We’re proud to be shortlisted for the British Construction Industry award for Community Engagement Initiative of the Year.
The award is for ‘an outstanding community award initiative’ which creates a positive legacy. Our entry described the Go Beyond The Gates programme, led by CSR manager Kimberley McGinty. We support ex-offenders into sustainable work on construction projects, helping them to start a new life out of prison. Giving them a chance in a new career helps break the cycle of unemployment, homelessness and re-offending.
During the pandemic we continued the initiative online. Some offenders were locked up for 23 hours each day, so our video-conferencing and phone calls to support inmates were particularly important. We hosted our own event with 60 serving offenders, and attended virtual employability days as guest speakers. We also provided in-cell videos and literature. These explained Go Beyond the Gates, the ROTL (release on temporary licence) programme, and how we support successful candidates upon release.
Chief executive Laurence Mckidd said: “Thank you to our team, our clients and partner organisations, who support the programme. We’re pleased to give ex-offenders a second chance, as part of our legacy on the UK’s infrastructure projects.”
The other shortlisted companies in the community engagement category are:
- Manchester Engineering Campus Development – Balfour Beatty
- Fosse Park West and Food Central – Bowmer + Kirkland
- Pooley Bridge, Cumbria – Cumbria County Council
- Barking Riverside Social Value Strategy – MSVF JV
- Regency Restoration Project Education and Community Engagement Plan – WM Longreach
The next step is for all the shortlisted companies to present online to a BCIA judging panel on 31 August. COO Ciara Pryce and CSR manager Kimberley McGinty will give more information and answer questions about the programme.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 13 October 2021.
The British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA), which are led by New Civil Engineer and the Institute of Civil Engineers, aim to recognise projects that improve people’s lives.