The winners of the Construction Investing in Talent Awards 2017 have been revealed during a glittering ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
CITA 2017 Apprentice TrAC
Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year
TrAC takes on an average of 60 apprentices each year and enables them to work with different contractors during their training, with candidates carefully tracked and monitored.
The judges were impressed by TrAC’s strong focus on the outcomes for its apprentices, and the commitment to providing ongoing support in whatever areas they may need, whether practical or financial. Its approach has delivered significant improvements both in the time to recruit and the quality and completion rate of its apprenticeships, which are well above the industry average.
CITA 2017 Best Place to Work Consultant Troup Bywaters and Anders
Best Place to Work (Consultant)
Winner: Troup Bywaters + Anders
Implementing a new business strategy, Troup Bywaters + Anders set about creating positive relationships between staff while investing in young people – a strategy that has paid off.
The company won the judging panel over by demonstrating that people are at the heart of its business objectives. A total of 44 apprentices within a business of 200 people shows real commitment and proves that its aims are more than just words. TBA’s eco-committee initiative also illustrates an inclusive approach to sustainability.
CITA 2017 Best Place to Work Contractor GKR Scaffolding
Best Place to Work (Contractor)
Winner: GKR Scaffolding
The judges were inspired by the investment in GKR Scaffolding’s BetterFuture initiative, a commitment to continuous improvement that has resulted in a highly engaged, motivated and skilled workforce. GKR demonstrated inclusivity, innovation and commitment – especially around health and wellbeing.
The judges were also struck by the success of the GKR Academy, providing strong leadership training for scaffolders, as well as senior management’s willingness to listen to feedback from staff through its employee advisory board. Testimonials and absence performance proved that the company’s efforts are making a real difference.
CITA 2017 Best Project to Work on Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture
Best Project to Work On
Winner: Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture – A1 Leeming to Barton Improvements
In a hotly contested category with a number of excellent projects, the judges were bowled over by Carillion / Morgan Sindall’s comprehensive approach to delivering a diverse and inclusive culture on the A1 Leeming to Barton.
The team worked closely with organisations that support employment opportunities for people of all backgrounds, fostering an impressive workplace culture. The project put people at all levels at the centre of its approach, focusing on their wellbeing and behaviours to deliver an outcome of which everybody involved should be extremely proud.
Highly Commended: Carillion Kier Joint Venture
The judges said: “This project demonstrated a strong culture that focused on the impacts of the project, and the environment and the communities affected by it.”
Best Use of Technology
Winner: Peter Brett Associates
With offices throughout the UK, including a number outside major cities, geographical factors often presented significant barriers to recruitment for Peter Brett Associates.
The judging panel praised the company’s novel use of technology to target potential candidates based on not just who they were, but where they were, with targeted geo-activated Facebook ads deployed in the Northampton area. This creative approach resulted in a sixfold increase in applications and reached more than 24,000 people.
CITA 2017 Corporate Responsibility Scheme Arcadis UK
Corporate Responsibility Scheme of the Year
Winner: Arcadis UK
Arcadis developed and now manages the Professional Construction Apprenticeship Academy in Wales, which began in partnership with the Welsh Government in March 2012.
The PCAA is clearly delivering results which have a positive impact not just on Arcadis but on the local community, too. The consultant clearly sees inclusion as an important driver of corporate responsibility, with the academy identifying talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in south Wales and giving them an opportunity to fulfil their potential in construction.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Mott MacDonald
Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
Winner: Mott MacDonald
The judging panel unanimously agreed that Mott MacDonald takes an impressive approach to diversity and inclusion that benefits from a clear strategy and strong leadership.
In May this year, the company launched its equality, diversity and inclusion goals, supported by tangible actions to ensure commitments are met – and the panel was so impressed that it felt the consultant’s annual report on diversity should be taken as an example for others to adopt. The message has been adopted widely across the organisation, with a realisation that a majority of employees need to be engaged in order to create an inclusive environment.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Learning and Development Mace
Excellence in Learning and Development
Mace developed its Manager Development Programme to increase the capability of its line managers, aiming to boost staff retention and lower costs in the process. The judges described this programme as “highly impressive”, with data showing a range of positive outputs alongside a significant return on investment on the cost of the programme.
