12 September 2014
Gold in the CITB Pride of Construction awards
Laing O’Rourke was held in esteemed company on Wednesday evening [10 September] at CITB’s Pride of Construction awards ceremony winning a Gold Award in the Outstanding Employer (large) category.
Accepting the award Caroline Blackman, Director of Sustainability said: “We are thrilled to receive this award on such a momentous and historic night for CITB and the construction industry. We are keenly aware that to build our business we need to invest in our workforce. Apprenticeships and a strong ethos of equal opportunity are key contributors to our success.”
Laing O’Rourke’s award was made by the judges in recognition of its commitment to apprenticeships; fairness, inclusion and respect and its approach to embedding health and safety across the workforce.
In 2009 Laing O’Rourke, in partnership with CITB, launched its Apprentice + scheme, a four year programme which offers participants a wider choice of careers. Most recently, Laing O’Rourke has taken a lead role to deliver the government’s Trailblazers initiative which gives businesses the opportunity to develop programmes that address future skills requirements. Up to five apprenticeships are being developed through the Trailblazers initiative two of which include construction assembly technician and lifting technician.
Adrian Belton, CEO of CITB said: “We are delighted to recognise Laing O’Rourke’s hard work as an outstanding construction employer. The judges identified their dedication to apprenticeships and their workforce as key factors in their success.”
The Outstanding Employer (large) category was one of seven CITB gold awards which were decided by an industry judging panel that included CITB chairman, James Wates and the government’s chief construction adviser, Peter Hansford. The awards celebrate the apprentices, employers and strategic partners most dedicated to the skills and training agenda and were launched this year to celebrate CITB’s 50th anniversary. Individuals and companies were recognised for the significant contributions that they have made to the sector.
Laing O’Rourke was also shortlisted in the Outstanding National Skills Academy for Construction Contribution to Supply Chain Engagement category for the Salford and Wigan Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.
CITB’s lifetime achievement award went to Sir Michael Latham, chairman of CITB between 2002 and 2010 and author of the 1994 Latham Report into the construction industry.
The awards, attended by more than 700 people from across the sector, were hosted by television presenter and comedian Alexander Armstrong and held at Old Billingsgate, London.
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