At Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV) we are drawing upon the region’s diverse communities and talent pools to recruit, develop, upskill and retain the vast numbers of people we need to deliver HS2. We are achieving this by:
Igniting our workforce diversity started in 2019 with our bi-annual Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Survey which confirmed that our workforce comprised 19 nationalities, a 21% female workforce, with 10% coming from BAME backgrounds with 7% declaring they have a disability. At the close of 2021 the project increased its diversity credentials with 52 nationalities represented in our workforce 21% female, 20% BAME and 9% with a disability.
Accelerating and taking measures to improve the diversity of our workforce. Part of our shared commitment with HS2 is to transform the traditional image of construction being a male-dominated sector characterised by a lack of diversity and opportunity for new entrants. We have 48 ED&I champions embedding our ED&I actions across our project, guided by the Clear Company framework for external verification and accreditation and achieving bronze and progress to silver standard within 1 year.
Embracing people across our local communities has seen us providing pre-employment training, work experience and placement opportunities. For the Summer of 2022 we have already received 80 applications from across the West Midlands region where we intend to place 30 people into paid (local living wage) placement positions.
Three Winning Facts:
- BBV are creating social mobility through creating 12,000 local job opportunities through our supply chain and cre-ating social value in the West Midlands.
- We have global diversity representation through 52 nationalities working on our project that are supported and engaged with as part of our ‘Inclusive by design’ approach.
- We are investing into the West Midlands region through our training academies to serve in training, upskilling and developing local people and local businesses.