Inspired by Muhammad Yunas in 2004, we’ve used our corporate skills to try and achieve social change. Working with a number of partners, we gained our Community Mark through Business in the Community in 2007 - an independent measure of the impact created by corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities in the community. Our investment has always been our time and expertise, and the return on our investment is creating candidates suitable for work and providing the skills the construction sector requires. Our community focus has done much to address the skills shortage and influenced employers to consider a more diverse pool of candidates which adds a satisfying level of partnership to our recruitment relationship.
Our commitment to CSR has had a profound impact on our staff. With our staff tenure a remarkable 10x the recruitment industry average, we recognise that embracing our values and committing to CSR is a significant factor. We are a hugely principled and ethical firm who have always focused on doing the right thing and treating people fairly, never chasing the £s! And this isn't just about fun! Casino nights, kilt walks, bakes sales and swamp challenges are for our charity of choice, but for changing lives, we have Constructing Futures.
We all still remember what it's like trying to get your foot in the door to your chosen profession and the pain of being rejected for "not having enough experience". Constructing Futures changes that and playing your part will help build an engaged team:
• 80% of millennials want to work for a firm that contributes to society - at Contract Scotland we do this daily.
• 86% of workers believe it is important that their employer is actively social responsibility
Constructing Futures is our social enterprise. We set it up to provide voluntary placements for people with a perceived lack of experience or value to build a future in the construction industry while addressing the skills shortage at the same time.
THE BRIDGES PROGRAMMES
The Bridges Programmes is an organisation that helps refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and anyone who has English as their second language, in Glasgow. We provided mentoring, conducted mock interviews and found placements for people to help them into sustainable employment.
The Raploch Urban Regeneration Company was set up to regenerate a run-down area of Stirling through a public & private sector partnership. As part of the programme, we sponsored the ‘Breaking the Mould’ project to help long-term unemployed women find work in the construction industry. After a 16-week schedule to complete their Construction NVQ – along with job shadowing an employer in the industry – we found sustainable employment for a number of women who completed the initiative.
SCOTTISH PRISON SERVICE
In 2004 we were invited to help the Scottish Prison Service identify work opportunities for ex-offenders who had undertaken the NVQ in Construction in Barlinnie Prison.
Through our contacts in the Scottish building and civil engineering market, we found enough construction companies to participate and invited them to introduce themselves to the ex-offenders. This proved to be a success, and nine of the ten ex-offenders not only gained sustainable employment on their release but were in employment three months after their release date.