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SUSTAINABILITY


EDUCATING FOR THE FUTURE


Whilst traditionally sustainability is associated with saving the environment for the next generation, David Hurcomb, NG Bailey Chief Executive, is more concerned with making sure that they have a chance to make a better life for themselves with sustainable employment opportunities.


NG Bailey has long been synonymous with environmental sustainability, not only in our approach to M&E projects but in how we manage and maintain buildings on behalf of our customers and end-users.


Clearly, environmental sustainability is an important consideration – and measure – within any FM business, but we firmly believe sustainability goes well beyond environmental responsibilities.


CREATING


OPPORTUNITIES One of our fundamental responsibilities business-wide is to create sustainable employment opportunities. We want to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to have rewarding, long- term and fulfilling careers in our industry and we are regularly listed as a top employer for school leavers and apprentices for this very reason.


Apprenticeships are one way for us to achieve a level of sustainability and we are very proud of our award- winning apprenticeship scheme. It has already helped more than 5,500 young people into sustainable careers, and in recent years we have developed the programme beyond the traditional mechanical, electrical and plumbing skills and this is something we will continue to focus on.


We did some research earlier this year among more than 500 UK-wide apprentices aged 16-21 and found


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that only 24% said their school had been their primary source of information on apprenticeship schemes. A quarter said that despite receiving basic advice about their career options in school, apprenticeships were not even mentioned.


BUILDING LINKS If we are to create sustainable career


opportunities in our industry for young people, there needs to be better links to the workplace, and vocational choices for pupils should be treated as seriously as academic options.


“APPRENTICESHIPS CAN CLOSE


SKILLS GAPS AND ENSURE WE ALL


HAVE SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES.”


This approach has to start in schools. We launched our Inspire programme last year, aiming to get thousands of kids involved in projects that we hope will demonstrate the breadth of career options available across FM, construction and IT services. We want, and need, them to be motivated in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths


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