A public sector partnership has arranged for the donation of thousands of pounds of computer equipment for schools in Sunderland.
NEPO and Sunderland City Council have worked with their business travel supplier, Click Travel, to provide laptops, desktop computers and monitors for use by local schools.
In addition to the equipment donation, Click Travel will also be supporting Sunderland Software City in delivering training to the local community, focussed on employability skills.
The initiative is part of North East local authorities’ commitment to delivering social value within public sector contracts, whereby contracted suppliers commit to additional activity that will benefit the local economy, environment and communities.
Liz St Louis, director of smart cities at Sunderland City Council, explains further:
“We are incredibly grateful to Click Travel for their generous donation. The Council has worked with Sunderland Software City to identify 3 schools that will benefit from the new equipment including Southmoor Academy, The Link School and Venerable Bede. The staff and students are delighted to have been presented with the new tech, which will help them in their learning and development.
“Access to technology and knowledge of how to use it are critical in today’s digital world. By enabling young people to utilise this new equipment, we are opening up a world of opportunities for them to gain new skills and digital confidence.
“We are committed to leaving no one and nowhere behind as we leverage the power of technology across our smart city – initiatives like this are incredibly valuable for our communities and we are very proud to be part of its delivery.”
Nicola Shelley, managing director at NEPO, added:
“NEPO and the North East local authorities want to ensure that every pound spent by the public sector, delivers extra value for the communities we serve. When NEPO appointed Click Travel as supplier to its travel services framework agreement, we also secured a commitment for social value delivery. It is fantastic to see this translated into real-life action that will help hundreds of children and young people.”
Mark Oldfield, framework manager at Click Travel, said:
“Click Travel has been working closely with NEPO for a number of years now and social value has formed a key part of our partnership. We are delighted to be able to support the public sector in this way and it is fantastic to see the benefits that this will bring to schools and students in the North East.”
Established in 1976 in collaboration with North East local authorities, NEPO works with UK public sector partners to deliver a programme of strategic procurement and related initiatives, that promote positive outcomes for a diverse range of stakeholders.
NEPO also works closely with public sector suppliers to boost competitive skills, signpost tendering opportunities, embed social value and improve procurement processes.
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