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Ty Pawb, Wrexham Arts Hub

The Challenge

The Council were committed to the delivery of local economic and social benefits through the refurbishment of the People’s Market to create the T9 Pawb Centre.

After signing the’Employer Pledge’ to support Wrexham’s vision we focused on the key strategic objective for employment, education, skills and training and to open doors to career and skills development opportunities for the young people in the County.

The Response

Local Supply Chain: We engaged with their local supply-chain partners, with 77% of the project spend within North Wales and 45% spend to SMEs within 30 miles of site.The project safeguarded 345 construction Jobs In the region with 66% of the workforce living

within 40 miles of the site ensuring local investment and sustainability for the SMEs and employees.

Employment Opportunities: We worked In partnership with DWP Job Centre Plus and The Prince’s Trust on the’Get Into Construction programme, delivered in collaboration with the North Wales Construction Framework and other contractors. Two work placements for young people were completed on the scheme, and Christian

Davies successfully secured a permanent position with an electrical contractor.

A total of 14 employment opportunities were created (including recruitment of apprentices and unemployed people, either directly or via the supply chain). A total of 9 apprentices were employed, significantly above the projecft KPI target of 2.

Community Benefits

Local schools were invited to take part in a construction site visit and art workshop to be held during the construction phase. The schools who took part In the tour and workshop were St Marys RC Primary, Hafod Y Wern Primary and Ysgol Y Grango Secondary totalling 198 pupils.

Additional site visits and work placements were offered to the Coleg CambriarsTraineeshlp Programme with the completion of one work placement for student Dyfed Edwards.

The Results

Pupil Interactions

The successful outcomes of the construction tours with these schools has meant that we were able to take our first bookings for school visits immediately as part of our Learning Programme which is excellent promotion for us and has allowed us to build a great relationship now with each of the schools and the teachers moving forward.

It is our aim to have each pupil from these schools from all the school years to visit us. We will invite all primary and secondary schools to take part in the T9 Pawb Formal Learning Programme from Wrexham, Shropshire and Cheshire asT9 Pawb is a unique resource not Just for North East Wales but for the North West!

Ellie Ashby, Learning & Engagement Officer, Ty Pawb

Transferable Solutions

We review every project using a lessons’ learned exercise to identify practices to positively replicate on future projects. TheYear 2 programme of Coleg CambriarsTraineeship Programme will be supported on our new primary school project in Flintshire.

  • Client Wrexham County Council
  • Location Wrexham
  • Sector

    Leisure

Winner of the Gold Medal for Architecture: Retrofit of the year 2019, Best Cultural Building under £5m

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