- Public Sector Work – CH-Y : Construction & Housing Yorkshire
CHY was founded by the Public and Third Sector as a concept named Construction Leeds in 2004 to act as an impartial co-ordinating body for the construction industry in Leeds.

Leeds City Council, Jobcentre Plus and a local regeneration charity Renew began discussing the partnership and began inviting other key partners to join including CITB, Federation of Master Builders, Leeds College of Building and the Local Strategic Partnership – The Leeds Initiative.

CHY was set up with the simple objective to “make sure that major construction projects in Leeds benefit our communities by creating jobs, delivering training and generating business opportunities”.

We worked alongside Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Forward to embed employment, skills and local business outcomes within their procurement and planning processes; both organisations illustrating their commitment by piloting the process on their high profile Leeds Arena and Tower Works developments in 2009.

We continue to work with Leeds City Council and other key public bodies to both embed, deliver and monitor Social Value activity on construction sites through our Social Impact Plans; which can be integrated into any reporting matrix.

We continue to work within the local Third Sector at both strategic and operational levels to ensure the vast number of opportunities created on construction sites are suitable, accessible and secured by local people that need them most.

We now want to see a unified approach across the construction industry for clients, contractors and the communities they work to ensure that the prosperity that comes with the physical regeneration of a city is inclusive of all those that live there

Public Sector Employment and Skills

Last year Social Impact Plans were agreed for 36 sites; these generated 250 new local jobs, 46 apprenticeships and over 300 weeks of work experience.  With many projects still live they continue to generate additional Social Value for the city.

We worked with the local authority and local Registered Providers to produce an umbrella Social Impact Plan to cover the entire Housing Growth Programme in Leeds; this would allow opportunities to be shared across multiple housing projects to ensure sustainable jobs, long term business opportunities and skills growth.

For more information on the CHY Construction Skills contract, see how you may be able to help or to look at implementing a similar project in your area please Contact Us

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Sector Research and Strategy

We provide a strategic and operational service that develops, delivers and monitors employment and skills obligations on major construction projects throughout the city. To achieve this we:

  • develop realistic Social KPIs for construction projects;
  • agree these with developers, principal contractors and the local authority;
  • assist the main contractor and their supply chain to deliver the outputs required;
  • support the local Infrastructure of third and public sector organisations to target the outputs at those local residents most in need;
  • monitor the KPIs and collect further information behind the numbers such as names, addresses, previous situation, qualification etc;
  • Independently evaluate the project outputs and outcomes once achieved and feedback to all stakeholders

Employer Engagement

Step Up Into Construction

Step Up Into Construction is a collaborative partnership set up to deliver work placements, training, further education and employment in the construction industry in Yorkshire.

A grant fund of £500k from the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme (ESIF) 2014-2020 has been match funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to provide a total of £1million.

CHY is working in partnership with lead partner Leeds College of Building, local authorities, colleges and training providers throughout Leeds City Region to secure their first step into the construction industry and support a growing need to attract more potential employees from across the Leeds City Region into construction and its associated industries.  We are engaging with employers working on over 100 construction sites throughout the city region to offer Step Up learners site visits, 300 valuable work experience placements, interviews and 190 sustainable employment and apprenticeship opportunities.

For further information on Step Up Into Construction and to see how you can support the project please Contact Us

Funding

With our objective to ensure that the opportunities we create are accessed by those vulnerable local people furthest from the labour market we manage and have access to funding that can support training, accreditation, work experience and avenues to sustainable employment.

We manage the Flexible Fund in Leeds to deliver more qualifications and create sustainable jobs for those vulnerable people living in local communities.  The funding enables those furthest from the labour market to be offered specific training and qualifications such as CSCS cards, PASMA and First Aid which are not provided through mainstream funding

With private match funding in place we have managed several successful bespoke training programs which have seen 65% of learner’s secure employment or education on completion. Over 75 valuable weeks of onsite work experience and 225 qualifications have been achieved in the last 12 months.

We are also working with the Yorkshire Builders Federation to support a bursary scheme to help individuals progress their career within the industry.  The fund supports individuals at all levels within the industry; from those wishing to enter the industry as a new employee to those looking for the next step in their career.

We are continually exploring ways that the funds can be further used to help hard to reach groups into the industry. Through partnership working with the local third sector, housing associations and the local authorities, funds can continue to train the next generation of the construction workforce.

For more information on the Third Sector and Community Engagement, see how you may be able to help or to look at implementing the fund in your area please Contact Us

Constructing Excellence

We lead the development and delivery of a national Social Value Task Group working alongside Constructing Excellence in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The Social Value Task Group sits within the Constructing Excellence Procurement Theme Group and is obviously a key driver for the procurement group, supporting clients who must take social value into consideration when procuring contracts.

The task group indicates, scrutinises and shares best practice in the development, delivery and management of Social Value, as well as offering practical advice, guidance and tips on social value to both clients and contractors.

Rob Wolfe is currently Chair of the group.

For more information on the Constructing Excellence Social Value Task Group and to find out how we can become involved please Contact Us

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