St. Leger Homes praised for investing in skills of local people
Published by S Southgate for St Leger Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Education, Local Government
St. Leger Homes of Doncaster has been shortlisted for three prestigious awards which recognise the way it supports the people and economy of the Doncaster area.
The organisation, which manages 21,000 homes on behalf of Doncaster Council, has been shortlisted in three categories of the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards. It will compete for the trophies for ‘Leadership and People Development’, ‘Health and Safety’, and ‘Young Achiever’ for its plumbing apprentice Lloyd Marshall.
Constructing Excellence is an organisation run by UK building industry members with the aim of driving improvements and supporting local economies. Its highly respected annual awards are judged by a panel of industry peers. If St. Leger Homes wins in the regional final on 18 July it will go through to a national contest in November.
The shortlistings are the latest in a series of accolades for St. Leger Homes. The company is one of just a handful across the world to have secured the British Safety Council’s highest accolade - the Sword of Honour - for three consecutive years. It has also won a series of recent awards for its craft apprenticeship programme. Over the past nine years 50 people have completed apprenticeships and taken up permanent roles within the organisation.
A further skills development programme which featured in the award entry was the launch of the St. Leger Homes World of Work Academy in January this year. The scheme offers council tenants and their families work-based skills and has already helped 14 people to secure jobs following long-term unemployment.
Chief Executive of St. Leger Homes, Susan Jordan, said: “High quality health and safety and people development programmes are central to our work, and it is rewarding to have our successes recognised in this way.”
Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said: “Jobs and growth are among my key priorities and I am pleased that St. Leger Homes is investing in developing the skills of local people. These programmes support the individuals, their families and the area’s long term economic growth and assist in getting our residents back into work.”