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THE Vale of Glamorgan Council’s 21st Century Schools Team has triumphed in the Best Procurement Delivery category at this year’s Go Awards Wales.

Open to public, private, and third sector organisations, the awards aim to recognise excellence in public procurement.

There was stiff competition in the Best Procurement Delivery section, with the Vale Council seeing off challenges from Caerphilly County Borough Council; Transport for Wales, Rype Office & Merthyr Institute for the Blind; Centerprise International with contributing organisations: Caerphilly County Borough Council, HPE & Aruba; and Carmarthenshire County Council.

They clinched the prize for the collaborative way in which community benefits have been delivered as part of the 21st Century Schools programme.

That programme involves the comprehensive upgrading of educational infrastructure across the County delivered in partnership with the Welsh Government.

School buildings have been constructed to provide wider social, economic, and environmental benefits across the County.

Cllr Lis Burnett, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said:

“This is a richly deserved award for a team that has gone far above and beyond in delivering our 21st Century Schools programme, often trebling even their own ambitious targets.

“Not only are children across the Vale enjoying modern, first-class educational provision, but the innovative way in which these facilities have been delivered means surrounding communities have also benefited. This has come through employment opportunities, community and environmental activities and contracts for local businesses.”

The 21st Century Schools team have now been shortlisted for the UK National Go Awards, which will be announced at a ceremony in Birmingham in September.”

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