Name of Company:Purdy
Programme Name:Purdy Futures
Staff in London:130

Purdy, a small business, delivers Purdy Futures which is focused on supporting disadvantaged young people into sustainable careers within the building services sector. Purdy works with schools to raise awareness of careers in the industry, offering 20 work experience placements per year and recruiting on average 8-10 apprentices per year.

Unlike many competitors, Purdy directly employs their engineers rather than using sub-contracting. Purdy Futures was created by the senior management team as a way to recruit employees of the future that are able to deliver a high quality service to their customers. Over the past five years the programme has supported over 100 work experience placements and recruited over 50 apprentices.

Purdy estimates a saving of around 20% compared to competitors that use sub-contractors and their low staff turnover rate (2-3%) is a testament to the substantial investment in their staff.