Association of College Beacon Awards 2020/21

Breaking News! Our Partner The Manchester College, are through to the National final of the Association of College (AoC) Beacon Awards 2020/21 – Edge Award for Excellence in Real World Learning. The awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges. The aim of the awards is to demonstrate and promote the far-reaching impact of colleges on their students and the communities they serve. The commended and winning case studies will be used to increase understanding of colleges’ contribution to educational skills policy and economic and social development. The co-designed, co-delivered and co-assessed Btec level 3 in Architectural Construction and Engineering Scholarship is an exemplary model for bridging the gaps between academia and the construction industry. The 2-year programme offers selected candidates a 45-day work placement, a bursary and state of the art laptop and 5 bespoke modules, with the aim of getting and the students ready for the world of work. Reaching this stage is a fantastic achievement in its own right and something the college attributes to the outstanding support given by Kier as one of the first industry partners. We facilitated eight student placements, on site with our Birley Fields, SODA and 11 York Street projects before the pandemic and to guarantee all students were given the work placement opportunities the SODA project team hosted a virtual work experience week in December for all twelve students. The week involved a presentation and videos from all our professionals and a project challenge. Mentored by the SODA Site Managers, three student groups showcased their amazing design, commercial, planning, SHEA and project management skills gained...

Virtual workshops with The Sheffield College

Yesterday Donna Howard and Steven Fry had the pleasure of delivering two virtual workshops for the Kier Construction Academy students at The Sheffield college and these workshops are part of the colleges Employers Skills Academy Scheme. The Academy allows a hand-selected group of construction students to work closely with representatives from Kier, in order to develop their professional industry knowledge and to build on the practical experience they have gained in the classroom. Today’s sessions covered Site Management, Site Health & Safety and Construction Phase Plans and was delivered by Steven Fry. Students engaged really well during the session, asking some great questions throughout and as part of our sponsorship of their Construction Classroom further events will be...

Mold County Hall – Customer Satisfaction and CSR

10 / 10 Customer Satisfaction Score Following the completion of the demolition works at Mold County Hall we are delighted to have achieved a customer satisfaction score of 10 out of 10 across all areas Due to the building’s construction, (pre-cast load bearing panels) and its location to main roads and residential area, we engaged Kier Professional Services to assist us in our selection of a specialist contractor, to design our temporary works procedures and to input into our quality protocol plan as the building was crushed and levelled on site. Kate Allen, Engineering Manager said: “We worked closely with the construction team right from the start. This worked really well as the structural arrangement is quite unusual so straightforward methods of demolition had to be altered. We worked collaboratively with the demolition contractor to develop the method statement and construction methods so that we could take the building down safely. It’s on a steep hill adjacent to a main road into Mold so it was very important that the works were carried out in a controlled manner.” The project was extremely well received by Flintshire County Council and has helped strengthen our working relationship and our social value best practice activities are captured on the next page. Social Impact Best Practice – The Kier effect Working with Kier Property Services and our BIM Manager, Colin Bedlington, we have created an interactive learning resource that can be shared with multi schools covering many construction disciplines long after the demolition of Mold County Hall. History of Architecture Working with children to research the Brutalist movement in construction and the history...

Supply Chain Sustainability School Session

Colleagues from our Regional Building NW team recently delivered a live webinar to over 40 no. local Supply Chain members, in conjunction with our partners at the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS). The webinar was aimed at those Supply Chain partners who are at the early stages of their journey with the school, setting out the benefits of membership and the support and resources available. The SCSS is a free learning environment, aimed at upskilling those working in, or aspiring to work in, the built environment. It was launched to enable our supply chain to assess their own maturity in relation to sustainability and then to set development pathways to improve knowledge and performance. It organises a variety of workshops and networking events to inform and upskill the supply chain and is a free learning environment for the built environment supply chain. An interactive polling session was also facilitated during the session, the results of which will be used to help shape future workshops and learning pathways. We also heard a positive testimony from our valued Supply Chain partner, Story Decorators, who enrolled with the school earlier this year. Claire Story explained how their business has benefited greatly from the support and resources that have been made available to them. Commenting on the event, our Supply Chain Manager Neil Carson stated “Kier launched their new Environmental and Social Sustainability Frameworks earlier this year. Facilitating similar workshops and working more collaboratively with our Supply Chain and partners at the SCSS in the future will help us embed the new strategy and is critical to helping us achieve the purpose we...

School of Digital Arts – Second CCS Visit

In November, the School of Digital Arts project for the Manchester Metropolitan University had their second CCS visit where they scored a fantastic 45 out of 50, up by 4 points from their first visit. One notable aspect relative to the workforce is the benefits of employment as expressed by Keith the gateman. In his words prior to being employed by the site he felt that ‘his world was one big party and he hadn’t been invited’. The experience of working with the team has raised his self-esteem and he has turned his life...

CSR Update – Scotland

Since we have returned from lockdown in June life is now different with the way we are adjusting to life during a pandemic and working with new ways of using technology. Below is an update on some of our activities over the last few months in Scotland. August – Food Bank Donations With the impact of the pandemic the foodbanks across the country are seeing such a high demand for their services that at Kier we held various collections on our projects Burrell Renaissance, Citizens Theatre, Golden Jubilee Hospital and HIP, the collections went towards feeding 50+ families for a week within Scotland. September – Graduation for Project Search I attended the virtual graduation of the Project Search students at Strathclyde University where over the last year I was a mentor for one of the students, Gary, which involved weekly email catch up, mock interviews and site visits to the Wolfson Building October – Kicking On We invited KickinOn, a mental health organisation that was created during the lockdown, to give a talk to help and support people whose mental health has suffered. The organisation is focused on supporting good mental health through exercise. David & Brian attended the Burrell Renaissance and Citizens Theatre projects to give a talk to our staff and supply chain and provide extra information on support agencies available. November – Action for Children We had Eric & Jordan from Action for Children complete a two work placement at the Burrell Renaissance project. Both had to look at changing their career path due to the pandemic so this gave them the opportunity to find out...