Creating local jobs for local people and buying our goods and services from local communities is part of our positive contribution to thriving and skilled communities.
Amid tough economic conditions and ongoing skills shortages, we work hard to drive employment, training and education to build a diverse and resilient workforce. We specifically support social mobility, especially among hard-to-reach groups, and we achieved our 2014 target of at least 4% of our people engaging with schools, the unemployed and marginalised groups. Below are some of the ways in which we met this target.
Through our Ready for Work partnership with Business in the Community (BITC) we offered 118 placements and trained 25 Carillion volunteer job coaches in 2014. Ready for Work supports some of society’s most disadvantaged people to enter employment and in 2014, 82% of placements were completed while 56% of people gained work for the first time as a result of a Carillion placement or support from a Carillion job coach.
We continue to support those with unspent convictions: 44% of the total placements we offered were to people with unspent convictions, of which 80% completed their Carillion placement and 58.5% went on to gain work.
Daniel Easthope, MD of Modern Housing Solutions (Defence Business), represents Carillion on the Ready for Work national leadership team. Barry Quatermass, IMS Director (Carillion Construction), is a member of the Operations Group that reports into that leadership team, and our Chief Sustainability Officer David Picton chairs the Ready for Work London Steering Group.
We are delighted that during the year a record number of Carillion people volunteered to support Ready for Work whether as job coach, placement buddy, Ready for Work club volunteer or to support programme logistics locally.”
Debra Fearnshaw, BITC’s Head of Operations on the Work Inclusion programme
In Sheffield, the Customer Experience Centre team held an Employability Skills Day at Parkwood E-ACT Academy, for 60 Year 10/11 students. The event simulated a careers fair environment as part of a series of initiatives designed to improve students’ employability and provide local company insight.
The event demonstrated how even within a single company there are opportunities to interest people with completely different skills, talents and aspirations. Carillion staff, including two directors, were given their own stall, to discuss topics covering construction, customer service, HR and marketing, project management and project coordination.
The event saw students writing a job application from which the best candidates were selected for interview and potential work experience placements at Carillion.View all case studies
Carillion’s recruitment arm SkyBlue opened a new ‘Job Shop’ on the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (RLUH) construction project.
Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for Employment and Skills, officially launched the Job Shop in December 2014.
Construction of the new hospital will create around 750 full-time jobs during the construction period. Carillion has committed to 60% of these jobs going to local people and 15% of the workforce will come from priority council wards in the city.
The Job Shop will be operated by Carillion’s recruitment arm SkyBlue, in partnership with Liverpool in Work, and will prove an accessible ‘one-stop shop’ for both employers and those looking for employment on the project.
One of our key objectives is to maximise the employment and training opportunities for local people. We want to see jobs of all types and all levels created during the construction period, and filled as far as practicable by local people.”
David Kennedy, Carillion Project Director
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