As a business Construction Impact Framework (CIF) endeavours to thread social value through every action and transaction; as such, in March this year CIF made a conscious decision to launch our latest framework at Blackburne House in Liverpool. Blackburne House is an educational college that uses education as tool to combat poverty; each time a business uses the facilities they are supporting the education of those who are educating themselves for a better life for themselves and their families.
The launch, which was attended by construction professionals from across the region, was different in that the event had a social impact theme threaded throughout. We opened our event with Sarah Hanlon from Blackburne House who was able to engage with our regional Supply Partners and explain how Blackburne House operates.
As a result of the launch Sarah was subsequently invited to meet with Andrew Moxham and John Holmes from the James Mercer Group who engaged with two socially excluded young people, employing them initially on a fully paid traineeship. With support from the team at the James Mercer Group both of the young people applied themselves and have now secured full-time, permanent work with the James Mercer Group. The dedication and commitment from an employer who chooses to employ from a socially excluded group goes beyond the offer of a mainstream job opportunity and the James Mercer Group have been instrumental in changing the lives of both young men.
Sara Lawton, Director. CIF stated “We live in a world of quick wins but our team understands that a long-term sustainable approach to social value is key to long-term social impact, we feel lucky to have Supply Partners who understand our ethos and are supporting us on our journey”.
Blackburne House Group