Building our skills
A skilled workforce supported by a strong education and skills system will drive social mobility. It will also promote inclusion and provide good work for all.
We want to contribute to the creation of a fair society and tackle the digital skill shortage and in-work poverty. We'll ensure our people get the right investment in skills to have successful and sustainable careers.
What we’re aiming for
We’ve already set up several initiatives to help us achieve this across the business. By 2025, we hope to:
- Invest in employee’s skills for the future
- Build a pipeline of core skills through apprenticeships and internships
- Have a positive impact on local communities
- Increase our diversity by supporting those with different social and economic backgrounds
- Engage more local communities through schools and colleges
- Grow local economies by developing local skills
What activities are we supporting?
We're supporting a range of activities and initiatives to help us meet these aims:
Greater London Authority Design Lab
Young black men experience much higher unemployment compared to other groups.
We’re helping to tackle this by taking part in the Greater London Authority’s (GLA’s) Workforce Integration Network Design Lab programme.
As part of the 12-month programme, which launched in January 2021, we’re committed to several aims including:
- Introducing processes to remove barriers to recruitment
- Creating opportunities to access training and learning
- Sharing with our supply chain the benefits of employing young black men
Our support of the 10,000 Black Interns campaign, and our shared apprenticeship scheme will also pay an important part in our role in the programme.
10,000 Black Interns
As part of this campaign, businesses offer paid work experience to young Black people to help improve their prospects.
Employers campaigning for greater skills training, through ‘earn and learn’ job opportunities. Members aim to achieve 5% of their workforce. in 'earn and learn' positions within five years of joining the club.
Ban the Box
This is a campaign to increase opportunities for people with convictions to compete for jobs. It is part of creating fair access to employment and to encourage 'fair chance recruitment'.
Care Leavers Covenant
We’ve signed up to this promise to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25.
We’re supporting the Government’s Kickstart scheme, aimed at helping young people into work.
London Collaboration Progression (LPC)
We’re working with LPC, to support the creation of good-quality apprenticeships in the capital and have pledged some of our unspent apprenticeship levy funds to their Reskilling the Recovery campaign.
Shared Apprenticeship Scheme
We’re preparing to launch a shared apprenticeship scheme, believed to be the first of its kind within the UK’s utility sector.
The scheme will offer people with an interest in working in the water sector, the chance to learn and get involved in infrastructure projects while gaining a nationally recognised qualification.
We're currently finalising the details of the scheme and the application process will start soon.
Skills Builder Framework
We’re working with SBF to ensure that everyone can build the essential skills, experiences, and aspirations to succeed.
Social Mobility Foundation (SMF)
This is a charity which helps 16-17-year olds who are unable to get support from their schools or families.
Social Mobility Pledge (SMP)
The SMP supports organisations to boost opportunity and social mobility. There are three key elements, outreach, access, and recruitment.
Sector Work based Academy (SWAP)
The SWAP helps those receiving unemployment benefits to apply for jobs in a different area of work.
Bring your skills
To help us succeed, we need a range of skills and capabilities from all backgrounds. If you’re interested in joining the team, take a look at our latest vacancies.