Schools plan to create new jobs

An artist's impression of the rebuilt Highfield School

An artist's impression of the rebuilt Highfield School

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A HUGE networking event has taken place to make sure Blackpool gets as much business as possible out of the £50m Building Schools for the Future programme.

The joint venture between Blackpool Council, the Eric Wright Group and Northgate Managed Services, to build a new campus at St Mary’s and a complete rebuild of Highfield Humanities College, has boosted the local economy.

More than 70 companies including local businesses, painters, decorators, plasters, engineers, joiners, roofers, landscapers and Blackpool Build Up attended an event to find out what is being done and how they can play a part in building a better Blackpool for the future of the town.

Some serious networking took place to assist smaller businesses, encouraging them to liaise with the sub-contractors.

The audience listened to a presentation by Eric Wright Group (EWG) who won the contract to head up this iconic project.

With a promise of investing a minimum of £6.3 and £8.4m back in to the local community by selecting 15 to 20 per cent of its workforce from the town, it will create jobs for people from Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Carl Baker, assistant director, transformation, school organisation and client function said: “This ground-breaking project has united the whole community – working together for the future prosperity of Blackpool.

“It’s a first class example of public-private sector partnership working together to build a better Blackpool for future generations to come.”