Dan Doherty is regional director in our Kier Construction North & Scotland business and he covers  the North East, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. Here, Dan reflects on his time since joining Kier, highlighting the success and growth of the business and how we’re attracting new talent and developing skills.

“I joined Kier Construction in July 2020 and reflecting on my first year at Kier, it's amazing to think about everything we have achieved and it's particularly astounding to think about this considering it has been such a strange and challenging period due to COVID.

We have a fantastic business, and undoubtedly this is down to the quality of the people we have at Kier. I'm really pleased to be a part of our great culture; we really benefit from the national might of Kier, paired with genuine local passion. I'm proud to live and work in our region and I'm not alone in that.

Delivering for our local communities is something we care about. In this region alone in the last year we have delivered over £79m social return on investment (ROI), 85% of our supply chain are from our local area, and we have created 55 jobs.

Supporting young people to join our industry is something we're passionate about. In the last 12 months in the region, we've provided 352 work experience days, engaged with 3,620 young people and have 68 people on early careers schemes such as apprenticeships, and placements opportunities.

I am so proud that we have been a part of helping people start their careers in the built environment. The strength of our business is clear to see in the number of projects we've won over the last year along with the fantastic projects we've successfully delivered for our clients.

From Darley Street Markets in Bradford, to Sunningdale SEN school in Sunderland, we've got plenty of new projects in our pipeline to continue delivering for our customers and growing our business in the region. With that comes plenty of careers opportunities in a huge range of roles.

Additionally, in the last year we've handed over more than ten projects including seven schools, two healthcare projects (the PET-MRI Facility, Royal Hallamshire Hospital for the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the ‘NHSBT’ National Health Service Blood and Transplant Centre in Barnsley), as well as refurbishing phase three of the derelict, Grade II-listed Park Hill Flats estate to form 356 bedrooms of student accommodation and a student accommodation complex in Sheffield. 

In the North East, we handed over phase 1 of our Ponteland school, leisure centre and fire station in November 2020, and in Nottingham we have delivered Phase 1B of Everards Meadows, constructing 862m² of new office accommodation, 1454m² of brewery floor area and 1054m² of retail, food and drink space.

Our focus on next generation construction methods creates a better, cleaner and safer working environment for everyone as well as the clear benefits of quicker building and improved quality. These new ways of working in our industry, including embracing digital and new technology, means we can create opportunities for new roles and skills. It's crucial that we work closely with our supply chain partners to ensure we're continually looking to new and innovative ways of doing things. At Kier, we're always willing to try new methods and this is a huge advantage of ours; it means we can consider all the different options to cherry pick the right solution that suits the client and situation and it also means that we continue to be an interesting and exciting place to work.”