We are aware the industry needs at least 250,000 more construction workers by 2026 to meet demand and address the current skills shortage. We are fully committed to recruiting the future workforce and have invested over £2.0m in resources, technology and an expanded our HR and Training team, led by Head of HR Sarah Mccallion to address these issues and implement our overarching People Planet Performance strategy.
➔This includes annual early careers recruitment campaigns including apprentices, graduates, year out students and summer placements, also supporting T-Level and work experience placements.
➔New employees, existing employees and key supply chain partners are required to undertake a range of mandatory training, including EDI training and Unconscious Bias. We delivered over 4,000 training courses in 2022.
➔Our apprenticeships and graduates programmes help us to attract new entrants and talent and contributes 15% of our workforce ranging from level 2 up to 6/7 degree (Gold Standard). We also have over 20 partnerships to attract entrants from a diverse background and minority groups including, ex-offenders, military, and NEETS, we have partnerships with local colleges to deliver T-Levels.
Three Winning Facts:
- Oure People Planet Performance strategy provides a clear roadmap and vision to develop our people and has delivered significant improvements within our business. Our investment in people, technology and partnerships has supported a reduced attrition rate and provided the opportunity to nurture talent and develop our existing teams.
- Our game changing ‘Better Together’ strategy, supports a fully inclusive workplace, using best practice from the National Centre for Diversity, this has supported a significant impact beyond our business, including our supply chain and clients. With stretch KPIs to become positioned in the top 100 within the UK. This is highlighted through our Women’s Network, Pride Group (LGBTQ+), MuliculTureD and Disability Network Groups. We have also engaged with the National Centre of Diversity and have incorporated their ‘FREDIE’ values to help embed change within our business.
- All our projects have a bespoke community investment plan and we are fully committed to encouraging our teams and suppliers to deliver sustainable community benefits and support our clients to meet their PPN 06/21 requirements. We continue to deliver high impact local community benefits and promote a positive industry image, to make construction an aspirational career choice. Our ‘Give-A-Day-Of-Your-Time’ scheme has been successfully running for15 years and as well as supporting local charities and community groups it provides significant health and wellbeing benefits. We have also developed a national and first construction partnership with CRADLE, a charity supporting patients and families when a baby sadly dies during pregnancy or following a termination of pregnancy, in 2022 we supported 3,000 patients.