Sheryl Moore, is our corporate social responsibility manager in the North West. Sheryl recently won Outstanding Property Personality at the Downtown Women in Business Awards for her work to provide positive, lasting, targeted contributions to local communities. By taking the time to listen and appreciating the needs of the community and knowing what Kier colleagues and great local supply chain are good at, Sheryl works to deliver a legacy that we can all be proud of.
“I’m proud that Kier was the first construction company in the UK to achieve the Social Value Quality Mark, which was awarded to us in 2018. My passion, drive and enthusiasm to have a positive social impact in our local area has brought about a "feel good" factor within our construction site teams and people that I have had the pleasure to engage with.
Within the Liverpool City Region (LCR) and North Wales last year, I have supported 110 apprenticeships (42 new), 52 new jobs, 71 work placements, delivered 115 careers and educational activities with 10,942 students and 1,082 adults, 73 community events and helped raise over £61,589 for local charities including taking part in the British Heart Foundation Nightrider bike ride in Liverpool. Behind every statistic is a story. A new job, greater confidence, a clearer career path or supporting a local charity. This makes my job so great!
By taking the time to listen and appreciating the needs of the community and knowing what Kier colleagues and great local supply chain are good at, I can tailor our offering to deliver a legacy that we can all be proud of.
A good example of this includes working on the winning 2019 ‘Construction Excellence Project of the Year’, FA Parklife, to create four football hubs in Liverpool. We worked in collaboration with our supply chain to develop social impact with the result of delivering £16m worth of social value on the £19m project. We created nine jobs, 11 work placements, delivered 14 career and school engagement activities as well as 21 community engagement activities including a Charity Football Day, raising over £3,000 for 12 local charities including Liverpool Homeless Football Club (LHFC).
Another achievement I’m proud of is that Kier was the first contractor in Liverpool to fund supply chain apprentices through the Apprenticeship Levy. This is an opportunity I identified while attending the Liverpool Hub Apprentice Meeting, which resulted in Kier supporting SME construction contractors with levy transfer, creating two new local apprentices.
We’re committed to working with our local supply chain to provide new apprenticeship opportunities. Supporting Liverpool in Work and Liverpool Regeneration Construction Apprentice Scheme we have sustained 13 shared apprentices across a range of projects, allowing them to gain new skills whilst completing their studies.
I am determined to support people with work experience and placement opportunities within the construction industry and work tirelessly to ensure that it’s an enjoyable and valuable route to employment for the people I work with.
Recently, we have been supporting the Whitechapel Centre in Liverpool, which works with people who are sleeping rough, living in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation. Our activities so far have included:
- Taking part in the Whitechapel Sleepout, along with supply chain partners HA Civils and Webber Engineering, raising £6000 and donating the sleeping bags and mats used during the evening.
- For our “Boots on for Building” walking challenge we enlisted over 200 walkers from across the North West. This included our generous supply chain and six dogs! We raised over £16,173 for the Whitechapel Centre, Centrepoint, End Youth Homelessness and Kier Foundation which match funds employee charity donations.
- Donating mens underwear, something the Whitechapel were desperate for as they have limited washing facilities and provide over 60 pairs a day. At Christmas we donated chocolate selection boxes so everyone at the centre had at least one present to open on Christmas morning.
Kier has now signed the LCR homelessness business charter and I’ve booked my space on the training to become a ‘Home Street Home’ ambassador to help in the reduction of homelessness in the LCR.
My role at Kier provides me with a fantastic opening to introduce the opportunities that the construction industry provides, challenge stereotypes, raise aspirations and share career paths with the students.
Gaining skills as an Enterprise Advisor for Careers and Enterprise Company and working with The Big Trust charity has enabled me to support the students at the LEEP School in Speke and getting people into work.
The construction industry provides a wealth of opportunities, over 2000 jobs, utilising every skill, trade to professional management, from first job to career changers.
I believe in delivering Kier’s commitment in leaving a legacy and showing that construction is an industry with a job for everyone.”