18th September 2022

Bringing social value into focus for the TBY2 Studios project

ISG’s project and social value teams have been hard at work over the past few months, giving back to the local communities that surround the TBY2 Studios  site at Hawkfield Business Park in Bristol, UK.

The TBY2 project, procured through the Southern Construction Framework, sees the expansion of Bristol film and TV production facility, The Bottle Yard Studios, into the neighbouring South Bristol industrial site, which is undergoing a £12m redevelopment that will add three new stages to the studios’ portfolio.

A career in construction

ISG’s social value team has been extremely busy in the local community discussing potential career paths with soon-to-be school leavers and promoting early careers opportunities.

Working alongside South Bristol Youth and HWCP, ISG Social Value Advisor, Georgia Ward and Apprentice Construction Manager, Jamie Davis have led CV workshops and career chats for those looking to construction as a career – while the TBY2 Studios project team have welcomed students to site for tours and presentations. One of the schools that came to site saw Year 9 students from Oasis Academy Brislington joining project manager Anthony Whitehead Apprentice Construction Manager Toby Tisshaw and Jamie, as they led students and staff on a tour of the site, presentations, and team-building challenges, followed by a talk from The Bottle Yard Studios team about the opportunities within the TV and film industry.

“ISG organised and delivered an excellent student experience day at The Bottle Yard Studios extension site, improving student knowledge on apprenticeships and valued employability skills.”  Mark Nixon, South Bristol Youth

A marketing approach

Marketing and communications manager, Dominic Hanley, was recently asked if he could provide marketing advice and training to a number of charities and organisations from Bristol and Wales.

The event saw Dominic answer key questions around website optimisation and how to increase performance and engagement, how to better engage audiences to create conversions by using stories, and also some key tips on developing a framework for a successful communications strategy.

Dominic said: “It was great to be able to pass on my experience, and to help a number of local businesses to look at ways they can increase their engagement and conversations.”

Inspiring the next generation

ISG’s social value team continues to work closely with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to offer those out of work or changing industries an opportunity in construction – and this was the case for Hollie Wilks.

Hired through the DWP programme, Hollie joined the Hawkfield studios site as a labourer and quicky showed a real interest and passion for bricklaying. She made the project team aware that she had recently completed a bricklaying course, so the team spoke to the site’s bricklaying subcontractor about an opportunity for further work experience.

The team then assisted Holly in completing an application for a 30-month trade apprenticeship starting in September, including preparation for her assessment and subsequent interview. Hollie started an apprenticeship in September and is now working with Taylor Whimpey. The team wishes her the best of luck.

The TBY2 Studios project completed in September and, thanks to the efforts of the team, ISG’s legacy will live long in Bristol.

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