Arranged by our in-house Social Value Co-ordinator Bernard Rose, Roalco provides apprenticeships within our operational areas, in all trades, in addition to back office roles, by working with local schools and colleges. In the last five years, we have provided 12 apprenticeships and currently have 3 new apprenticeships beginning all drawn from the communities we work in.
Bernard Rose proactively engages with training providers and charitable organisations to arrange return to work programmes (NEETS). For instance, we have worked with Men in Sheds, a charity assisting older people and people with disabilities to learn new practical skills that can enable them to overcome barriers to employment, for instance by teaching ‘confidence with hardware’. In 2018, Bernard will be scaling up our support to the provision of mentoring by tradespeople, directly sponsored by the company.
Work placementsare offered to school-age children in back-office roles.Bernard and four of our managers are Construction Industry Training Board ambassadors, and deliver presentations within schools about the industry. Most recently, we have visited schools across Essex North London.
Resident Liaison Officers continually liaise with client estate managers and resident participation groups to organise ‘estate days’, where operational teams will work with residents to perform community improvement tasks such as litter-picking and external painting. Since 2015, we have successfully organised 24 estate days.
We procure a minimum of 70% of our goods and services from operational areas throughout the contracts we operate, and construct a supply chains of SMEs, who are offered favourable payment terms to encourage engagement.