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Community benefits

Community Benefits

Community Benefits

A range of social and environmental are included in public contracts and frameworks by the City of Edinburgh council (CEC).

CEC outline Community benefits in public contracts and frameworks in to six categories:

  • employability and skills
  • education and outreach
  • community cohesion
  • sponsorship and funding
  • fair work practice
  • supply chain and business collaboration.

Community Benefits requirements on the Trams to Newhaven project

As detailed in the projects contract and the City of Edinburgh Councils Sustainable Procurement the requirements of Community Benefits are committed to maximising social, economic and environmental benefits through the delivery of the project. 

The benefits outlined is as follows:

  • Targeted recruitment and training e.g. jobs, training, work experience, job shadowing opportunities, apprenticeships for young people and unemployed individuals
  • Supported employment for people with disabilities or other disadvantages groups
  • Mentoring – suppliers offering support and guidance to local organisations and individuals
  • The staff of suppliers undertaking volunteering within communities
  • Community enhancements – resources provided for community facilities e.g. playgrounds, habitat enhancements, environmental improvements and initiatives
  • Offer sub-contracting opportunities in an open transparent way, to local SME’s holding promotional events in the local area

We are keen to engage with the wider community including schools, colleges, universities, local charities, employability organisations and social enterprises. 

Our staff have commenced engagement with schools on a range of curriculum supported activities to promote careers in construction to students and share information about the Trams to Newhaven project.  As part of our commitment to increase social value we will be carrying out various community engagements and learning activities throughout the duration of the project and welcome those who are living or supporting communities to get in touch to further discuss where we can be working together. Our Community Benefits Lead will continue to work with the community to create a lasting legacy with sustainable community benefits. 

COVID-19 restriction does apply, however please do get in contact with it team to explore opportunities. 

Project Archaeology

human remains

Trams to Newhaven aims to aid the community in learning about their heritage. This is why we will be providing updates about the archaeology that is uncovered during the project. We will provide the community with onsite archaeology weekly vlogs detailing the current excavations and findings. Be prepared to see Leith like you have never seen it before and to learn more of its fascinating history through the eyes of an archaeologist.

Your Feedback

The project is registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, an organisation that was founded to improve the image of the construction industry.  If you are interested in exploring further community benefit opportunities, then please get in touch with our team by contacting us by e-mail on: [email protected] or by telephone 0131 322 1122