Blog: Featured finalist - S-Skills for Highways (Kier Highways)

07 June 2018

People Development

Number of staff: 3,500

Company turnover: £750m

An innovative partnership between Surrey County Council (SCC) and Kier that brings vulnerable people furthest from employment into the workplace through a supported programme, S-Skills for Highways engages 30 candidates per year that are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) or those with special educational needs, with an intention of carrying out basic highway works in the community or to fill a role in an office environment.

SCC caseworkers work with potential participants to explore their career goals and discuss how they can make use of the skills and abilities that they have. Participants are then brought together to take part in a group activity and learn more about the programme.

Those who attend the programme benefit as they have the chance to earn a place on a training programme with the potential to gain a recognised qualification, a regular income and generates a sense of responsibility and pride, enabling the individual to realise their full potential.

The winner of the People Development category will be announced at the awards ceremony and gala dinner on the 28th of June at the Royal Lancaster London. For more information about the event or to book tickets, click here.


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