Social Value: Engagement
As an industry leader in delivering Social Value, Esh Group understands the positive impact our operations have in the local community.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Esh Group is committed to supporting local economies by supporting SMEs, buying local, employing local subcontractors and benchmarking payment performance.
Granted to good causes near our sites
Group profits transferred to Esh Group’s Charitable Trust
Staff volunteering hours donated per year
Students engaged via the ‘Stay Safe’ safety campaign
Different local authorities which have benefited from grant support
While delivering construction schemes which improve the local area, we do everything we can to also support those who live near our sites. This includes providing staff volunteering time, financial support to good causes through the Esh Community Support Fund, and helping young people appreciate the dangers of construction through our ‘Stay Safe’ campaign.
The Esh Community Support Fund provides support to community groups and voluntary organisations that are charitable, educational, philanthropic or benevolent in purpose, are located within close proximity of a current or proposed Esh Construction development and which provide benefit to the local community.
It is our aim to have at least one good cause for every major scheme we deliver. Esh Group has donated over £1m to good causes since 1999.
The typical grant award is between £1,000 and £3,000. Completed grant applications are considered by a grant-awarding panel, which meets regularly throughout the year. We ask all applicants to allow up to 12 weeks for a decision to be made. The areas of benefit that the Esh Community Support Fund will award will change periodically to mirror our operational areas. Details of which geographical areas are eligible can be found on the grant guidelines.
Apply here: Grant applications are only accepted online on the approved form. A link to the form can be found here.
The Fund comes from a variety of sources, including charitable endowments, contributions from Esh Group and support from the County Durham Community Foundation. The Esh Community Support Fund is administered by the County Durham Community Foundation.
Further details about the grant criteria and guidelines can be found here — please do read this before starting your application. If you require further assistance with the grant application process, please contact the County Durham Community Foundation either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 0191 378 6340 and ask to speak to the staff member responsible for the Esh Community Support Fund.
We work in a diverse range of communities all of which have of their own unique set of needs and initiatives. It does not matter how big or small the project is; if it’s going to make a real difference to area near our construction projects – we lend support through volunteering.
Volunteering opportunities are commited at tender stage, agreed with our clients and, once on site, organised by our social value team. Most volunteering is delivered in 1-day, with a small cash budget, by 4 members of Esh Group staff and 1 Esh Construction expert relevant to the activity. We deliver between 500-1,000 hours over volunteering time each year.
We have been involved with a wide range of projects, from repairs and improvements to buildings, the removal of graffiti and litter from public spaces, stewarding at events such as Park Run, painting community centres and developing communal gardens.
We deliver ‘Stay Safe’ presentations in primary schools local to the areas we are working, with the aim to reduce incidents and anti-social behaviour around our construction sites and build stronger relationships with the local community.
Presentations are delivered by a member of our Social Value team and are supported by a member of the site management team to provide local project knowledge.
The presentation introduces students to the works we are undertaking, the key dangers of construction sites and ways to stay safe, with the help of our mascot Dudley the Elephant. We offer students the opportunity to take part in a site safety poster competition, with the best posters being displayed on our site hoarding.
Students who design a winning poster receive a prize and a visit to a site as a reward for their contribution.
We are committed to creating employment opportunities and providing workplace insights.
We are committed to inspiring our future workforce, changing perceptions and improving employability skills.
We are committed to procuring local, employing a local supply chain and supporting SMEs.