Social Value: Education

Esh Group engages with the education system to help schools in our operational areas improve their careers provision and prepare students for their futures.

Introducing STEM careers

Esh Group has delivered its award-winning ‘Get into STEM’ programme to over 10,000 primary school students.

Enhancing Careers guidance

Through ‘Building My Skills’, we engage with schools in our operational areas to help enhance careers provision, improve employability skills and prepare students for life after education.

Providing experiences

Esh Group provides over 500 days of work experience each year, helping candidates to gain knowledge of the construction industry. All placements are advertised on our website. Visit our opportunities page to find out more.

Opening doors

Esh Group opens the doors to its sites and offices to over 600 visitors each year. Together with our site teams, we ensure visits are safe, interactive and insightful.

Developing Apprentices

Apprentices are an important the Esh Group culture - many of our senior management team began their careers as apprentices. We currently employ over 90 apprentices, equating to 10% of our workforce, and are proud members of the ‘5% club’.

Procuring local

Esh Group is committed to supporting local economies by supporting SMEs, buying local, employing local subcontractors and benchmarking payment performance.

12,500

Secondary school students engaged via ‘Building My Skills’ (2018/19)

60,000

Learner hours delivered by Esh Group staff and business partners (2018/19)

3,000

Primary school students engaged via ‘Get into STEM’ (2018)

100

Weeks of free resources loaned to primary schools (2018/19)

500

Visitors to our construction sites (2018)

We are very proud of our track record — our education programmes have won 10 national awards for inspiring the workforce of the future through ‘Get into STEM’, supporting the development of employability skills through ‘Building My Skills’, and providing work inspiration through ‘Site Visits’.

We are passionate about developing the workforce of the future and recognise the importance of inspiring the next generation by introducing them to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers early in the education process. With an impending skill gap, we looked at ways to bring the construction site into the classroom setting.

Get into STEM (GIS) is a Primary School project which engages Early Years and Key Stage 1 students in construction, through an interactive workshop and a construction-themed resource kit.

Our ‘STEM kits’ contain fun and educational resources which are commonly used in construction, including; foam bricks, measuring equipment, personal protective equipment, story books and materials. We use these resources to encourage active learning through job role play, building and measuring. The kits have been designed to align with the national curriculum for Early Years Foundation Studies and Key Stage One, targeting the seven ‘Learning and Development Outcomes’.

Esh Group’s trained STEM ambassadors transport the kits across our operational areas, delivering a 40-minute interactive workshop showcasing each of the activities within the kit. The kit is then loaned to the school for 2-weeks, free of charge, allowing school staff to use the resources to support the curriculum and free play. The success of the programme has led to collaborations with other sectors to develop water and police themed kits.

Get into STEM has won CECA’s National ‘Inspiring Education’ award, Business in the Community’s National Education Partnership award and the 2018 National STEM Learning’s ‘Inspirational STEM Education Project’. During the 2018/19 academic year, this programme will engage its 10,000th learner – an achievement we are immensely proud of.

Building My Skills (BMS) is a year-long employability skills, information and guidance programme which provides students with a rounded introduction to the world of work each year. It provides ‘good career guidance’ to 12,500 students, helping 76 schools obtain 4 ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’.

Delivered at no cost, BMS has received local and national recognition, including winning the Business in the Community’s National Education Award. Now in its 9th academic year, we are proud to work with 100 businesses partners across our operational regions.

We partner with schools for an academic year, engaging an entire year group who receive 5 x 1-hour employability guidance sessions. Each session is delivered by a business guest. They provide an insight to their sector and career path, local labour market information, share transferable employability skills and provide support with the completion of the student’s employability portfolio.

The employability portfolio includes ‘checkpoints’ on plotting a career path, managing finances, improving online appearance, producing a CV, understanding online applications and guidance on delivering a quality interview.

Students who attend all sessions, complete their employability portfolio and show outstanding effort are invited to an annual mock interview day, which can lead to work experience and employment opportunities.

Site visits are a great opportunity for individuals to gain an insight into the construction industry by viewing real-life examples on site. We work in partnership with our clients to advertise site visit opportunities to residents, community groups and students from local schools, colleges and universities.

Together with our site teams, we ensure site visits are safe, interactive and insightful. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions about the site, as well as jobs and roles within the construction industry, to ensure they get the most out of their visit.

All visitors complete a health and safety induction and are given a ‘toolbox talk’, which includes an overview of the project, key operations happening on the day and, most importantly, a health and safety briefing. Personal protective equipment is also issued and checked before starting the visit.

While on site, visitors are given an overview of the project by the site manager and a tour of the site via a pre-designated walkway, with opportunities to stop and view key operations and points of interest.

Employment

We are committed to creating employment opportunities and providing workplace insights.

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Engagement

We are committed to supporting communities through volunteering and grant making.

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Economy

We are committed to procuring local, employing a local supply chain and supporting SMEs.

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