Kier Group has been recognised for its commitment to improving the employment chances of young people leaving care.
Awarded by the Catch22 National Care Advisory Service, the From Care2Work Quality Mark was presented to just nine organisations, with Kier being one of only three private sector businesses to be recognised.
The Quality Mark demonstrates an organisation’s dedication to providing work opportunities that are supportive and effectively monitored, ensuring a quality employability experience for care leavers.
Kier has worked with From Care2Work since the programme started. The company’s support for care leavers is part of its long-term partnerships with local authorities.
Kier head of corporate responsibility Teresa Jolley, who oversees Kier’s work with care leavers, said: “We invest a significant amount of time in supporting our local authority clients with their work with young people and it’s fantastic to have that commitment recognised by this national Quality Mark.
“At Kier we take the concept of corporate parenting very seriously and we understand how valuable the opportunity to develop in a supportive environment can be to young people.
“The fact that young care leavers themselves have been involved in deciding the criteria is particularly valuable to us, as it shows that we really are going in the right direction with the support that we provide.
“We strongly believe in the importance of instilling in young people the confidence to take on challenges and inspire them to believe in their ability to aim higher.”