Higgins Partnerships has been announced as a regional finalist in the East of England National Apprenticeship Awards 2021.
The awards, now in their 18th year, showcase the diverse range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships, and the success stories of those that have embraced apprenticeships with zest.
Steve Leakey, Managing Director said, “We are delighted to be announced as regional finalists for the East of England National Apprenticeship Awards. Apprentices are a valuable part of our business, and we are committed to employing apprentices within the local labour market and providing apprenticeships for those who may not who may not have been given opportunities previously. As an organisation we continuously invest in our people, offering training and development programmes and our percentage of long-service employees reflects our commitment to our staff.”
As well as working with learning and training providers such as Ixion, LSBU, and Harrow and Uxbridge College to source apprentices Higgins also works with other organisations such as Novus, Mind the Gap, Bounceback and Beam to support offenders, ex-offenders and homeless people into apprenticeship opportunities and given them a second chance.
The construction industry is known for being male dominated and predominately white British so Higgins is striving to change this through promoting apprenticeship opportunities with Women into Construction and Black Professionals in Construction. Working with organisations like these ensures Higgins deliver on diversity and inclusivity which is a significant benefit to employees, partners, customers and clients.
Higgins Partnerships has also been part of the Women into Construction trailblazer Moving on Up programme which offers training, coaching and mentoring for women in business, and at leadership level to look at breaking down barriers for women progressing into construction apprenticeships and careers.