Corporate Responsibility Award win
Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Housing and also in Communities
Julia Evans, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Builders, right, presents Kier’s Customer Manager Maxine Wigley with the award
Kier Sheffield was presented with the prestigious Corporate Responsibility Award at the sixth annual Celebrating Construction in South Yorkshire Awards (CCiSY) on 4 October. The accolade recognises Kier’s commitment to delivering a positive impact in the community through the provision of jobs, training, local investment and projects with schools and charities.
Held by the Chartered Institute of Building at the impressive Cutlers Hall, the CCiSY 2013 event aims to showcase the professionalism, excellence and innovation of South Yorkshire’s construction community.
Kier Sheffield is proud of its undertaking over the last ten years. Its aim is to be hands on in contributing to the social well-being of the community, placing a strong emphasis on making a difference though raising skill levels, targeting hard to reach groups and supporting local people into work. This includes providing 198 apprenticeships, 6,000 days of work experience, 80 opportunities for the long-term unemployed and 1,520 opportunities for those aged 16 to 19 through the Construction Design Centre.
In addition, Kier supports investment into the local economy by providing business to local subcontractors; this equates to £344m into the supply chain with 81% of materials purchased locally. Kier also shared its expertise with over 100 local SMEs, hosting an event to showcase the all-inclusive benefits of being socially responsible, resulting in a number of delegates committing to apprenticeships and development programmes.
Kier Sheffield’s award-winning City Stewardship programme, in collaboration with CTS Training and Sheffield Council Housing, was launched with the aim of providing a stepping stone for young people aged between 16 and 18, who are not engaged in employment or education. The programme provides vital job experience and onward opportunities for young people.
Kier regional operations director, Phil Oades, said: “We are extremely honoured to be recognised at the region’s premier construction event, and this award in particular demonstrates our continued efforts in contributing to the community where we work.
“Kier Sheffield is acknowledged as setting the benchmark but we are preparing for the next steps; addressing harder to reach groups and looking at how Kier as a company - and especially our front-line - can make a real difference to the social, economic and environmental well-being of our community and residents.”
Kier Sheffield is responsible for repairs and maintenance to housing stock managed by Sheffield Council, as well as schools and public buildings.