National Careers Week

Park Hill site visits Recently we held numerous site visits at our Park Hill flats project. The visits have included students from Bradway primary school, Meadowhead secondary school and students from Sheffield Hallam University. During the visits, the team provided a detailed insight in to the design of the iconic building and discussed any issues that the team have worked to overcome. We then invited students to take a tour of the building, where we highlighted what had been discussed during the presentation and finally visiting the show flat to give the visitors an idea of what a finished apartment will look like. Mock interview sessions We have continued our engagement with both NYBEP and Sheffield City Region Enterprise Advisor Network. where we were asked to support five schools in Bradford and two schools in Sheffield with the delivery of mock interviews. We were able to provide the students with some great feedback and give some tips for future interviews. The sessions were successful, and we received some great feedback from students and from NYBEP: • 94% felt that their confidence and self-belief had improved • 92% are more motivated to do well in school • 92% are more aware of their own skills and aspirations • 100% felt they better understood that a positive attitude is needed to succeed • 97% felt their communication skills had improved • 90% felt they are now more prepared for the world of work “Firstly, can I thank you for your contribution to our annual Y11 Business Day. Your help makes a massive difference to our students’ Y11 experience and preparation for...

RICS Social Impact Awards 2020

We are delighted to confirm that our project Astrea Academy in Sheffield has been shortlisted for the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020 in the Education category. https://www.rics.org/uk/training-events/rics-awards/ These awards are the only nationally recognised awards programme that show the impact our built environment has on people’s lives. They highlight excellence at a regional and national level, identifying the projects making a positive difference. The category winners and Project of the Year winner will be announced at the awards on the 5th June 2020. Well done to everyone involved with this...

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

Last week saw National Apprenticeship Week and we attended various events throughout the course of the week. The first event was the Leeds Apprenticeship Fair – an annual event which takes place at the Leeds Direct Arena. During the evening we saw over 6400 children and parents pass through the doors. We had Rhianna on hand to discuss her apprenticeship journey with those that showed interest in the scheme with Kier. Also attending was Sarah Topping, Claire Straughan from the North East and Angela Johnson from Housing Maintenance, who was inundated with people wanting to become electricians. The second event of the week, we headed up to Bradford to support NYBEP delivering the ‘Trading Game’ activity at Beckfoot Upper Heaton School. The ‘Trading Game’ is a fun and engaging enterprise challenge designed to give students a glimpse into the stock market while promoting core values such as problem solving and team work. The year 8 students were tasked with buying and selling shares and whoever made the most profit at the end of the event were the winners. Myself, Sarah Topping and Claire Straughan attended and we were given the role of Stockbrokers, so we were buying and selling the shares to the students. A very interesting morning, to which we learnt a lot as well! The third and final event of the week was the Careers Fair at Horizon Academy in Barnsley where we saw a range of students from different year groups following their parents...

Park Hill Flats – Time Capsule Burial and Show Flat

On 12 December 2019, we held a time capsule event at Park Hill Flats in Sheffield. The time capsule was filled in June, and contains items from Kier, Alumno, Whittam Cox and S1 Artspace and had been left unsealed so other objects could be added. The event on was attended by Alumno, Places for People, and Whittam Cox Architects, and the capsule was buried near one of Park Hill’s retaining walls. Representatives from Alumno, Places for People and Whittam Cox Architects were also given a site visit with a tour of the new show flat. We are aiming to complete Park Hill for the new student intake September 2020, with site works currently progressing well. Recently the first show unit was completed and as the scaffold is starting to be removed, the external facade of the building is being...

CSR Overview

Sheffield Hallam University Site Visits Recently we held site visits for 1st year students from Sheffield Hallam at two of our Sheffield projects, Park Hill Flats and PET-MRI. At Park Hill, Liz Maw provided a detailed insight in to the design of the iconic building and discussed any issues that the team have worked to overcome. We then invited students to take a tour of the building, where Liz highlighted what had been discussed in the presentation. Over at The Royal Hallamshire Hospital on the PET-MRI facility, we had 1st year Construction Project Management students. Stuart Clayburn provided an insight in to the project, showing the students how the project started out, and highlighting how the project has progressed. He also provided an insight into his own journey in to the industry and how the Construction Project Management course supported him in his journey. He also gave a fantastic tour of the project for the students which got the students talking with some really interesting questions being asked. Employer Networking session Donna Howard, CSR Manager, was asked to take part in an employer networking session at Fir Vale School in Sheffield. This session was to educate and inform students about our business, the routes into the construction industry and highlight what type of skills employers usually look for in potential employees. The sessions were run in a group ‘speed dating’ style, giving employers the chance to move around different tables, speaking with various students throughout the activity. Mock interview session in Bradford We have continued our engagement with NYBEP and local schools in Bradford and we were asked to...

Shaping Your World Plaque at Dewsbury Learning Quarter

Last week we visited our Dewsbury Learning Quarter project, now known as The Springfield Centre, to unveil the Shaping Your World plaque which is part of the Kier initiative to get 11-15 year olds into the Built Environment. The built environment needs 400,000 new recruits each year. People are the life blood of our industry, not bricks and mortar. Without people, we cannot build and maintain the homes, hospitals, schools, roads, rail lines, bridges, airports, power plants, offices, shops, factories and vast array of other buildings and infrastructure that our economy and communities need to function. But drawing a new generation of talent (specifically older Generation Z 11-15yr olds) into an industry that our research report shows is still misperceived as ‘muddy’ ‘manual’ ‘male dominated’ and ‘non-academic’ is a fundamental challenge and one that threatens £90bn of UK GDP. Kirkless College Principal, Marie Gilluley, said: “We are very proud of the great success of our Springfield Sixth Form Centre. The centre’s convenient location and excellent facilities are opening up learning opportunities to the wider community and transforming learning and lives in Dewsbury and we are delighted to embrace Kier’s initiative to attract more people into the Built...