Part­ner­ship cuts it for six years

The Oban Times - - District -

A PART­NER­SHIP which helps keep Lochaber tidy and pro­vides jobs is cel­e­brat­ing six years of op­er­a­tion.

ISS Land­scap­ing, The High­land Coun­cil and so­cial en­ter­prise Wise Group have been work­ing to­gether to cut grass in a con­tract which cov­ers more than 6.5 mil­lion square me­tres and in­cludes ceme­ter­ies, pitches, bowl­ing greens and open spa­ces in mid and west Ross, Lochaber, Bade­noch and Strath­spey and In­ver­ness and Nairn. One of the key ac­com­plish­ments of the part­ner­ship has been the re­cruit­ment of staff, many sec­ond and third gen­er­a­tion un­em­ployed. Tom Wood, head of Skills and Em­ploy­a­bil­ity, The Wise Group, said: ‘The part­ner­ship be­tween ISS and the Wise Group is a great ex­am­ple of a third sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing with a large pri­vate sec­tor em­ployer to sup­port lo­cal peo­ple into sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment. It pro­vides real ben­e­fits and long-term im­prove­ments to High­land com­mu­ni­ties, cre­at­ing jobs and help­ing peo­ple re­alise their po­ten­tial.’

The grass- cut­ting part­ner­ship is cel­e­brat­ing six years of ser­vice.

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