Skills for marginalised groups: UK

One in six 16 to 24-year-olds in England was not in education, employment or training (NEET) at the end of June 2012.

Carillion supports young people by offering a range of work experience and career information programmes to inspire people into careers in construction and related industries.

In 2012, we joined Business in the Community’s (BITC’s) North West Work Inclusion Leadership Group to explore how the public, private and voluntary sectors can work together to support work inclusion. Since then, there have been a number of best practice sharing industry and community events, and we have partnered with the Construction Youth Trust in the Greater Manchester region, UK, to support various vocational education programmes for NEET groups. See also Learning and development.

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National Skills Academy for Construction status, Library of Birmingham

Carillion’s Library of Birmingham contract in the UK offers project-based training, managed and promoted by ConstructionSkills, which is tailored to helping clients and contractors to get the right skills where they need them. To date, the contract has helped around 200 local people to get back into work.

In 2012, the library gained National Skills Academy for Construction status, a flagship example for delivering high volume, added-value employment and skills outcomes through an exciting, cutting-edge construction project.

The contract team secured 100 employment placements in 2012 with local subcontractors – many for homeless individuals – with at least 50% gaining full-time roles. It was also winner of the 2012 Social Impact at The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards. The team was praised for creating a best practice and sustainability legacy that will last long after the doors of the library open.

The Prince’s Trust partnership

Our partnership with UK charity The Prince’s Trust is in its seventh year. The Trust carries out vital work supporting marginalised young people to develop workplace skills like confidence and motivation. Together, we focus on providing training and mentoring opportunities for people aged 14 to 30, helping to improve their job prospects.

We are a founding member of The Prince’s Trust’s Construction and Business Services Leadership Group, which funds a skills development programme for young people looking to find a route into the industry.

In 2012, we delivered six courses to 78 young people, of which 92% passed the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), and two gained permanent employment on Carillion sites or with our subcontractors.

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Building young people’s confidence

In March 2012, the Southmead Hospital Redevelopment Project (SHRP) in Bristol, UK, alongside The Prince’s Trust and Carillion Training Services, hosted the fifth ‘Get into Construction’ course. The course gives young people a taster of what it is like to work in the construction industry, giving candidates the chance to turn their hand to carpentry and bricklaying, among other skills.

The week led to CSCS tests, following which all candidates were offered work experience placements.

SHRP is also supporting employability issues in the wider community through its courses to improve the confidence and prospects of the long-term unemployed. Carillion donated £3,000 to ensure these courses can continue in the local community.

Raising career aspirations through the Green Deal, UK

The UK Government’s 2012 report, Jobs, Growth and Warmer Homes, demonstrates that investment in energy efficiency infrastructure could generate up to 71,000 jobs, rising to 130,000 jobs by 2027 – as well as boosting GDP by 0.2% by 2015.

This is great news for young people whose employment prospects may be bleak. Through its Green Deal government partnership, Carillion Energy Services has been tasked with helping to build the skills base needed for the emerging low-carbon economy. Part of this means raising the aspirations of young people and highlighting opportunities within the burgeoning energy efficiency sector. For example, in Birmingham, UK, Carillion engaged with local schools to raise awareness of careers and job opportunities in the low-carbon sector. Nineteen students from three different schools took part in a Green Deal two-week work placement where they developed competencies in communication, leadership, team working, problem solving and managing finances. See Committed to action.

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Business Class

Carillion has participated in Business in the Community’s Business Class programme in Nottingham and Wolverhampton, UK. The latest contribution to the programme is as lead partner and first year sponsor of the Tameside Business Class Cluster in East Manchester. We provide mentoring support to five schools in the area.

This includes partnering with the Engineering Development Trust’s Go4SET programme, in which schools compete in a 10-week environmentally themed project designed to inspire youngsters in science, technology, engineering, and maths-based careers.

“Carillion is proud to be sponsoring Year 1 of the Tameside Business Class programme. We hope that all businesses involved realise the benefits of participating in this unique programme and continue to support their school partner for many years to come.”David Pierpoint, Senior Operations Manager and cluster sponsor

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Project Contribution to Skills Leadership – Library of Birmingham contract

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Prince’s Trust work experience placements on Carillion sites

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Individual contribution to the National Skills Academy for Construction – Sinead Mackenzie

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Making jobs a reality
The Library of Birmingham project team have had far-reaching impacts, providing on-site training, skills development and paid work opportunities.

“Being able to get my NVQ while working on the Library of Birmingham has been great. It was a lot easier than I thought. Now I have a qualification that is recognised across the industry, which will help me when I apply for jobs.”Scott Andrews, NVQ recipient

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project in Wales to achieve National Skills Academy for Construction status, A465 Heads of the Valleys Dualling Scheme

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