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Shortlist: Construction Investing in Talent Awards

The inaugural Construction Investing in Talent Awards reward individuals and teams that go above and beyond to attract and retain the best talent. In our second and final preview, we look at those that have made the shortlists.

Best Place to Work

Place byrne

Place byrne

Virtually all companies will state that their biggest asset is their staff, but being able to demonstrate a culture that genuinely fosters inclusion and commitment is another thing altogether.

Stirring accounts of how companies value their people and encourage staff to pull together impressed the judges.

It was clear that larger firms faced the challenge of instiling a culture in an expanding and complex business, while smaller firms had to strive to find the time and resource required.

Ample training and support towards education scored highly, as did companies that could retain a family feel regardless of headcount.

Firms were also keen to show that health was high on their agenda both in terms of physical safety at work and mental health support.

Shortlist

  • BWB Consulting
  • Byrne Looby
  • Colas
  • Hydrock
  • Ramboll
  • SCS Group
  • Solomons Europe
  • SPV Group
  • VGC Group

Best Recruitment Consultancy

Presentation pitch meeting training

Presentation pitch meeting training

The construction industry’s skills shortage is well documented and getting the right people into the right jobs is proving a huge challenge for firms large and small.

These finalists showed best practice ranging from transparent margins to candid engagement, with testimonials supporting their claims.

With the emphasis on ‘consulting’ services, the judges were delighted with examples where organisations could show they really formed part of the recruitment team at the construction firms they served.

Shortlist

  • Blayze Group
  • Carmichael Fisher
  • Contract Scotland

Best Retention Strategy

Retention vgc group

Retention vgc group

Retention is at the heart of any successful firm and the judges were bowled over by the variety of effective business models on show.

The importance of benchmarking performance proved to be central to successful strategies, with the judging panel pointing to accurate measurement of retention policies as an essential tool.

The finalists showed clear evidence of long-term, sustainable results, strong interpersonal skills and a relentless internal focus on effective implementation.

Shortlist

  • BWB Consulting
  • VGC Group

Best Reward and Recognition Scheme

Place hydrock

Place hydrock

A good reward and recognition scheme can play a central role in ensuring both staff morale and retention rates are high.

All of our shortlisted companies have focused on recognising achievements and supporting staff to perform even better and reach their maximum potential.

Participation across our finalists’ schemes was high, showing a real connection with their workfroces.

Judges applauded these efforts to ensure valuable talent isn’t lost to competitors or other industries.

Shortlist

  • ByrneLooby
  • SCS Group
  • SGN

Best Use of Technology

Tech redrow

Tech redrow

Going beyond conventional approaches through the use of cutting-edge technologies set these finalists apart from their market competitors.

Those teams shortlisted demonstrated innovations that embraced social media in their recruitment, transformed outdated approaches and identified their long-term targets.

The judging panel was hugely encouraged by some of the inspired tactics and intensive efforts from these innovative finalists.

Shortlist

  • Eurovia UK
  • Peter Brett Associates
  • Redrow Homes

Best Wellbeing Initiative

Wellbeng keltbray

Wellbeng keltbray

The importance of wellbeing is increasingly being recognised across the construction sector, with companies beginning to give it the same attention and resource as other areas of health and safety.

Finalists showed a clear understanding that in-house awareness from top to bottom forms a crucial element of any wellbeing initiative, with judges also praising examples of collaboration with external stakeholders such as clients, consultants, trade bodies and subcontractors.

Shortlisted firms worked hard to develop strong, lasting engagement with staff to ensure these initiatives produced demonstrable results.

Shortlist

  • A-one+ Integrated Highway Services
  • Carillion Morgan Sindall JV
  • Graham Construction
  • Keltbray
  • McLaughlin & Harvey
  • RSK Group

HR Star of the Year

Paperwork

Paperwork

The desire to shake things up and find new ways to improve employee satisfaction lie behind those shortlisted for HR Star of the Year.

The results of their efforts  included boosting apprenticeship numbers and aiding retention across their businesses.

From spearheading video and social media campaigns in an industry that still lags behind its peers, to saving hundreds of thousands for their company via smarter recruitment, to being the person who works tirelessly to look after fellow employees, these individuals were each described as invaluable to their businesses.

Shortlist

  • Carly Brown – Costain
  • Dawn Bowker – Solomons Europe
  • Donna Hitchcock – Colas
  • Josh Beale-Fletcher – Peter Brett Associates

Innovation in Recruitment

Retention vgc 2

Retention vgc 2

This category’s expert judges were looking for truly innovative practices that went beyond mere standard best practice and delivered effective and unprecedented results.

Several of those companies shortlisted were commended for their willingness to look beyond the industry and draw inspiration from outside the sector, taking examples and creating something uniquely applicable to, and effective for, construction recruitment.

Collaboration both internally and externally was singled out for praise, as were several excellent examples of efforts to boost the industry’s diversity through progressive recruitment initiatives.

Shortlist

  • Colas
  • Keltbray
  • McLaughlin & Harvey
  • Thames Water Utilities

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