RAW Workshop: the inspirational social business story working with Oxford North
Oxford North is proud to work with the inspirational social business RAW Workshop team to produce our bespoke table, shelves, workbenches and planters in our new on-site marketing suite. We have also purchased from RAW some reclaimed chairs and lockers.
As a result, Oxford North has logged:
James Wingfield, Woodworker and Machinist, RAW Workshop said: “I believe RAW has given me a chance to create and broaden my horizon on how things can be made. RAW is a family in itself really – we all get on. The family outside RAW are happy with what we do and what it stands for.”
Cameron Clarkson, Workshop Manager, RAW Workshop added: “RAW is dedicated to providing employment without the barriers. It doesn’t matter about people’s backgrounds. We look at people for who they are and where they want to be. This is how we should do business: social, local and with people in mind.”
Hazel Osborn, Head of Operations, RAW Workshop explained: “Every penny of profit that we generate goes into training adults and young people, so it supports the service that we do.
“We were approached by Oxford North who wanted to focus on the reclaim side and the sustainability side. So they worked with us to develop some products as well as purchasing some reclaimed chairs and locker type items. We have logged 35 social impact hours and we expect that to double by the time we deliver.”
Hot on the heels of publishing Oxford North’s Phase 1a Community Employment Plan, Tom Storey, Oxford North’s Social Value Consultant added: “Not only are they producing furniture but also have a massive social impact in the people they support. They are producing things that consumers want to buy. What RAW is manufacturing is not only a product but it’s a perspective, an ideal, that we can all aspire to.”
Big thank you to the RAW Workshop team for helping to make this film.
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Oxford North’s plan to help more local people into construction jobs
An ambitious new Community Employment Plan has been published to set out how Oxford North will maximise the opportunities created for local people and businesses during the next 18 months of construction which includes a target to create more than 50 new apprenticeships.
Oxford North creates 448 new construction jobs and eight apprenticeships
Since building works started in August 2021, Oxford North, the new innovation district in Oxford, has created 448 new construction jobs of which 22% were filled by people based in Oxfordshire and eight new apprentices have been employed through the project’s construction partners.