Name of Company:Lovell Partnership
Programme Name:Partnership in Action
Staff in London:140
Lovell established a partnership with the London Borough of Enfield in 2001, to promote construction as a career path for young people in the borough. Ten students from three schools are chosen to complete five projects throughout the school year. The construction experience enables young people to develop skills such as team work, self-management, communication and literacy, problem solving and customer awareness.
Partnership in Action also works with primary and special needs schools to promote awareness of the dangers of construction sites. Activities include supervised site visits, craft workshops, health and safety poster design and activities utilising personal protective equipment.
The project was originally selected to raise the profile and the need for students to consider the construction industry as a possible career path. As the construction industry is male dominated, Lovell began by engaging two girls' schools.
Lovell now work primarily with three schools and each year, select ten students from each school to work on five distinct projects. All dates are pre-set at the beginning of the school year to ensure relevant staff are available.
Twenty staff members take an active role in the programme; in total Lovell staff contribute over 200 days to the project.
Since the programme's launch over 6,000 students have received 350 days training. The feedback by students in the last two years have shown that 82 per cent reported a better understanding of construction and 75 per cent said that the programme has helped them follow instructions and meet deadlines.
"I appreciate the high level of staff time and commitment involved in this programme"
Chris Gill, Chairman, Enfield Education Business Partnership