You could say what we do is all about people and the relationships between them. We put them together so individuals find the jobs they want, and companies find the people they want.
So it makes sense that we establish strong connections in the industry. Building relationships with accredited industry bodies ensure we are setting standards, keep informed of the trends in our sector and provides a great support system.
The Association of Staffing Professional Companies (APSCo) sets the standard for recruitment companies in the professional sectors. Contract Scotland is an active member, and we’ve been impressed by their approach to improving diversity, their commitment to raising the profile of recruitment, their training courses and their proactive approach to addressing legal and equality issues. They’ve been a great benefit to us and consequently our clients.
In 2015 we were fortunate enough to be awarded the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative largely for our social enterprise, Constructing Futures.
We have worked with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) for over 14 years now and developed a strong alliance. We have not only been proud to be the annual dinner sponsor but have worked with the various regional units to conduct CPD days and advise members on recruitment market conditions and attraction and retention methods. We enjoy working with a body who set the standards of excellence in the building industry and who promote the merits of working in the construction industry.
Novus is an initiative from the Chartered Institute of Building. Its aim is to prepare young people to be the next generation of construction industry leaders, providing a direct link from undergraduate to chartered membership. We’re great believers in encouraging individuals who want to enter the construction industry, and also helping the industry as a whole – particularly in the light of current skill shortages. So we sponsor CIOB Novus events, which help professionals network with their contemporaries.
Equate promotes careers in construction, science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) to women, providing greater diversity. At the moment our temporary female workforce is only at 3%, and we want to improve this figure by working with CIOB Novus, schools and university partnerships. We’re also using our Constructing Futures programme to promote the merits of the industry and demonstrate the benefits a diverse workforce can have in a male-dominated sector. At Contract Scotland we are made up of over 65% females, and we’re keen to be an ambassador for all types of people looking for a career in recruitment.
Our staff are engaged for many reasons, but our firm commitment to CSR is a significant factor. Casino nights, kilt walks, bakes sales and swamp challenges are for our charity of choice, but we’re also committed to changing lives, which Constructing Futures achieves.Find out more