City Building drives awareness of construction careers with ethnic minority groups through trade taster sessions

A leading Scottish construction firm has organised a series of trade taster sessions to encourage young people from ethnic minorities to consider a career in construction.

City Building worked in partnership on the initiative with Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland (BEMIS), to engage with minority groups and encourage individuals to take part in the taster sessions. Other organisations involved included West of Scotland Regional Equality Service (WSREC), the largest of Scotland’s four Regional Equality Councils and the Youth Community Support Agency.

A second year apprentice lifts top Apprentice Award

Lisa Murphy (19), a second year apprentice painter and decorator with City Building (Glasgow) LLP, has won the Trades House of Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards 2016 (GMAA), now in its 10th year.

Lisa, who lives in Shettleston, Glasgow, was presented with a cheque for £1,000, an inscribed quaich and the GMAA Cup, which remains on display at the Trades Hall of Glasgow in Glassford Street, home to the Trades House and its 14 incorporated crafts.

2000 jobs and apprenticeships secured in new £2.7billion partnership

A new £2.7billion partnership between Scotland’s largest council and the country’s biggest social landlord will secure jobs for the next 30 years, it was announced today (25 February).

The joint venture between Glasgow City Council and Wheatley Group, parent company of Glasgow Housing Association, means Wheatley Group would take a 50% shareholding in City Building Glasgow, becoming a partner and joint owner. It will secure 2000 jobs and more than 2000 apprenticeships as well as sustaining employment for disabled workers at City Building, the council’s successful arm’s-length construction company that has returned £50m to the council to date and undertaken 1000 craft apprenticeships.

City Building receives gold standard for supporting youth employment

A leading Scottish construction firm has been presented with a prestigious employment accreditation for its efforts to prepare young people for the world of work.

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham, presented the City Building team with their Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold accreditation during a visit to the company’s award-winning training centre at Queenslie earlier this week.

The gold accreditation is the highest level any company can achieve in the IIYP framework, which aims to support organisations looking to recruit, retain and develop young people.

City Building apprentices help bring fashion exhibition to life

A team of young apprentices from one of Scotland’s leading construction firms has helped bring British designer, Paul Smith’s highly anticipated fashion and design exhibition to life.

Thirteen apprentices worked on customising space in The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture in Glasgow to accommodate “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith” a touring exhibition by the Design Museum, London, which launched in the city last week. The exhibition traces the designer’s development from the early 1970s until present day.

City Building recognised for supporting carers in its workforce

One of Glasgow’s leading construction firms is the first in its sector in Scotland to be named as a “Carer Positive Employer”.

City Building received the accolade by the Carer Positive initiative, which is operated by Carers Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, with the aim of making life better for those who have responsibilities to look after dependent family members.

The construction firm had to demonstrate an awareness of carers within its workforce and show what commitment it has made to support them through workplace policies and practices.
The support systems established by City Building includes its leave for dependents policy, flexible working policy, support from line managers, HR and occupational health and employee assistance.

Furnishing a fairer future

One of Scotland’s most successful supported businesses has made their commitment to fair employment official as they mark a milestone anniversary.

Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) has signed up to the Scottish Business Pledge – a commitment to paying staff the Living Wage and fulfilling other equality enablers.

The company manufactures quality furnishings for major contracts and has over 50% staff with disabilities, including Forces veterans.

City Building gives big to good causes this Christmas

Leading Scottish construction company, City Building, has presented two charities with £10,000 each following successful fundraising activities.

The cheques were presented to Cash for Kids and Kidney Research UK at Glasgow City Chambers following a charity golf day jointly organised by City Building, and the Lord Provost’s and International Office.

City Building selected Cash for Kids and Kidney Research UK to receive these funds as part of its community engagement programme allowing the firm to give something back to the city.