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Local jobs promise at £270 million schools scheme

Local workers, suppliers and sub contractors must be used by a consortium which has just won a major £270 million Building Schools for the Future partnership deal in Luton.

QED Wates which includes Wates Construction, government services group VT Group, ICT consultancy Civica, Borras Construction and facilities management specialist Operon has promised to source local staff and resources as part of its agreement with Luton Borough Council.

A council spokesman said: “As part of securing the contract QED Wates  have committed to using a substantial proportion of local labour, suppliers and Sub Contractors and to delivering over 138 Apprenticeships over the next four years.”

The consortium will now work in partnership with the council to refurbish or rebuild Luton’s 13 secondary schools as part of a programme worth more than £270 million.

The scheme also includes a 25 year facilities management contract and a 10 year Information Communication Technology contract across the whole of Luton’s secondary school estate.

Work will start on site in June 2009 and the council says QED Wates could also become involved in delivering Social Housing, other community facilities and the Luton Aquatic Centre.

Kevin Crompton, council chief executive, said “We are delighted to have on board QED Wates as our preferred partner, and look forward to developing a strong working partnership that will transform education for young people and provide exciting facilities for communities. This is more than a partnership about schools: this is a partnership focused on improving the quality of life for Luton residents”

The council said QED Wates had narrowly beaten Bouygues Partnership for Education and the Community (BPEC) to the contract.