Objective 5 - Community Benefits
In order to achieve this objective, Warmer Homes Scotland is expected to provide benefits to the wider community through vocational training and employment opportunities and Warmworks has committed to an Employment and Skills Plan ( ESP) which set targets to be achieved over the term of the contract. Table 10 shows the ESP targets against the commitments Warmworks and its supply chain have made to exceed these targets.
Figure 14: HES Customer advisors opinions of the scheme
Warmworks is also required to:
- Ensure that it operates the contract in line with the Scottish Government's Environmental Policy;
- Consider the use of social enterprises in the delivery of the contract;
- Consider engaging with Community-Based Activities that local people can engage with on a region by region basis, that are centred around alleviating the effects of living in poverty; including social isolation and poor health;
- Optimise opportunities for SME involvement; and
- Take a similarly positive approach to workforce-related matters as part of a fair and equitable employment and reward package as the Scottish Government (this also applies to Warmworks' subcontractors).
Anecdotally, the Scottish Government review team is aware that many of these have been achieved but formal reporting structures were not yet in place for the period of the review so Community Benefits should be considered a key element of the 2016/17 review of Warmer Homes Scotland. From 2016/17, Pennington Choices will audit Community Benefits reporting on a monthly and quarterly basis.
Table 10: ESP targets and Warmworks commitments
|Deliverable||ESP target||Warmworks commitment|
|Work Placement or Work Shadowing (14-16 years) - persons securing||20||68|
|Work Placement or Work Shadowing (16 plus years) - persons||20||60|
|Skills For Work: Construction Crafts||40||44|
|Renewable Energy Skills Framework for Action||50||67|
|Pre Apprenticeship Electrical Installation and Renewables||40||37|
|Graduates - persons benefitting from graduate positions||10||17|
|Apprentice (Including Modern Apprentices) Starts - new person registered on schemes||18||48|
|Existing apprentices - persons registered on existing schemes||8||70|
|Apprentice (Including Modern Apprentices) Completions - persons completing apprenticeships||18||60|
|Jobs created in the core PAS 2030 work areas including office / support - number of new jobs created in this area of work||15||47|
|S/ NVQ Starts for Subcontractors - persons gaining award||20||41|
|S/ NVQ Completions for Subcontractors - persons gaining award||20||32|
|Training Plans for Subcontractors - number of plans to be completed||6||11|
|Supervisor Training for Subcontractors - persons to be trained||10||16|
|Leadership and Management Training for Subcontractors - persons to be trained||10||18|
|Advanced Health and Safety Training for Subcontractors - persons to be trained||15||25|
Recommendation 11 - Community Benefits reporting should be a key focus of the 2016/17 review of Warmer Homes Scotland.