Leading public services provider Amey, has been giving people a helping hand into employment through a number of local and national programmes.
At Amey, diversity and inclusion go hand-in-hand. We believe in helping people into work and giving them every opportunity to develop their career.
Over the last year, our Facilities Management (FM) teams have been working with a number of partners to improve employability for disadvantaged groups.
In Bromley and Barnsley, our FM teams have been working with the local care system, where companies help young care leavers develop trade skills by providing expertise, support and guidance to help them achieve their career goals. Supporting this initiative gives our account teams the opportunity to help young people from the local area.
Across our FM prison operations, our Clean, Rehabilitative, Enabling and Decent (CRED) programme has been helping to give offenders an opportunity to break away from crime and start again when they are released. Prisoners working alongside facilities team are provided with a real-life working environment where they work to industry standards, as well as developing a vocational qualification.
In Liverpool, our FM team at our Support Services Centre have been supporting three students with learning disabilities (from local special school Abbot’s Lea) into work via a supported internship. During the internship, the students worked in the various service functions that support our Facilities Management operations. One of our interns, Saoirse Redmond, was awarded the 2019 Merseyside Young Woman of the Year award.
Jerry Moloney, Director of FM, Amey said: “Our diversity and inclusion culture is something we are very proud of at Amey. We are a major employer within the FM sector and with a growing skills gap within our industry, we recognise the need to support job creation. The programmes we have been running across our operations demonstrates our commitment to ensuring we are helping people into work and giving them every opportunity to develop their careers.”
Abbot’s Lea Headteacher, Mrs Ania Hildrey said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to partner with Amey. Throughout the programme, we have watched the three interns placed with Amey grow in confidence and become independent young adults. Hopefully what they have learnt at Amey will act as a stepping stone into the world of work and a successful career.”