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Lives changed through social procurement

 

A partnership between the Department of Housing and Public Works and yourtown Social Enterprises is providing life-changing employment and training opportunities for young people.

The department’s Building and Asset Services (BAS) team has partnered with yourtown social enterprises for almost 20 years via its national headquarters in Milton, creating jobs, training and development opportunities for young Queenslanders in Logan. A recent contract has yourtown workers building and maintaining fencing on public housing sites in the Logan region.

The clients yourtown services are 17-25 years old who have trouble finding and keeping a job. In 10 months, the team of 21 yourtown workers have built more than 2km of fencing, gaining valuable on-the-job training and skills and setting them up for employment success.

The Building Construction and Maintenance (BCM) category of spend is more than $3 billion per year with BAS strategically managing their customers’ building, construction and maintenance activities, which equates to approximately half of the total spend for the BCM category. The work is often in some of Queensland’s most disadvantaged and remote communities.

“BAS is committed to adding social value to government spending wherever we can. When this recent fencing and maintenance contract came across the desk, we saw the potential to do some good in the South-East Queensland community with yourtown and it’s great to see this investment is assisting young Queenslanders to enter the workforce,” said Joanne Gill BAS Acting General Manager.

yourtown CEO Tracy Adams welcomed the government’s commitment to social procurement.

“The extension of our agreement for fencing and mowing services is making a real difference for young people aged 17-25 years who are engaged in these projects,” said Ms Adams.

“These young people are gaining valuable on-the-job experience and acquiring the necessary skills and experience to enable transition to the open employment market in a sustainable way.”

“Seven of the 21 clients involved in these projects have already gained full-time employment, with the remainder continuing their employment with the social enterprise or are now involved in other educational activities.   

“This approach to social procurement provides more than just income for the participants – it provides them work and social skills as well as self-confidence.

“This work has been a life-changing process for them.”

Queensland Government Social Procurement Advisor Frank Dinneen said the partnership between yourtown and BAS was a great example of the value of government working with social enterprise.  

“When Government buys through local social enterprises, we not only get great products and services, we add social value to Queensland communities and support Queensland businesses,” he said.

These are important priorities for the Queensland Government, outlined in the Buy Queensland Procurement Policy.   ​​​​​​​



Last updated 22 June 2018    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


 

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