Kier provides on the job learning in Boston
Published by Elizabeth Pokorny for Kier Services in Education and also in Housing
Two teenagers in Boston have secured their futures by joining apprenticeship programmes provided by Kier.
The apprentices will be full-time employees, working on a three-year apprenticeship programme combining day or block release study with Boston College.
The line-up includes apprentice electrician Andrew Crane (17) and, for the first time, a business and administration apprentice, Alex Mcqueen (19). Andrew commented: “I am really honoured to get this position as an electrical apprentice as there aren't many career possibilities in Boston.”
The apprentice enrolment is just one element of Kier’s corporate responsibility agenda, which has recently seen the company accredited with Business in the Community (BITC) Gold standard one year ahead of target. The standard is a voluntary benchmark set by UK companies.
Since 2009, seven local people in Boston have been provided with an important step on the career ladder through apprenticeships with Kier. In addition, nine young people have been offered work placements, with two securing full-time employment with Kier as a direct result of the opportunity. Kier has also provided over 262 hours of local voluntary and charity support to date, as well as direct fundraising activity to support local charities. Kier also works with around 45 subcontractors in the area, directly supporting the local economy.
Kier senior operations manager in Boston, Heidi Thompson, said: “Delivering on our promises for education, training and employment impacts throughout the region, supporting young people as well as adults, and Kier remains committed to making a positive contribution to local economic well-being.”
For more information about Kier visit www.kier.co.uk/maintenance
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