More than ever, organisations across the country are recognising the power of social procurement, where businesses use their buying power to generate social value above and beyond the value of the goods or services procured.
Since partnering with Sparkways in 2017, McConnell Dowell contracts have allowed us to provide over 17,000 hours of employment and training for young people facing barriers to employment. These opportunities have been incredibly varied, covering both onsite and offsite work, such as:
- Grounds maintenance, cleaning and assembly of furniture
- Site mobilisation work for key projects including the Level Crossing Removal Project as part of the Western Alliance Program
- Building possum boxes for wildlife protection along the rail corridor
But it’s not just the hours of work that are important for our young people. McConnell Dowell have, importantly, created a positive and empowering workplace, thanks largely to their shared values and supportive team, who work closely with our own.
Sparkways is unable to create these vital opportunities without the support and partnership-focused approach of committed, forward-thinking clients like McConnell Dowell. These valuable partnerships assist us in creating pathways to meaningful employment outside of TRY Work, pathways that help vulnerable young people achieve rewarding and sustainable long-term employment outcomes.