SUR is committed to actively supporting the delivery of the Council’s strategic regeneration objectives. We are uniquely placed to optimise the socioeconomic impacts of development across the town. Our strategy is to maximise local economic and community benefits through leveraging SUR’s programme of development activity.
SUR operates as a considerate developer, engaging in localism, sustainability, skills training and education. We seek to add value through our commitment to create community benefits, which include the use of the local supply chain and contributing to the employment opportunities and education of the local community. We place Slough residents and business at the forefront of our activities.
SUR delivers its Community Investment Plan through Employment Skills Plans and by delivering community benefit events and initiatives.
By using recommended benchmarks approved by the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) we continually strive to achieve our ambitious targets based around seven key employment and skills areas, to include: Apprenticeships; Support for Schools & Colleges; Skills Development for the Existing Workforce; and Entry into Employment. We work with our delivery partners and their supply chain to deliver these plans and create training and employment opportunities, wherever possible.
In 2017 we created 25 new apprenticeships/training positions, as well as continuing to support four previous apprenticeships. We are actively involved in the Strategic Skills and Employment Group (SSEG) and our development activity is contributing to Outcome 4 of the Council’s Wellbeing Strategy, to deliver more high-quality homes for the people of Slough.
We have been promoting skills and training by securing apprenticeships within the supply chain and through engagement with the local community. Whilst prioritising employment in the construction sector, we are also looking at creating training and local employment opportunities within our projects once they are completed. By engaging with future operators or service providers to promote training and local employment wherever possible we are also able to facilitate the provision of employment in the areas of leisure, retail and hospitality.
We are also delivering an extensive programme of initiatives, which are positively impacting on the local community. We participate in numerous local events, from careers fairs and employer insight days to work ready sessions. We also support local charities and initiatives, for example we have supported the local Salvation Army with its Christmas Appeal by collecting and arranging for the delivery of much needed supplies. We also engaged with our delivery partners and arranged for the refurbishment of their drop-in shower facilities.
SUR’s sponsorship of key events in the town includes the grand opening of The Curve, as well as our annual sponsorship of the Slough Canal Festival, which takes place in Bloom Park and proves a great event for the whole community.
SUR has positively made a difference through the range of events and initiatives that have already been delivered. We have participated in various school initiatives including supporting ‘Behind the Hard Hats’ Women in Industry STEM session, organised by Learning to Work and hosted a ‘Women into Construction’ day for 50 Slough School girls at The Curve, supported by 10 female ambassadors from our supply chain.
SUR is currently funding 10 Construction Career Information Advice and Guidance (CCIAG) days across Slough Secondary Schools. The ‘Build up your Business’ Construction Information Advice and Guidance enterprise days aim to promote professional and managerial careers in the construction industry. The activity can be delivered across a whole year group. Students work in teams of 12 through a business simulation to develop a piece of land in Slough, construct a desktop building model and start a business idea. Students work together in a different and challenging environment, to solve problems and make choices culminating in a finished project.
SUR has sponsored Wexham Secondary School to deliver a Construction BTEC Level 1 to 10 pupils on the school premises using SATRO (an educational charity and social enterprise, which works with young people) mobile classroom. The aim of the programme is to teach building trade skills. For some students this may provide a pathway to employment, for many it leads to greater self-esteem and confidence. All pupils learn skills they will find useful for the rest of their lives.
If you have a community project that you would like to be considered for support and you would like to find out more about our criteria and how to apply, please submit a request via our ‘Contact’ page and select ‘Community benefits’ from the drop down menu.
All requests for SUR support or financial assistance (from the fund) are managed through the Community Benefits Co-ordinator. These may be submitted via letter/email or through the website (as detailed above).
All requests are reviewed by the General Manager and the Community Benefits Co-ordinator in accordance with the criteria defined below and SUR’s Equal Opportunity Policy. If considered eligible, then the resource and funding commitment is investigated to define the scope and cost associated with the initiative.
Any agreement to support an initiative and allocate funding needs to meet the following criteria:
It benefits the residents of Slough
It demonstrates value for money i.e. cost per person benefit
There is no alternative source of funding or it does not form a statutory responsibility of another body
It contributes to SUR’s wider Community Investment Plan
It can demonstrate a connection to an SUR activity or project
There is sufficient team availability/support to commit time to the event (if required)
At SUR, we believe we are unique in having a dedicated Community Benefits, Skills and Training Co-ordinator. The Co-ordinator engages with the Council and third parties about planning and managing the SUR programme, organising events and initiatives and monitoring and reporting on all community activities. The Co-ordinator assists the contractors and supply chain across a host of skills and training activities from arranging work experience placements, to co-ordinating apprenticeship vacancies and careers and curriculum activities. The role encompasses a broad range of activities from participating in Careers Fairs, Employer Insight Days, School Mock Interview Days and Work Ready Sessions, to conducting Apprenticeship Searches and organising Community Events.