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Outreach Initiative of the Year

With a skills crisis looming, successful outreach initiatives are more important than ever to attract new talent – as our seven finalists have demonstrated.

Cita 2017 outreach initiative carillion kier joint venture

Cita 2017 outreach initiative carillion kier joint venture

Carillion Kier Joint Venture: M6 J16-19 Smart Motorway Programme

The CKJV team set a goal to grow and develop a diverse team to help address the shortfall of skilled workers in the industry. To fulfil this objective, the project employed an experienced project skills co-ordinator who successfully bid for and implemented the National Skills Academy for Construction framework to drive recruitment and training.

This co-ordinator also made contact with local group The Pledge, an organisation known to schools in the area that helped the CKJV team to tailor its careers advice and guidance accordingly. Alongside other initiatives, this saw the team promote the sector to thousands of young people across the region.

Cita 2017 outreach initiative carillion morgan sindall joint venture

Cita 2017 outreach initiative carillion morgan sindall joint venture

Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture: A1 Leeming to Barton Improvements

The A1 Leeming to Barton project has focused on offering work opportunities to people who have found it difficult to gain employment through traditional routes due to disability.

It was the first construction organisation to collaborate with WorkFit, a service that connects employers and people with Down’s syndrome, holding a Down’s syndrome awareness session at project level as an introduction. This resulted in the team employing Sophie, 17, on a 12-week work placement with its administration team – reflecting the project’s ability to appoint from a diverse pool of people.

Cita 2017 outreach initiative farrans construction

Cita 2017 outreach initiative farrans construction

Farrans Construction: ASPIRE

In total, 140 learners have participated in Farrans’ ASPIRE programme, which stands for Active Skills Programme Integrating Relevant Experience.

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 programme involves employability skills training, a site visit, two weeks’ structured work experience, CV writing and interview training.

A total of 62 people have benefited from the initiative to date, by securing either contracts of employment or places in further education.

Midland metro

Midland metro

Midland Metro Alliance: Sector-based Work Academy

The MMA is an alliance of the West Midlands Combined Authority, a consortium of design experts from Egis, Tony Gee and Pell Frischmann, and rail specialists Colas Rail.

The alliance engaged with local colleges, the Department for Work and Pensions, councils and other funders to deliver a bespoke six-week Sector-based Work Academy in Light Rail.

It offers unemployed candidates an opportunity to achieve accredited qualifications and gain practical experience in light rail construction, with 56 starting the programme, 50 completing it and 22 candidates offered and accepting roles with MMA itself as of July 2017.

Cita 2017 outreach initiative multiplex construction europe

Cita 2017 outreach initiative multiplex construction europe

Multiplex Construction Europe: Constructing Positive Futures for All

Multiplex aims to raise the profile of construction as a career destination by working with school pupils, offering them direct access to projects and teams and providing work experience for new entrants.

The Constructing Positive Futures strategy has made significant progress in the past 12 months, delivering 113 new entrant jobs, 54 new apprenticeship starts, 49 new graduate placements with 10,809 work experience hours.

Multiplex engages closely with a range of clients, supply chain partners and community stakeholders to deliver this, developing a monthly tracking system to monitor progress and share best practice with the wider business.

Cita 2017 outreach initiative peter brett associates

Cita 2017 outreach initiative peter brett associates

Peter Brett Associates: Peter Brett Foundation

In 2015, Peter Brett Associates set up the Peter Brett Foundation to build on its existing engagement with schools, colleges and universities.

The foundation researches and creates tools to benefit and shape the curriculum, working towards a world where a young person’s success is not determined by their social background. It also sponsors students who want to pursue engineering, offering continuous support and mentoring, and helping local schools with their marketing needs.

Cita 2017 outreach initiative wsp

Cita 2017 outreach initiative wsp

WSP: WSP Launchpad

Launchpad is WSP’s schools engagement and STEM programme.

WSP’s Professional Growth Network has reinvigorated the Launchpad during the past 12 months, encouraging more people within the business to engage with STEM activities through hosting work experience students and reaching out to local schools.

This has seen a 27 per cent increase in WSP STEM ambassadors in 2017, 120 hours volunteered for STEM events in June alone, 20 work experience students hosted in London that month, and 360 unique visitors to the WSP Launchpad site monthly.

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