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Opportunities for Omagh to be outlined at Lisanelly Events

Published: 2nd May 2015
Meet the Buyer Event - Woodvale Construction Stand

Woodvale Construction Company, who have been awarded the contract to build Arvalee have announced they are to host Meet the Buyer and Public Information Events on Wednesday 20th May at the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.

Local suppliers and social enterprises are invited to attend from 15:30 to 18:30 to meet and speak with the Woodvale team about the potential opportunities for their businesses.

A public session will be held from 19:00 to 21:00 where everyone in the community will have the opportunity to hear details about the Lisanelly project as a whole; progress to date, what the overarching objectives of the project are and the benefits it will bring to the communities of Omagh Town and wider district.  Representatives from the Department of Education will be in attendance to answer questions and listen to feedback.

Desmond Scott, Managing Partner of Woodvale, said:

“As a local business we were extremely proud to be awarded the contract to build the first school to be located on the Lisanelly Shared Education Campus.  As we begin to gather pace we are delighted to have the opportunity to engage with local suppliers and social enterprises to work alongside us as we deliver this unique project.

We are fully committed to the social clauses agreed in our contract and look forward to providing a range of work opportunities, open to the local community, dedicated to apprenticeships, student placements, youth unemployment and over 150 work weeks for the Long Term Unemployed.  Extending across various construction trades, these opportunities aim to assist those most in need and furthest from the employment sector.”

 Lisanelly is fully committed to ‘Buy Social’ and that means social clauses will be built into every contract awarded.

Jennifer Morgan, part of the team behind the overall project explains:

“Buy Social is about delivering real benefits to communities.  This could mean anything from work experience for young people and the long term unemployed, to helping provide skills to the most disadvantaged.  The Northern Ireland Executive is extremely passionate about delivering the maximum possible benefit from all public investment, and Buy Social can help us achieve both value for money and social benefits by including effective social clauses in the contracts we award.”

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