My name is Patrick Hughes and I am the Finance Trainee at Constructing Equality Ltd. Within the company we are all allowed a chance to write a blog on something that is relevant to our business. This gives Chrissi a break from writing the blog every week so I hope you find this interesting. As it was my turn to write the blog I thought I would give an insight on how I feel the company has been doing the last twelve months. It is now coming up to my second year anniversary at the business so I thought I would share my insight of how the business has impacted me.
It is has been a very successful year for Constructing Equality Ltd – we have finished delivering the pilot stage of CITB’s Be Fair Framework and we are now the first licensed provider for the launched Framework.
We have also had plenty of achievements within the business this year as both of the company’s trainees (Paul and I) have passed our first years at Higher education, myself for my HNC and Paul for his degree; these are achievements that both we and Constructing Equality Ltd are very proud of. Constructing Equality Ltd has always believed in developing our staff and offering them every chance they need to further their development as we grow our own talent for our future.
Constructing Equality Ltd are now looking forward to the growth and establishment of our new product line of Online Learning as it is picked up by the industry – we have been able to offer them another industry first as we specialise in Equality and Diversity as well as Construction so our Online Learning is specific, relevant and relatable. From my own personal experience of testing it throughout its development, I found it useful, informative and fun; something I thought equality and diversity could not be.
Our aim as a company is to make change within the industry and by having Online Learning products that will give employers and employees the knowledge that they need around Equality and Diversity, alongside CITB’s Be Fair Framework, in ways that understand their businesses and their industry, this aim seems more and more likely to be realised.
Whilst developing the industry specific Online Learning we have also been busy delivering face to face learning to companies all over the country. This has varied from ‘Women in Construction’ to ‘Professionalism in the Workplace’ for companies including ISG, Taylor Wimpey and Derbyshire County Council. All had positive responses that the work we do is valuable, supports their development, is worthwhile and indicated that others should have the benefit too. One of my favourite feedback comments from employee delegate was: “This has been the most enjoyable, informative course I have ever experienced and it has opened my eyes regarding other people”
We have recently attended Liverpool Pride 2014; here we were able to represent the Construction Industry with such companies and organisations as ISG, Morgan Sindall, Aecom, Space Architects and CITB. It was a fantastic day where everyone was able to engage with people and demonstrate support for the LGBT community by the construction industry.
The year has been very eventful and fulfilling – we are excited for what comes next and all the new exciting challenges we face to make such a powerful industry into a fair and equal place of work; it is a challenge we are relishing and we are hoping for the perfect outcome.
It is nice to know that the work you do actually helps other people and could potentially make them enjoy their work more.