Mace launched its approach in July 2016, with a mandatory module delivered by the firm’s group board members to all directors and operations directors across the world. The programme is “well structured and clear to follow”, the judges added.
CITA 2017 Graduate Scheme Skanska UK
Graduate Scheme of the Year
Winner: Skanska UK
In the war for talent, the younger generation cares about more than just their salary and where they will work; they increasingly want to know what difference they will make to the wider world and how their employer can help them achieve that.
Skanska has recognised this, impressing the judges with its approach to targeting graduates by focusing not just on the projects they would be working on, but also how the outcomes of those would help to improve society. This enabled Skanska to inspire graduates to embrace the values and culture of the organisation and become more committed to a long-term career.
Highly Commended: Mace
The judges said: “This organisation delivers above-average levels of gender diversity in its graduate scheme and a strong retention rate, demonstrating the success of its approach. A role model for other organisations.”
CITA 2017 HR Star Claire Oliver
HR Star of the Year
Winner: Claire Oliver, Troup Bywaters + Anders
Claire was the “stand-out stellar candidate”, the judges said.
Drawing particular praise was her work with apprentices, 30 per cent of whom were women – giving them a voice at the highest level and providing support to develop their careers. Claire also has a significant impact outside the business, setting standards for her sector by helping roll out Trailblazer apprenticeships across the UK.
The judges added: “We were amazed by how much, as one person, Claire has achieved for Troup Bywaters + Anders – breaking new ground, sustaining and improving business performance, and influencing her colleagues to deliver.”
CITA 2017 In house Recruitment Team Keltbray Creechurch Place
In-house Recruitment Team of the Year
Winner: Keltbray Group
Keltbray’s in-house recruitment team has established itself as an internal and external trading division of the group, through two brands: Qualified Recruitment (internal) and Konstructive Recruitment (external).
The judges were impressed by Keltbray’s outstanding savings on recruitment costs, which amounted to three times more than its initial target in the year to June 2017, as well as its emphasis on diversity, including an initiative to encourage women into the workforce.
In terms of innovation, Keltbray demonstrated how it has established collaboration with clients and customers in suppling candidates to the supply chain – showing a commitment to supporting the industry more widely.
Highly Commended: McGoff Group
The judges said: “McGoff puts real heart into its recruitment processes. It is people-focused and involves everyone – including 96-year-old William when recruiting new staff in his care home – showing real initiative and inclusivity.”
CITA 2017 Outreach Initiative Farrans Construction
Outreach Initiative of the Year
Winner: Farrans Construction
Farrans impressed the judges with the geographical scope of its Aspire talent programme. The initiative was wholly developed by Farrans community engagement manager Brigid McGuigan and is designed to reach out to the long-term unemployed, people with drug or alcohol problems, ex-offenders, and those with learning disabilities.
The judges heard testimonies from as far afield as Tyne and Wear and Northern Ireland, with a wide range of partners involved from the Prince’s Trust to Mencap. The panel said: “With 500 employees, Farrans is punching above its weight with the outputs achieved. The range of disadvantaged people it has helped is impressive.”
CITA 2017 Wellbeing Initiative Cundall One Carter Lane
Wellbeing Initiative of the Year
Cundall fitted out its new office space in London to the WELL Building Standard – a new system for measuring, certifying and monitoring building features that affect workplace health and wellbeing. The consultant was able to present data showing a positive benefit in a short space of time, proving it has taken a comprehensive approach that had resulted in impressive outcomes.
In particular, the company was able to show a correlation between the scheme and employee health and wellbeing, as well as improvements in attraction and retention rates.
A cost-benefit analysis suggested that conducting the fit-out to the WELL standard was not significantly more expensive than more conventional approaches, while the benefits will allow Cundall to recoup the investment within a very short timeframe.
Highly Commended: Jacobs
The judges said: “Jacobs impressed because it demonstrated both corporate and individual employee benefits of its mental health and wellbeing scheme. An environment has been created in which people feel comfortable to share their experiences. The scale of this connection is noteworthy, with 70,000 employees worldwide being involved.”