
  • CV writing workshops
  • Trade taster workshops
  • Site safety assembly
  • Construction Career presentations
  • Design and Environmental workshops
  • Site visits
  • Work Experience Opportunities

Virtual Work Experience

Due to the impact, COVID has had on engaging with schools and colleges, we have engaged with the Speakers for Schools Virtual Work Experience Programme. The programme uses technology such as Skype, Google Classrooms, and Zoom, which allows us to engage with students across the UK.

We have in-house capabilities that can video, edit and distribute media capturing site tours, careers Q&A sessions, and marketing material to be used for a host of things, including for our clients and partners to deliver our commitment to students and pupils, providing virtual content to educate young people of all the different career routes that construction has to offer.

Speakers for Schools
Kelly Edwards

For further information, please contact

Kelly Edwards

Social Value Co-Ordinator