During a visit to the site of the new Abercynon Primary School which has received £8m from the Welsh Government the Minister saw how Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Willmott Dixon, the contractor working on the project, have worked together to develop a Community Benefits Strategy for the local area.
Jane Hutt said:
"Millions of pounds of public money is spent on construction projects such as new schools, hospital upgrades and transport projects across Wales every year. It is vital that when this money is spent, we do everything to maximise the benefits for our local communities.
"By including community benefits in the procurement process public bodies can help to create new job opportunities and apprenticeships for local people as well as providing supply chain opportunities for local businesses.
"By applying the community benefits approach to the Abercynon Infants School project, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Willmott Dixon plan to create job and apprentice opportunities for local people, as well as ensuring that 75% of all subcontracts will be awarded to local suppliers."
The Minister added:
"The community benefits approach has now been used on over £3bn worth of projects across Wales. This has helped to sustain and create hundreds of local job opportunities and other community schemes.
"I hope that all public bodies will see the opportunities the community benefits approach has brought to Abercynon and will apply it more widely through their own procurement procedures."