Carillion Civil Engineering - Tackling Youth Unemployment in Blaenau Gwent

Wales & West Utilities Inspiring Young Talent, Highly Commended 2104, Reaccredited 2015, 2016.

Carillion’s approach to going beyond contractual commitments whilst delivering infrastructure projects has provided employment, training and work experience for young people in Blaenau Gwent along with a myriad of business benefits.

Social impacts

  • Provided 1,530 weeks of employment to date for ‘New Entrant Trainees’, in craft apprenticeship, technical apprenticeship and graduate roles and is on target to exceed contractual commitments by at least 300 weeks.
  • Created the nucleus for the formation of the A465 Apprenticeship Academy which in turn has provided 25 Technical Apprenticeships so far. This is providing routes to gain professional qualifications and careers.
  • Created staff development opportunities supporting our 26 on-site trainees and in providing 70 weeks of work experience for young people.

Business impacts

  • Brought the CITB’s National Skills Academy to Wales, securing up to £100,000 of funding towards supporting training of young people and creating the opportunity for other major Infrastructure schemes to do the same.
  • Supported growth of the business by recruiting much needed trainees into professional roles, who will go on to become future managers.
  • Publication of recent articles praising our work with trainees, including one following the visit by the Minister Finance Jane Hutt, has continued to enhance Carillion’s reputation in Wales both with the Welsh Government and the rest of the industry.

Carillion logoIn 2010 Carillion secured a contract to design and construct a new section of the A465 dual carriageway between Tredegar and Brynmawr. 

Carillion developed a Community Benefits Plan identifying key areas where they could positively impact the lives of local people linked to Welsh Government’s tackling poverty agenda.

With committed client and senior management, the delivery team have set high aspirations for provision of employment and training opportunities for the young people of Blaenau Gwent and valleys.

This has included providing engaging and inspirational work experience to raise the aspirations of local children, create unique opportunities for disengaged young people, and providing high quality career opportunities for young people, supporting business growth by developing a skilled local workforce.

In turn, this approach has secured the establishment of a CITB National Skills Academy for Wales, attracting additional funding for training and wider benefits to the construction sector.

"Carillion are committed to supporting local communities and developing skills for employment. The work of the A465 team inspiring the young people of the Welsh Valleys stands out as a great example of what a committed team can achieve. I am particularly proud that the project became the first National Skills Academy for Construction in Wales and the first on a highway construction project in the UK. Another highlight for me is the employment of six technical apprentices in Civil Engineering and Quantity Surveying. These are very high quality opportunities leading to professional careers and represent a bright future for the industry in south Wales."
Mark Davies, Managing Director at Carillion Civil Engineering, Rail and Highway Maintenance

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