Carillion Civil Engineering - A465 Schools Engagement Project

Careers Wales Education Award, 2014 Winner, Reaccredited 2015, 2016.

Carillion’s Schools Engagement Programme in the Heads of the Valleys tackled low educational attainment and unemployment in the area by improving the employment prospects of young people.

Social impact

  • Educated over 500 pupils living and schooling in close proximity to the site about the dangers of construction sites.
  • Provided more than 32 weeks of work experience to University students on site.

Business impacts

  • 31% of Carillion's Welsh workforce were engaged and actively involved in supporting young people.
  • Generated 70 weeks of employee development opportunities through work experience placements and mentoring.
  • Gained recognition for Carillion by winning them the South East Wales CITB Construction Ambassador Employer of the Year and South East Wales Construction Ambassador of the Year awards

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The Schools Engagement Programme on the A465 project is a great example of Carillion’s commitment to supporting sustainable communities. The breadth and depth of their programme is breaking new ground for infrastructure construction projects. Building on existing partnerships and ideas as well as developing new and exciting ways to engage, the team have clearly demonstrated their passion and commitment. I have no doubt that this is making a real difference to young peoples’ lives and future prospects in south Wales.

- Mark Davies,
Managing Director at Carillion Civil Engineering, Rail & Highway Maintenance
Carillion’s Schools Engagement Programme on the A465 forms a key component of their plan to improve the prospects of young people, and aims to inspire the future workforce for a more prosperous Wales.

As part of a major contract to design and construct a new section of the A465 dual carriageway between Tredegar and Brynmawr, Carillion developed a Community Benefits Plan which identified key areas where they could impact positively the lives of local people.

Schools engagement formed a key part of the plan. Since the programme’s launch in July 2011, the delivery team have applied their considerable passion and enthusiasm to the project and have engaged with 2,500 young people from Blaenau Gwent and the Valleys to help them raise their aspirations, achieve better qualifications and improve their employment prospects.

Amongst the activities the team have carried out in support of young people in Blaenau Gwent were construction awareness events, including a specific Girls into Construction activity, and delivery of a Design a 21st Century School project which assisted 130 Sixth Form pupils in achieving their Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification.

Throughout the project they have built numerous partnerships, including one with Coleg Gwent to provide work experience opportunities.

All their activities provided opportunities to engage employees, but by engaging young people at school, college or university they also provided opportunities to identify future employees, gaining insights which normal interview processes do not offer. The project has also led to reputational benefits for Carillion and earned them a range of high profile industry awards.

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