Championing apprenticeships

We are the largest apprentice trainer and employer in our sector, and recently committed to creating more than 5,000 apprenticeships over the next five years.

Carillion delivered over 1,000 NVQs and apprenticeships in 2014, with more than 87% of apprentices going on to find employment or pursue further education. These individuals have gained skills for life and work beyond their time with Carillion.

We were awarded a prestigious Business in the Community Big Tick for Inspiring Talent – at the heart of our apprenticeship programme, which trains around 2,000 students at any one time across 13 centres in the UK.

As part of our commitment to creating 5,000 apprenticeships over the next five years, we will offer apprenticeship interviews to all young people who graduate from the National Citizen Service (NCS), the voluntary programme for 16–17 year olds. We will also encourage our other apprentices to enrol on NCS first.

CEO Social Sustainability Award: Oxfordshire County Council Contract Team

Considerate construction

The 13-storey office at One St Peter’s Square in Manchester was named the best in the country by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). The team was praised for its ‘exceptional’ community involvement, including the creation of 61 apprenticeships and working with local charities to help long-term unemployed people into work.

CCS is a national initiative to improve the image of the construction industry, meeting a robust Code of Considerate Practice and initiatives that make it considerate towards neighbours, the public, employees and the environment.

This is a tremendous honour which recognises the hard work and commitment of the whole team. Considerate construction is not just a slogan but a way of operating that ensures the industry focuses on being a good neighbour and good employer. Construction sites are not simply about the building but about creating places that bring lasting benefits to the users and communities.”

John Currie, Project Director

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Internships in Qatar and Canada

Carillion Qatar understands the importance of educating young people. We have provided internships to two Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students from Qatar University, who both completed the programme.

In Canada, Shabbir Madraswala became the first ‘Hammer Head’ graduate from the Central Ontario Building Trade team to be directly employed by Carillion Construction when he joined the Union Station project. In Canada, Hammer Heads is a 12-week skills and employment-based training programme that links young disadvantaged people to apprenticeship career opportunities in the construction industry.

To go from a struggling, confused teenager, to becoming employed by a reputable contractor such as Carillion has truly been a blessing. The skills and life lessons I have learned from the Hammer Heads program will stick with me throughout my career.”

Shabbir Madraswala

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Ray Wilson, Carillion Training Services Director, was appointed to the Construction Industry Training Board in 2011. He is already chair of the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) Training Committee, a member of the UKCG Apprenticeship Group and a Commissioner on the recently formed Commission on Apprenticeships as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Ray chairs the Common Gateway group on behalf of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, which is seeking to improve recruitment into the construction sector. The group seeks to develop a ‘common gateway’ through which all interested parties can find information, jobs or work experience in construction.

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As part of Carillion’s commitment to deliver services to Oxfordshire County Council, we identified 92 roles to deliver the Universal Free School Meals programme. We appointed 52% of unemployed people into those roles, with over half of these having been long-term unemployed.

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1,000 NVQs and apprenticeships delivered by Carillion

87% of apprentices went on to find employment or pursue further education

52% of free school meals roles at Oxfordshire County Council delivered by previously unemployed people

These roles allow me to advocate vocational training and to ensure that we can balance the demands for vocational and academic training while meeting the needs of employers and those young people seeking a career in construction.”

Ray Wilson, Carillion Training Services Director

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