Maximising the economic and employment benefits of Banks Renewables developments to the local area

Connect2Renewables is an initiative between the local communities, Banks Renewables and the local council which seeks to maximise the benefits of our renewable energy developments for local people and the local economy.

This will be achieved by:

  • Committing to deliver as high as percentage as possible of the contracted construction value to companies local to our site
  • Working in partnership with the local authority to provide a jobs and training scheme to help local people back into employment by helping them to gain apprenticeships and workplace learning placements
  • To establish a local Community Advisory Panel for each of our projects whose role will be to identify and advise on local good causes and charities for grant making purposes for the developments community fund

Our Strategies

We shall deliver on these commitments by:

  • Working with local authorities and the local Chambers of Commerce to¬†identify local businesses capable of undertaking work on our wind farm construction projects
  • Ensuring that tender lists for main and sub contracts include local firms identified through this process
  • Requiring that tenders for work must include statement of local economic benefits which will be a material consideration in the awarding of contracts
  • For the first five years of operation of any wind farm we develop¬†to seek to provide funding for and deliver in partnership with the local council a scheme to enable local unemployed people (without age restriction) to reduce the financial barriers that they are experiencing by giving them the opportunity to access grant funding to support them with an apprenticeship, work-based learning programme, or further education to improve their prospects of employment
  • During the development, construction and restoration of our wind farms to maximise the number of direct employment and / or training opportunities for local people
  • Obligating companies in our local supply chain to commit to delivering direct employment and / or training for local people
  • Considering the scope for a local consortium of firms to deliver major contract

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