Lovell and West Lothian Council deliver community benefits

Housing provider Lovell boosts jobs in West Lothian as it delivers more than 735 local authority houses for social rent

Communities across West Lothian are reaping the benefits of a local housebuilding programme led by housing provider Lovell, in partnership with West Lothian Council.
More than 735 homes for social rent are expected to be delivered via 15 individual projects across eight different site locations. Meanwhile, the programme has already delivered 26 new apprenticeships – sponsored by Lovell’s subcontractor partners – and provided training for 30 existing apprentices. It has also supported 33 site jobs, eight graduate jobs and 35 work experience placements.
An estimated 80% of subcontractors working on the programme are based within 40km of the project area.
Ten first-year apprentice joiners from West Lothian College recently visited Lovell’s Kirkhill site where they were given a tour, an on-site induction and a run-through of the different stages of the build process.
Lovell’s activities in West Lothian have been bolstered by the recruitment of a new, dedicated team comprising Training Adviser Kelly Harkness and Community Engagement Manager Ness Stewart.
Harkness has recently joined Lovell from Competence Matters where she was responsible for identifying, planning and co-ordinating the training needs of a variety of construction sector clients, including Laing O’Rourke, Careys plc, Morgan Sindall and Morrison Construction. As a result, she has established links with local training providers including the CITB and Skills Development Scotland.
Stewart has been with Lovell for 10 years and worked previously as Resident Liaison Manager, managing communication between Lovell and local residents during the refurbishment of their homes.
West Lothian Council’s Executive Councillor for Services for the Community, George Paul, said: “Our new build programme is not only delivering much needed affordable housing but also delivering a number of community benefits for local businesses and local people.
“Providing community benefits is a key aim of our new build project. We are delighted that so many young people are being able to work on the programme, gaining fantastic life and work experience that will enhance their careers.”
Stephen Profili, Regional Managing Director for Lovell in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to be working with West Lothian Council to deliver such an extensive programme of new build social housing right across West Lothian.
“This programme will make a crucial contribution towards meeting strong local demand for new homes for social rent. An important element of our work that we are particularly proud of is the wider benefits we are able to bring to the communities where we work.
“In West Lothian, this has included providing a range of work for local suppliers, supporting local employment and apprenticeship opportunities as well as offering training and development for local construction students.
“By delivering these important community benefits alongside a range of new homes for social rent, our aim is to achieve sustainable communities for the long-term benefit of West Lothian.”
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