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Community Engagement

As an organisation, one of our key priorities is to address the shortage of young people joining the construction workforce. 35,000 new workers are needed each year to meet the demands of the industry, and so supporting the above initiatives with our clients further strengthens the industry’s approach in encouraging the younger generation to consider a career in construction.

Nicole has been a CITB Construction Ambassador since 2008, having engaged with thousands of students of all ages, promoting the industry as the career of choice. Raising the profile of the sector at school level is key to increasing those who enter construction after leaving school. Nicole is also passionate about encouraging more women to take up careers within construction, as statistically only 11% of the current workforce being females, 1% of that being operatives on site. With females making up half of the UK’s population, it is becoming increasingly important that the construction sector – an industry that represents 6.5% of the UK’s economic output – should reflect this statistic at all levels and skillsets.

For Sphere, alongside helping to protect the construction workforce of the future by engaging with the younger generation, we are also focussing on where we can find additional entrants to the construction skills sector, and help address the skills shortage in the shorter term. To do this, we are working with ex-offenders and the homeless, helping create opportunity and entry into the industry via several charitable organisations such as the Wallich, BOSS Project, and the School of Hard Knocks. Helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who may not have realised the opportunities available to them, has become an increasing area of focus for Sphere Solutions.

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Building Better Futures

Most businesses work on the premise of continued growth and success, and whilst it’s always good to aspire to do better, we also have a responsibility to make sure that some of our reinvestment is within our local communities. Whether that local community is geographical or part of an industry or collective, reinvesting our time, skills, and money to contribute to our society as a whole can only be a great thing.

At Sphere Solutions, we want to make sure we can make a difference to our local communities by providing genuine opportunities to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are a recruitment specialist who has been trading for over 16 years. In that time, we have provided recruitment solutions to almost 900 construction companies, filled around 19000 vacancies, and placed around 8500 individuals into construction roles at all levels.

Recently, there have been several news articles about a skills shortage within the construction industry, and the importance of encouraging a fresh wave of talent into the construction sector as quickly as possible.

We believe we have the platform and experience to assist the construction sector AND our local communities, by helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds and situations into the workplace (or site!), learning new skills along the way, and helping to replenish our talent pools.

We’ll be honest, this project is in the early stages and we know we’ve got a lot to learn, and we at Sphere are committed to this initiative for the long term. But our vision and commitment is unequivocally clear – we’re out to Build Better Futures!

Nicole Barnes as our Community Engagement Manager who brings with her 15 years of experience, working for construction firms and supporting them in delivering social value. With Nicole on board, we are able to drive forward our Build Better Futures initiative into the future.

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