Our goal is to equip our people with the skills they need both now and for the future, enhancing social mobility and inspiring new talent to join the industry.
The built environment sector is facing a skills crisis as more people are currently leaving the industry than joining it. With increasing production levels planned over the next decade, we are working to ensure we have the right people and skills to help us deliver by promoting the industry and encouraging young people to consider the range of career choices. We are also placing significant importance on upskilling our employees in preparation for the increasing use of modern methods of construction and digital technology.
Actively champion careers in the built environment
We engage with young people, education providers and employers to transform perceptions of careers in the built environment. By 2030 we aim to have engaged with more than 5,000 young people, as we champion the industry and showcase the breadth of attractive opportunities available to people from all walks of life.
Upskilling our workforce, to support modernising industry
As we modernise production and digitalise other areas of our business, we are building a workforce with the flexible skillset needed for the future. We have already helped to design new apprenticeship standards to meet the needs of advanced manufacturing. By 2023 we will map the skills and competencies required, both now and for the future, across all disciplines in our business to ensure that we are training and upskilling our workforce for the future of the industry. This will include an increased focus on digital skills and ensuring competence in advance of emerging changes in regulatory requirements.
5% of people working on our sites and in our offices will be an apprentice, graduate or in formal training
We believe there is a job for everyone in the built environment sector, and offer several pathways for people of all backgrounds to join the business. We run apprenticeship and graduate programmes and support more than 500 apprentices across our construction sites every year. We are proud to be a member of The 5% Club, ensuring that at least 5% of our employees and people working on our sites are a graduate, apprentice or sponsored student, and we will continue to work with our supply chain to support early careers.
REACH apprentice Charlotte triumphs at London Councils' Apprenticeship Awards
Charlotte Hughes, an apprentice Logistics Manager with Berkeley, was named 'Best apprentice working in the supply chain or in schools' at London Councils' 2020 London Borough Apprenticeship Awards.
There's a built environment career for everyone. Hear from the stars of our new video, as they explain how they found a role that brings out the best in them.