QUALITY EDUCATION Sustainability Report 23 Training the next generation We’re providing education and development opportunities for our people and communities to address the construction sector skills shortage. 6% EMPLOYEES ON ‘EARN AND LEARN’ SCHEMES Our goals • To provide youth & community education and training initiatives in all Divisions • To maintain 5% Club status by increasing ‘earn and learn’ training opportunities • To create a sustainability competency programme for employees and sub-contractors. Our progress in FY21 • We are proud to be a Cornerstone Employer in South Yorkshire, Humber & East Riding, Liverpool and Lancashire • 7 case studies published online • Joined the Supply Chain Sustainability School as a Partner to aid capacity building on sustainability in our workforce and supply chain With an ageing construction workforce in the UK, attracting, developing and retaining employees with the right expertise is key. While housing is likely to face skills challenges over the coming years, for example, to install low carbon technologies in both new and old homes, it is an exciting time for a new generation to join the housing industry and learn new skills. Supporting community education Keepmoat is a Cornerstone Employer in South Yorkshire, Humber & East Riding, Liverpool and Lancashire, meaning we work with the Careers and Enterprise Company to provide career guidance and work experience for young people to help them in future choices. In a normal year, we work closely with local schools and colleges around our developments, helping to deliver face to face construction skills sessions, work experience and careers support. COVID-19 has meant much of this support has moved online. Despite the challenges, during FY21 we dedicated over 240 employee hours to school visits on topics from careers information to household budgeting. We have provided many opportunities for people, young people in particular, to gain qualifications, placing 41 apprentices directly or through our supply chain and providing 56 accredited training weeks towards other workplace qualifications. Supporting our skills development During the year we achieved Gold status with The 5% Club, for greater than 5% of our employees being trainees, graduates or apprentices in ‘earn and learn’ positions across all functions within the business or through our sub-contractors and partners. In fact, 6% of our employees are in such positions. This approach supports our skilled teams, addresses skills shortages and opens this very important sector as a great career opportunity to many. Among them are the 10 participants of the first cohort of our new Land and Partnerships Graduate Scheme programme, which is underway. We have now turned our attention to a Commercial Graduate Scheme with its first intake during FY22. We are also committed to the personal and professional development of our existing employees, which you may read more about on page 24. Chantelle 6% of employees on ‘earn and learn’ schemes From leaving school Chantelle had a drive and passion to work in the construction industry. However, her early attempts to gain an apprenticeship with a contractor proved elusive until she applied to Keepmoat. Chantelle was successful in securing an Assistant Site Manager role in 2017 and is now successfully working alongside the site manager at a Keepmoat site in Malton North Yorkshire where she acts as a role model for other young women looking to enter into the industry. Chantelle visits local primary and secondary schools where she uses her experiences to encourage young women to pursue their goals and ambitions regardless of the challenges they may face. Chantelle is also one of small number of female site managers at Keepmoat working to change the views and stereotypes within the sector. Supporting our supply chain During FY21 we made the most of our apprenticeship levy, transferring unused funds to our supply chain to maximise benefits. Phoebe One example is where we shared our Levy pot with Chandos Civil Engineering to enable them to recruit a new apprentice quantity surveyor. Phoebe wished to pursue a career in Quantity Surveying, but realised that she was better suited to an apprenticeship degree. She had already secured a role as a Junior Surveyor at Chandos Civil Engineering in 2018. However, in order to qualify for a place on an apprenticeship degree, she needed sponsorship from a company with a Levy Scheme. By sharing our Levy with Chandos, we were able to give Phoebe the opportunity to access higher education. Chandos said: “Phoebe has a promising career ahead of her and we are grateful to Keepmoat Homes for their investment in her future and also their continuous support for the future of the construction industry.”
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