The Connected Places Award: ENGIE

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Finalist for Business in the Community's Connected Places Award 2019

ENGIE: Creating £30m of social value for Wakefield thanks to long-term partnership building across the city
 
ENGIE has a unique relationship with Wakefield. As part of a 10-year plan that started in October 2016, the business works in partnership with Wakefield Council to deliver services, including facilities management, buildings maintenance, repairs and cleaning. However, it wanted to go further, to help the people of Wakefield become healthy, active and inspired.
 
 
The city is the 65th most deprived district in the UK (out of 326), according to a joint strategic needs assessment1, with 47,000 people living in neighbourhoods among the top 10 most deprived. So, ENGIE and the council have identified education, skills deprivation and health as key areas to support.
 
Initiatives have been run with an investment of £568,000 and 821 volunteer hours from Engie employees. These include support for the Primary Futures initiative. The business ran a Can We Fix It? day, with workshops from architects, bricklayers and electricians to raise awareness of career options. Volunteers across the business have supported secondary school students by providing careers events and mock interviews.
 
Partnerships with Adult Education, Jobcentre Plus and charities such as Working Wardrobe has allowed ENGIE to support getting people ready for work too.
 
To address poor health, the business has worked in schools, regularly hosting clubs in priority schools to make sure children eat properly during the holiday periods.
 
According to the business, this range of activities has generated more than £30 million in social value for Wakefield. As a result of the relationships it has built in the city, Engie is acknowledged as one of the top six employers in the region, demonstrated by a 400% increase in the number of applications for apprentice roles since the start of the contract.
 
References
  1. Wakefield JSNA. Poverty: Index of Multiple Deprivation. Available at wakefieldjsna.co.uk

Unless otherwise stated, the information in this impact story has been supplied by ENGIE.