Providing Career Opportunities for Disadvantaged Individuals
Sites should provide opportunities to help disadvantaged individuals.
This not only draws in a more diverse workforce but also shows the caring and considerate nature of the construction industry.
Below is an example of how a site provided career opportunities to cater for a wide-range of individuals:
- The site built upon their previous employment of a worker with autism, by developing structured work activities and putting in place a buddy system for support;
- Previously this worker had only been able to gain work experience on sponsored projects and had not previously had the opportunity of a ‘proper job’;
- As the site gained experience in accommodating the worker’s needs and working with his skills, they developed a mutually beneficial working relationship and approach which allowed them to offer him a full time job for the duration of the contract.
Monitor Report, F P McCann Ltd, Northern Ireland, August 2015