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Preston Western Distributor Road Project Case Study

Who Did We Work With?

In October 2019, we began working with our client Costain on the Preston Western Distributor Road Project.

The Project

The Preston Western Distributor Road Project is a major project that will link Preston and Southern Fylde to the M55 Motorway. This will also link the A583 to the M55 motorway. The project will undertake creating a new motorway junction, four new bridges, and three underpasses.

What We Did

Since the start of the project, PSI Global has supplied a total of 94 candidates on-site, working a combined total of 1,186 weeks. Many of these have been on site for over six months, with three recently surpassing a full 12 months on-site and several others looking to follow suit throughout the projected duration of the project. Our workers have achieved 649 weeks (and counting) with no incidents on site.

Our aim has been to focus our efforts on recruiting local workers and upskilling dedicated workers. To date, we have managed to achieve 40% of workers on-site living in Lancashire and a further 30% within 30km. Currently, 25% of our on-site labour come from various ethnic minority backgrounds.

We have engaged with services such as schools, job centres and prisons in the area to try and engage local people. We’ve also worked to gain interest from those who may not have otherwise considered or had the opportunity to get into construction. In December 2020, we joined forces with Costain to collect gifts for underprivileged children for Christmas.

To support our clients changing requirements on-site and provide new opportunities to our workers, we have provided additional training which to date has included Traffic Marshall (NPORS), First Aid, NVQ L54 Construction Site Supervisor, SMSTS, and Cat & Genny courses. A total of 36% of our current on-site labour force have received further training provided by PSI Global.

The Results

The project is still ongoing and has a current date of completion set as early 2023. We have seen many positives come from this project already though. In addition to the above accomplishments, we’ve seen two workers, who we recruited in the first half of 2020 as Groundworkers, become invaluable members of the team, being heavily relied on by foreman and supervisors as trusted workers. The two have subsequently received SMSTS training and the support of the site management teams in developing their roles to become supervisors themselves in the future.

Our account manager for the project, Leanne Doyle, has been based on-site two days per week since the project began. Leanne regularly meets with all our new starters, helping them complete their paperwork and starter forms, organise their timesheets, and ensure hours are correct before payroll is processed to avoid any pay-related issues on site. She has also arranged additional training for our workforce.

We’re also continuing to complete aftercare throughout the week. Being on-site, we are aware of any incidents that may create reliability issues and can therefore maintain programme confidence. This includes work-related stress, planned holidays, emergencies, ill health, or various medical reasons. Leanne is one of several PSI Global employees who completed the “iAct for Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing” training and is now an accredited iAct Manager. This has enabled her on several occasions to go beyond the call of duty and provide support to our on-site workers who have experienced various personal difficulties during their time on site.

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