Buy Social is about delivering real benefits to communities

Buy Social is about delivering real benefits to communities

Buy Social is about delivering real benefits to communities

These benefits include:

  • Targeted recruitment and training for people who are long-term unemployed and leaving education
  • Opportunities for people with disability or learning difficulties
  • The provision of skills
  • Working with schools and colleges to enrich the curriculum

On 5th November 2015, the Procurement Board agreed the Strategic Review of Social Clauses and the Buy Social Construction model for implementation from April 2016.  From this date onwards, the Buy Social requirements are to be used in procurement above £2m for buildings contracts and above £4m for civil engineering contracts.

The Procurement Board discussed the Buy Social Services model at its meetings on 13 January and 24 February 2017 and, following further discussion with a number of Departments, the model is now agreed.  The model should be considered in services contracts with an anticipated value of £500,000 per annum or more.

The Buy Social model for ICT contracts is currently in development, and the Buy Social Unit have begun to pilot some wider social value initiatives, particularly in lower value ICT and Services contracts where targeted recruitment and training targets may not be suitable.

Ongoing

Over 700 people have gained training or employment through Buy Social.

The Buy Social model for ICT contracts is in development.

The Buy Social team continue to work with clients who want to include targeted opportunities for people with a disability, looked after children or people with an offending background in their Buy Social contracts.

The team have begun to pilot some wider social value initiatives, particularly in lower value ICT and
Services contracts where targeted recruitment and training targets may not be suitable.

March 2018

The GO Awards Northern Ireland takes place on 14th March in Titanic Hotel, Belfast.  The Awards recognise those individuals, teams and organisations that have gone above and beyond normal standards, to make real differences to the quality of public services in Northern Ireland.

The inaugural Go Buy Social/Sustainable Procurement Award is won by the Central Procurement Directorate-Health Projects, in conjunction with South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnerships in recognition of their extensive collaboration and innovation in their delivery of a new Acute Service Block at the Ulster Hospital.

Two further entries are highly commended:

  • The Department for Infrastructure, AECOM, Graham Farrans Joint Venture, ARUP, Roughan & O’Donovan and Linesight for their work on the A6 Dualling Scheme.
  • Farrans Construction for their delivery of the Altnagelvin North Wing Redevelopment Hospital Project

February 2018

A second edition of the Buy Social toolkit is published.

December 2017

Buy Social sponsor a Go Award, with the awards ceremony taking place on 14 March 2018 in Belfast. The Go Buy Social/Sustainable Procurement Award recognises the crucial role that public procurement plays in Northern Ireland in providing a more sustainable and equitable society.

October 2017

Central Procurement Department issue the Buy Social Model for Services to all Heads of Centres of Procurement Expertise in Northern Ireland.

September 2017

The Buy Social Strategic Plan 2017-2019 was agreed with endorsement and support from senior officials in all nine Government Departments.

March 2017

The Buy Social team continues to grow with the appointment of two new Development Officers. Work commences on a Buy Social Professional Services and IT model.

February 2017

The Procurement Board discussed the Buy Social Services Model and following further discussion with a number of Departments the model is agreed. The Buy Social Model for Services is now mandatory for all contracts above £500,000 per annum.

July 2016

The OECD report, Implementing Joined-up Governance for a Common Purpose, which is a strategic review of the Public Sector is published. The review recommends the Government:

  • Ensure ongoing, high level commitment to better integrate social objectives in the planning and commissioning phases of more procurement processes.
  • Develop and make available expertise to commissioning and procurement officials as they undertake their work.
  • Develop the necessary expertise, collect and share successful examples and best practices within Northern Ireland, and cultivate additional relationships with neighbourhood, local and regional organisations that can assist in identifying proposals for social outcomes that are truly welcomed by and beneficial to the targeted communities.

(OECD; p.46)

April 2016

Buy Social becomes mandatory in construction and civil engineering contracts. Buy Social requirements are to be used in procurement above £2m for buildings contracts and above £4m for civil engineering contracts.

Brokerage website goes live which has been created to help contractors who win public work find employability brokers who will help them deliver their Buy Social Clause obligations, for more information visit www.buysocialnibrokerage.org.

 

 

There are currently 90 live Buy Social contracts across the construction, services and ICT industries in Northern Ireland. A list of Buy Social contracts with current New Entrant Trainee employment opportunities available, including relevant contractor contact information, can be downloaded below.

We provide this information for Buy Social Brokerage organisations, who can use the information to contact contractors about job opportunities relevant to the people they work with. To register as a Buy Social Brokerage organisation, visit www.buysocialnibrokerage.org.


Download list of Buy Social contracts

 

A broker refers to a training/employability organisation/education establishment who may be willing to work with a contractor to help them meet their Buy Social requirements by connecting the contractor with New Entrant Trainees. The Buy Social Brokerage website has been created to help contractors who win public work find employability brokers who will assist them in delivering their Buy Social clause obligations.

A Guide for Contractors, which provides more information on Brokerage, is available to download from the resources section of this website. For more information please visit www.buysocialnibrokerage.org or alternatively email: info@buysocialni.org