This week, Kier has pledged its support to Crawley Borough Council’s Employment and Skills programme, by providing a range of employment and training opportunities to local residents throughout its time delivering the new Town Hall and commercial offices.

Committed to leaving lasting legacies in areas in which it builds, Kier, will work with the council’s employment support service, Employ Crawley, to engage with local residents, and host a number of community engagement events showcasing the fascinating roles available within the built environment.

Kier has pledged to:

  • Assist with the upskilling of construction students through programmes and activities with Crawley college to make the students work ready;
  • Provide T levels for local secondary schools through construction and administration programmes;
  • Offer mentoring and provide coaching and guidance to Crawley students, notably on CV skills, interview skills, maths lessons, green build;
  • Creating apprenticeship opportunities through its supply chain;
  • Delivering a wide range of industry and site based qualifications by its site teams and supply

Kier and its local supply chain, 30% of which live within a 20 mile radius of Crawley, will provide a range of opportunities to local students, including; apprenticeships, traineeships, work placements, training schemes and careers guidance workshops.

This builds on the foundations Kier has laid over the last eight months, when it first started construction of the Town Hall, with a number of local residents already on apprenticeship programmes in both operational and administrative roles, as well as graduate and industrial placements.

Louisa Finlay, Managing Director from Kier Regional Building Southern, said: “We are committed to leaving lasting legacies in areas in which we build and over the duration of this project, we will provide a range of job and training opportunities for the Crawley community. 

“Working collaboratively with Crawley Borough Council, we will look to inspire residents to consider a career within construction, by showcasing the innovation being used within the industry, the fascinating roles available and how they can help to shape the skylines of tomorrow.”

Jamie Howard, graduate site manager at Kier, said “As a graduate from Crawley, Kier has given me an amazing opportunity to work on a project so close to home, in which I can look back on for years to come with much satisfaction. Kier has really invested in my development and has exposed me to a wide range of opportunities and learning.”

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “This is a positive move for local residents, the council and Kier. While we may be facing economic difficulties, the council is committed to working with our partners to provide more job opportunities and build on the strengths and skills of our residents and empower them to pursue long and successful careers. 

For more information about the council’s Employment and Skills Programme, visit www.investcrawley.co.uk/employment-and-skills/employments-and-skills-programme

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