Investment into the community and providing community initiatives are crucial factors in the development and prosperity of business. Our long standing record of supporting our surrounding communities has grown from strength to strength; most recently through our membership and collaborative working with Business in the Community. The charity aims to shape a new contract between business and society and we are fully committed to supporting this campaign to ensure that our impact on society is maximised.
Our commitment to providing work experience placements has seen recognition through an ‘Outstanding Employer Contribution’ award from the Education Business Partnership. We have provided a number of apprenticeships, aimed at providing young people with a chance to develop their skills for a potential career within the industry. We have had prominent involvement with the Prince’s Trust Foundation and various campaigns with Local Authorities, working closely with schools to provide information and prosperous opportunities within the company.
We were the first employer to pledge 10 apprenticeships as part of Milestone Foundation’s Apprenticeship 500 Club.
The Alliance was formed by the Foundation to provide sustainable apprenticeship opportunities, with an appropriate wage to 500 young people through its partner network. The Alliance intends to maximise employer engagement in the delivery of the apprenticeship framework to help drive improvements in success rates, sustainable employment and increased industry activity and acceptance
Stuart Accleton, Operations Director, commented:
We are pleased to announce our pledge to the 500 ‘Alliance to aspire young individuals within the construction industry “
Teaming up with other local businesses and organisations such as the CITB, Thames Water and Laing O’Rourke, we regularly attend Apprenticeship Careers Events, hosted by The London Borough of Bexley at the Civic Offices.
Careers fairs are aimed at young residents and their parents or carers in an attempt to promote apprenticeships at all levels, from trainee to higher apprenticeships. It is important that the local young community achieves its full potential, and events such as these provide them with an enabling platform.
Erith Training Services attends the events to provide curriculum advice and raise awareness of the construction industry whilst offering support to this who may be unsure about their options. Apprenticeship programmes, work placements, training and further education are always topics of discussion.
James Gostling, Training Manager comments:
The future of the construction industry depends on young people. It is imperative that we play our part in guiding the local, younger community and unlock their potential”