M-SParc in hte community

M-SParc in the Community

M-SParc is part of the community. M-SParc is a community! This doesn’t just include the researchers and companies located at M-SParc, but the residents who live in the area M-SParc is based in, including Gaerwen, and further afield to the whole of Anglesey, Gwynedd, and Conwy. Working with the local community is important to us, and we want to keep you updated on the work we’ve been doing:

Public consultations
Since 2014 we have held public consultation at each stage of the project, from pre-development, through to planning, and even the arts strategy for the building. We attended Community Council meetings, met individuals from the area who had specific concerns, and have amended the whole site masterplan to accommodate concerns. We believe this is important, and would like to thank the community for working with us.
Community engagement

Community newsletters, both electronic and posted to Gaerwen residents
Following the consultations, we have tried to keep the immediate community informed by delivering newsletters prior to key dates. These letters contain our contact information and we have been happy to receive phone calls about concerns, so that we could work with residents to mitigate these. Houses directly next to the site were also given additional information on any infrastructure works.

Open days
Before works began on site which meant it may be more dangerous for members of the public to be there, open days were held for the community to come and see the building. A community opening event is planned for 2018, so that you can see what we've been building. This will be widely advertised nearer the time, and the whole community will be welcome to attend the family-friendly event.

Encouraging use of Welsh
The M-SParc team, which consists of 5 members of staff, are all Welsh speakers. The construction manager for Willmott Dixon Construction, as well as several members of his team, are local. This has helped ensure signs around the site are translated into Welsh and the use of Welsh day to day on site is encouraged. Once the build opens, bilingual signs and staff will of course be present throughout. This is important to us, as we're Wales' first dedicated Science Park. Being Welsh is part of M-SParc's identity.

The project has so far provided internships for 7 students from Bangor University, from Media to Archaeology students, several of whom have gone on to gain work directly related to their internships.

Local contractors wherever possible
Our main contractors will sub-contract different aspects of the build. Wherever possible, local subcontractors will be used. We have held ‘Meet the Buyer’ events for local suppliers to assist them in bid making skills and to let them know what works we will be offering. 100 companies attended the event last year. We also continue to hold Supplier Development events and professional training for Bangor University staff, so that local suppliers are prepared when an opportunity to tender for works.

We have offered several apprenticeships to people from the local area, and many have been given opportunities to work on site. We have also been constructive in providing work opportunities for those who have been long-term unemployed, or are ‘NEET’ (Not in employment, education or training).

women in science
Targeting more women into construction and science
Construction and science are typically male-dominated work places, but the wages are good and there are many opportunities for those working in these sectors. Therefore we want to make them accessible to all, and have worked to encourage more women and girls into science and construction by attending career days and events, and providing support to the women working on our project.

1000 training weeks
M-SParc and Willmott Dixon Construction have committed to offering 1000 training weeks during the construction period.

The M-SParc building
Once we’re open, we’re open to the public too! The Tanio space, which is the white clad portion of the building, is open to the public. There will be a cafe, and space for people to work with their laptops. The grounds themselves are also open. Understandably, the offices and laboratories are accessible only to their staff as work may be of a confidential nature. M-SParc is for everyone, and we hope that seeing the opportunities to work in the Science Sector on Anglesey, and the promotion of an entrepreneurial attitude within the building, will encourage young people in the region and provide opportunities which may not have been available before.

school outreach

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Maths (STEAM)

Being one of the first Science Parks to make STEAM outreach part of what we do
Science Parks generally have a focus on the companies that are housed there, with an aim to help them grow and develop. However, M-SParc wants to develop opportunities for young people too, and are focusing on encouraging more children to get involved in science. We’ve been doing this through:

STEAM section of website
We have a section of our website dedicated to children and young people, and will be uploading resources, games, and information for them.

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Careers days
We have attended career days, and will continue to do so once we’re operational, in order to encourage children to think about careers in construction and science.

Tanio in schools
We worked with 6 artists to create a variety of different project. These can be found here on our website - click the Tanio arts project link in the side bar. Each artists visited several schools and colleges in the region to work with children on coding, recycling, developing designs, and other science related activities. Much of the work created will be on show in the M-SParc building. Tanio will continue this year, with a project planned with Coleg Menai to look at renewable technology.

community engagement sioe
Events such as Sioe Mon and the Eisteddfod
We have had stalls at the Eisteddfod and Sioe Mon, working with Think Learn Challenge to provide science games, Technocamps for 3D printing and modelling, and Bangor University Chemistry for slime making.

Sponsoring events
We have sponsored schools for the F24 project at Trac Môn, and the North Wales Young Business Awards.

community racing
When we open
We will continue to facilitate STEM events when we open, are also working to train some of the companies who will be on site to become STEM ambassadors.

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