This month’s focus is on Armed Forces for the fourth of twelve ‘key monthly themes’ for the collaborative working group annual schedule.
This theme considers; the armed forces community and the moral obligation to those who serve, have served, their families and the bereaved.
Echoing the Armed Forces Covenant’s twin underlying principles that; members of the armed forces community should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services; and that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given the most such as the injured or the bereaved.
Contractors across the framework have taken steps to promote jobs within construction, as well as boosting knowledge of the opportunities available.
Cheetham Hill Construction have led by example for this month’s theme in the Northwest by recently being awarded Silver in the Employer Recognition Scheme for support to Defence and Wider Armed Forces community.
John Davies, Project Recce COO, Testimonial: “Your contribution on past courses has been really appreciated and feedback has been very positive.”
For the wider Collaborative working group commitments, CHC have arranged to give a one hour presentation as part of Project Recce on 19th September and will also take part in some speed interviews on the 20th September, with a view to hopefully offer a permanent position.
Along with CHC, our other contractors in the Region including; City Build, Conlon and Eric Wright will support a Pathway into Construction course being run by Project Recce for veterans. This will include giving a presentation and offering mock interviews. This will be followed by offers of meaningful work experience and employment if possible.
In addition, as part of the Armed Forces initiatives in August; Cheetham Hill Construction, City Build, Conlon and Eric Wright have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
Our London based contractor; Cosmur have signed up to AmazonSmile, which is a program that donates 0.5% of eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of choice. For the Collaborative Working Group initiative; Cosmur have dedicated their charitable donations to the SSFA charity.
SSAFA is an Armed Forces charity; the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, is a UK charity that provides lifelong support to serving men and women and veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families or dependents. Anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force and their families, both regulars and reserves, are eligible for their help.
ESH have previously been awarded Silver status in 2021 for the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.
For the collaborative working group; ESH Group & GRAHAM are working in partnership with The Career Transition Partnership (CTP).
CTP is the Ministry of Defence working with Right Management in supporting leavers of the Armed Forces for over 20 years, as they transition from the military into civilian life.
ESH & Graham will be hosting a joint site visit at a Sheffield based site and have registered to host the next cohort to engage/support individuals looking to build a career within construction.
For the East & West Midlands combined; Graham have committed to targeting 1 x job opportunity for the Armed Forces for each of their projects. The first being placed at Enterprise Wharf, Birmingham. The recruitment process has begun for placements on other upcoming projects.
Gelder signed up to The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) carrying out a thorough recruitment process receiving 7x CV’s, Undertaking 5x interviews and have recruited for one position.
Hankinson, also signed up to CTP; received 5x CV’s, carried out 2x interviews and have also recruited for a position.
Graham are currently liaising with The Poppy Factory. The Poppy Factory is an organisation that supports veterans with health conditions on their journey into employment, helping them overcome any barriers. Graham have ring-fenced a position for an electrical installation engineer, to be fulfilled by an ex-forces individual.
SOCIAL VALUE ADD
A collective £22.7k Social Value Add has been generated because of August Social Value Activities that are non-project specific from sub-groups of Contractors across our national framework. Calculated using the National TOMs via the Compliance Chain portal.
For more information, or to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, visit: Sign the Armed Forces Covenant and make your promise – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)