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Gloucestershire company launches skills portal for HS2

A Cirencester-based company has launched a skills portal for the HS2 rail project.

Hercules Site Services plc, a leading technology enabled labour supply company for the UK infrastructure sector, launched the portal, the Skills, Employment and Education (SEE) Everything Portal, in conjunction with the Balfour Beatty Vinci Systra (BBVS) joint venture on the HS2 rail project.

The launch follows the completion of successful trials.

The SEE Everything Portal aims to reduce the time and resource spent coordinating, tracking, monitoring and validating data on equality, diversity, inclusion, skills, employment and education outputs on infrastructure and construction projects.

The portal can be easily accessed and used across all devices and uses a user-friendly web-based interface that delivers seamless stakeholder coordination. The standardised collection of live data enables contractors and sub-contractors to become more embedded in the local community and achieve more project SEE targets, generating additional benefits for local people.

Contractors are increasingly required to demonstrate the SEE impact of a project when entering into a tendering process, following the implementation of the Social Value Act (2012). This has meant that social value has become a growing metric required across all sectors, especially for public spending.

Brusk Korkmaz, Hercules' CEO, said: "Our SEE Everything Portal will make it easier for contractors and sub-contractors of all shapes and sizes across the private and public sectors to meet their skills, employment and social value commitments.

"Beyond providing another example of how we embrace digital innovation in the infrastructure sector, the SEE Everything Portal chimes with our core values of being committed to improving the lives of our workforce and positively disrupting the construction industry.

"We will continue to work together with our clients to create lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships that are driving change in our industry and delivering ever higher standards for our workforce, our partners and the local communities that we work in. In doing so, we are delivering new revenue streams with high growth potential for our stakeholders."

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