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Carillion Civil Engineering – Leaving a Lasting Community Legacy

The NPTC Group of Colleges Building Stronger Communities Award, Shortlisted 2016

Civil engineering company Carillion is using a road development project as a catalyst to deliver social benefits for South Wales. Working with local groups, the project is providing investment, employment, training and apprenticeships.

Good for business

  • The project has involved 66 staff members (58%) of the 113 staff on site in community work.
  • The firm’s future workforce is being shaped by the scheme which has delivered over 5,000 weeks of New Entrant Trainee employment and 21 apprenticeship schemes.

Good for society

  • 38 local charities and initiatives have been supported by 2,700 hours of volunteering from Carillion staff.
  • 4,600 pupils have benefitted from the firm’s educational support activities across 44 local Primary and Secondary schools.

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When, in 2010, Carillion secured a contract to design and build a new section of the A465 dual carriageway between Tredegar and Brynmawr in the Heads of the Valleys, the firm was determined to generate social benefits from the project.

The comprehensive Community Benefits Plan identified the key social and economic issues that needed to be and addressed in the area and set out strategies for tackling them. A dedicated Community Manager and a Public Liaison Officer were employed to deliver the plan.

To maximise positive impact on the communities surrounding the scheme Carillion focused on forming partnerships to gain local support and knowledge and to attract additional external funding.

The Heads of the Valleys area has faced a number of issues since closure of the coal and steel industries.  This has resulted in severe deprivation, economic inactivity, poor quality jobs and low educational attainment.

Carillion’s Leaving a Lasting Community Legacy project set out to increase value for Wales by not only delivering first class modern infrastructure but also making sure that the short and long term economic and social benefits were maximised in the local and wider Welsh economy. 

Carillion Civil Engineering in Wales employs around 808 people. Across the UK the company undertakes all types of major infrastructure work.

What Carillion's Managing Director said:

“The A465 Section 3 team have exceeded all expectations and targets in delivering their ‘Community Benefits Plan’.  They have clearly made a real impact on the lives of local people by providing employment, developing skills, supporting young people in their education and journey into work, in addition to enhancing their community by supporting local activities, projects and charities.

“By sharing their achievements across the Carillion group they have been a real inspiration to other teams, which is helping us to exceed our corporate 2020 Sustainability Strategy targets.

“They have been a great example of what a committed team can achieve to support sustainable communities.” - Mark Davies, Managing Director, Carillion Civil Engineering Rail and Highway Maintenance

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