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Construction News Awards Employer of the Year

Winner: Thomas Vale Construction

There are many companies that go that extra mile for their employees, but there are some that go an extra one beyond that. One such as this year’s winner, Thomas Vale, and to say the judges were impressed is erring on the side of understatement.

The firm is so convinced that it does a comprehensive job of looking after its employees that it not only produced a bespoke publication detailing this to show the panel of judges, but had printed copies that regardless of the outcome would be distributed to all staff to show what it told the judges about its values and actions as a good employer.

The panel was particularly interested to hear that since Bouygues acquired the business, it has emulated Thomas Vale’s Future Enterprise Board – a council of young employees whose views are listened to and acted upon.

Successes for the FEB include establishing partnerships with three local charities and social enterprises. It also hosted a charity ball which raised £12,000.

Thomas Vale was very strong in all areas; a leading business that is still demonstrably working to build on these.

In a time of acquisition by Bouygues and possible employee confusion about company strategy, Thomas Vale undertook an Investors in People audit, aiming for the highest level of the Gold Standard, which only 2.5 per cent of the UK’s businesses achieve.

Having been awarded this, Thomas Vale produced the official glowing report for the judges’ perusal.

The IIP inspector noted: “Without a single exception, everyone had a clear and consistent understanding of what the company is seeking to achieve, the current state of progress, the core values of integrity, positivity and honesty and what their own personal role was in supporting the achievement of the vision.”

It is also committed to the regions in which it operates and focuses heavily on local employment. In terms of supporting local economies it has exceeded its own targets for localised employment, with 85 per cent of staff coming from within a 20-mile radius of a project or office.

To ensure this and to also help achieve an annual staff turnover of just 3.4 per cent, Thomas Vale uses a bespoke ‘7D’ BIM model that calculates local employment and aims to add value to the local community.

“This was a very comprehensive presentation, which addressed all the judging criteria, and was able to demonstrate outstanding achievement with objective evidence. Thomas Vale stood out against the competition in the area of CSR that in times of austerity is commendable”

Judges’ comment

Finalists

Aggregate Industries

Ainscough Crane Hire

GAP Group

JLES Group

Kier Group

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