Better society

Sharing value with society starts on our doorstep, and requires a deep understanding of diverse local needs. This means focusing on young people and education, and skills and jobs; developing our diverse, inclusive workforce; and engaging communities through volunteering.

We create inclusive work and skills opportunities

By providing inclusive, inspiring employment opportunities and training, we build loyalty, motivation and add value to the job market. In our ambition to share value and create a legacy of vibrant communities, we stimulate local economies – this is becoming a key differentiator for our business.

We help young people shape their paths to employability

We champion schemes that are designed to unlock the talent of young people through targeted training and paid work. We continue to be the largest trainer and employer of construction apprenticeships in the UK.

“Doing an apprenticeship is very rewarding – you gain great experience, learn the required skills and have the opportunity to become very successful in your chosen career path.”

Jaden Waugh, female civil engineer apprentice, who has recently been presented with her NVQ level 2 Civil engineering certificate

2015 progress


1,700 placements in the UK

Employment outcomes

89% of apprentices in the UK have an employment outcome [2020 target: 95%]

Working together to build skills

Tackling sector skills shortages is not something we can do alone. We continue leading the way as one of BITC’s lead national supporters of Ready for Work. Supporting ex-offenders, the long-term unemployed, the homeless and ex-service personnel, we’ve now helped more than 400 people into permanent jobs over eight years and offered our 1,000th work placement.

“I thought I would never get a job. I was applying for hundreds of opportunities and my confidence was destroyed. Now, I can honestly say it’s one of the most enjoyable jobs I’ve ever had. I feel like I’ve just left school and I’m starting all over again.”

Steve, 400th ready for work client

Addressing the skills gap: it starts at school

In 2015, 283 employees gave 1,810 hours to Business Class, a BITC programme in schools for those at risk of being marginalised. We are one of eight companies funding and supporting Your Life, a national, government-backed campaign to encourage young people, especially girls, to study STEM subjects.

“Carillion has been doing a really good job of corporate social responsibility, like volunteering – that makes a really big contribution to the social fabric of this country.”

Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society

Engaged with over 400 schools

44,810 children reached

We’re a people business

It’s so important for us to attract talented people, keep them safe and develop their skills. Diversity broadens our skills, knowledge and experiences to reflect the customers and communities we work with.

Creating a diverse business

As with many companies in our sector, we need to achieve a better gender balance. So we’ve made changes to key policies, such as our maternity leave and pay structure, looked at our flexible working policy and supported our teams to upskill and promote female talent to the leadership development pool.

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015

43% of women in the Leadership Development programme

Progressive Aboriginal Relations Award, Carillion Canada

96% retention rate of maternity leave returners

Our target is zero. Zero accidents, zero incidents

Initiatives such as ONE Road to Safety and Health Like Safety are changing people’s attitudes to safety and health. We try to address the broad range of circumstances that might be affecting our employees outside work, such as caring duties, illness and personal stress. We’ve made a pledge to Time to Change, tackling perceptions around mental health.

2015 progress

51% reduction in All Accident Frequency Rate (AAFR) against a 2011 baseline[2020 target: 70%]