Efficiency North – Responsible Business Champion: Employment

Building communities and futures in Yorkshire and Humber

Unipart Outstanding Employment Award

Efficiency North’s ‘Social Value Strategy’ supports those facing barriers to employment in Yorkshire and Humber. It provides pathways to careers that will boost social mobility and stimulate the local economy – leaving a legacy that other contractors can follow.

Efficiency North’s Social Value Strategy is testament to our commitment to ensuring opportunities and wider pastoral and financial support are available to people facing significant barriers to employment and to invest in the sustainable future of the communities our social housing landlord membership support.

Lee Parkinson, Chief Executive, Efficiency North

Societal impacts

Efficiency North has been able to:

  • increase training and employment opportunities and quality routes to construction careers, which will enable disadvantaged people to contribute to their local economy and increase their social mobility
  • build the workforce of the future from within communities to improve life choices and life chances for individuals and the socio-economic outlook for the whole community
  • investment in communities to empower communities to help themselves.

Business impacts

Efficiency North has been able to:

  • increase turnover through company’s procurement framework contracts, with compound growth of 500% over 5 years
  • provide a talent pipeline for the membership, contractors and suppliers to help plug the skills gap identified in the Government’s Construction 2025 strategy
  • Make a 600% growth in a workforce proud to be part of a company with a social value ethos and the collective achievements for members and their communities.

Lee Parkinson, Chief Executive, Efficiency North: “Having started out as an apprentice from a working-class community myself, I understand how fortunate I was to enjoy the benefits of support from people who invested their time and experience in me. Their efforts certainly contributed to my career path, which has led to the privilege of my current role. Many young people today sadly do not enjoy such support and miss out on opportunities that could change the course of their lives. Efficiency North’s Social Value Strategy is testament to our commitment to ensuring opportunities and wider pastoral and financial support are available to people facing significant barriers to employment and to invest in the sustainable future of the communities our social housing landlord membership support.”

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