Enfield-based construction equipment hire outfit, Mr Plant Hire was delighted to read about the new initiative from Kier, one of the UK’s leading property, residential, construction and services group to excite more children about the wide range of career opportunities in the construction industry today.
Kier commissioned a survey of 2,000 parents, teachers and careers advisors of children aged 12-18 in the UK state education sector. It found that two thirds of teachers and careers advisors held negative views of the construction industry as a route for their students to pursue and 73% of parents do not want their children to even consider a career in the sector.
More than 80% of parents did not know it was possible for big construction companies to pay for their children’s university degree courses.
In a bid to change perceptions, Kier is pledging 1% of its workforce – 200 people – to become Ambassadors for the construction industry, working with schools and colleges across the UK. The plan is to get in front of at least 10,000 pupils in the first 12 months, to inspire them to think about construction’s opportunities.
Kier chief executive Haydn Mursell said: “With an ageing workforce, uncertainty around Brexit and an ambitious pipeline of construction, housing and wider infrastructure projects, which equates to £90bn of UK GDP delivery and creates a demand for circa 400,000 new recruits per annum, it is imperative that we attract new talent into our industry.
“We have invested in comprehensive resource to train and develop new talent, we offer a vast array of roles, great scope and support for diversity and career progression, and we offer the chance to leave a lasting legacy and make a real contribution to local communities, as well as UK GDP. But we also have an image crisis, based on out of date perceptions and advice. We cannot leave this to schools, councils or the government alone to resolve. Business is best placed to explain itself, its employment offering and its skills and training needs.
He urged other companies to follow his lead. “If every company in the FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 followed the 1% pledge as part of their commitment to employment and skills, we could create a powerful network of real world advisors, to inform and inspire the next generation,” he said.
Kier has also set up a dedicated careers website, shapingyourworld.co.uk
Mr Plant Hire takes up industry opportunities
Today, Mr Plant Hire employs 55 staff in Enfield, split across their two divisions – HQ and its London Regional Hire and Training Centre. It has customers across the construction and electrical industries supplying construction equipment hire, M&E hire, powered access hire and heating, cooling and drying equipment. Its hire range includes large and small machinery down to power and hand tools.
Mr Plant Hire have recently expanded its operations and plans to finish building the new 1.1 acre site by the end of 2017, with further growth on the horizon as the firm plans to increase its geographical reach.
To find out more about how Mr Plant Hire can improve your plant hire buying, call 0844-55 55 551 or visit www.mrplanthire.co.uk