A fundamental pillar of our CSR policy is always to contribute to the communities in which we work through job creation, training, apprenticeship opportunities, mentoring and the use of local supplier and labour.
The Eric Wright Group has taken a unique stance in supporting skills and training provision with special emphasis on the North West, young disadvantaged people and the construction industry. Our unique approach stems from the independent ownership profile of the group and our culture of lasting commitment to social issues. Unlike our competitors, we aspire to more than simply accessing grant funding to provide a feedstock of skills for our supply chain.
We consistently provide a broad legacy of enhanced skills, motivation and social mobility in the areas we serve.
Blackpool Build Up
A LEGI funded initiative supported by Blackpool Fylde and Wyre College, provides training and employment opportunities for the long term unemployed. EWC have worked with Blackpool Build Up for over 14 months and placed more than 35 people in employment.
Working with young people and adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, Eric Wright Facilities Management has taken on students from SEN schools to shadow staff in jobs including grounds and garden maintenance and catering.
As private sector partner in many public partnerships, EWC has developed a standard set of KPIs across its business activities. A specific KPI measurement is set for work; training and apprenticeships including a proportion of contract spend to be procured locally.
We have set up a partnership between the North West's largest Apprenticeships provider, Skills Solutions, and Eric Wright Construction. Skills Solutions is an Apprenticeship Training Provider, which helps employers source, arrange and host apprentices. As the host partner, Eric Wright Construction engages with the subcontractors on our projects and encourages them to commit to periods of employment for apprentices to give them the experience they need.
Skills Solutions is the largest work based learning provider in Greater Manchester and the largest provider of Apprenticeships in the North West. They currently work with over 1,200 employers directly generating Apprenticeship vacancies and currently look after over 2,500 learners on a variety of Apprenticeship programmes.
The training provides apprentices with essential construction trade skills including joinery, plastering, bricklaying, painting and decorating, plumbing and roofing, all of which lie at the heart of the industry.
We work with Recycling Lives (www.recyclinglives.org), a Preston based social enterprise not for profit organisation, which helps vulnerable people to work their way back to independent living. The social welfare charity is supported by its commercial recycling business - a Queen’s Award-winning recycler with over forty years experience in the recycling and waste management industry. By working with Recycling Lives we actively sustain their charity and help to create life changing opportunities for disadvantaged members of the local community by offering training and work experience.
The Eric Wright Group is committed to offering added value to the communities in which we work and therefore aim to engage with the local community through the following methods;
- Launch meeting – initial presentation to the local community setting out key dates and time scales, operational restrictions, site access and egress and general site issues that may raise concerns to local residents. There would also be an opportunity for questions and answers
- Produce a quarterly site newsletter, which would be distributed to all the households within a quarter mile radius of the site. The newsletter would include site contact details, up to date information and photographs of site development and any local initiatives taking place as part of the development, such as community work
- Opportunities to visit site for Local Schools / Universities
- Organising members of the EWG supply chain to deliver free training to local schools / universities