Council signs contract with ENGIE for a new property and facilities partnership
A new contract has been signed by Wakefield
Council which heralds the
start of one of the biggest changes to the way it delivers services.
October, a new partnership between Wakefield Council and ENGIE, a leading
energy and services company, will deliver facilities
management, building services, property and asset management, building
cleaning, school meals and buildings related architectural design and related
Dagger, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services said: “We believe this contract
will deliver benefits for staff, residents and the Council.
partnership will help secure local jobs for local people and enable staff,
customers and services to benefit from private sector expertise and investment.
“It is a
significant change in the way we work, but a change that will bring
improvement, sustainability and growth for these services as well as protecting
jobs and providing new opportunities for staff.”
staff will transfer to ENGIE under TUPE regulations. As part of the contract
ENGIE has guaranteed to invest £1.5m in staff training, create 130
apprenticeships and 500 days of work experience, as well as setting up a social
enterprise to deliver employment and training to the disabled community and
ensuring that 60% of procurement is with local SME companies.
partnership will also deliver major savings for the Council, through a more
efficient and commercial approach.
said: “The scale of the financial challenge facing this Council is huge. Over
£119m has already been cut from our budget. We need to save another £27m this
year and the Government has already said that our budget will continue to be
cut until 2020.
“It is essential that we find innovative and sustainable new ways to deliver
services in the future. This partnership will deliver significant savings over
the length of the contract, not just through efficiency but by providing high
quality services that open up opportunities for growth and investment.”
Petrie, CEO of ENGIE UK & Ireland added: “ENGIE already has 15 major
partnerships with cities and local authorities; spanning facilities management,
energy management, infrastructure services and ‘smart government’.
experience of working with these organisations, we are ideally positioned to
bring significant benefits to the people of Wakefield. We look forward to
working closely with our new partners and realising the opportunities this new relationship
preparation for the contract start date, ENGIE and Wakefield Council are
working with all the staff and customers involved in the partnership to ensure
a smooth transition.