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Health and safety, including occupational health, is an ongoing priority for the construction industry.
Our Occupational Health Research Award of £25,000 is given annually. This is awarded to a UK research institution in support of occupational health research that aims to make a significant difference to construction workers. See who won our Occupational Health Research Award last year.
As an active supporter of health and safety initiatives, our aim is to support a safer, healthier construction sector.
Our Mowlem Award is given on an annual basis. The £20,000 award is an annual scholarship given to organisations that demonstrate achievements in training, or the promotion of, health and safety in construction. It furthers the work of the RI Beck Trust – a charity set up in 1983 by the construction company, Mowlem. The RI Beck Trust was pleased to extend its scope and join with B&CE’s Charitable Trust to support their shared aims and objectives. Read more about this year’s winners.
The Trust works in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including Trade Unions and construction Federations. We have also supported organisations including Mesothelioma UK, London Hazards, National Federation of Builders, West Midlands Hazards Trust and Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team.
"The financial support from B&CE is essential in helping us provide evidence-based guidance for the industry on the essential topic of addressing the occupational health management challenges for smaller organisations. Much good practice is developing amongst the larger organisations and projects, but it will only really have impact when it is appropriated by the very large number of SMEs working in construction." Alistair Gibb, Professor of Construction Engineering Management at Loughborough University – 2016 Mowlem Award winners
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Name: Lorraine Bliss, Chief Executive
Mowlem Award: 2017 winners
“St-Eds registered as a charity in 1965, initially as an accommodation project. In 2012, the charity changed direction – focusing on prevention and opening a centre offering accredited vocational training, predominately in construction. St-Eds now offers motor trade maintenance, catering, hair and beauty and therapeutic art, along with functional skills maths and English. We are recognised for our ability to reach out to young people, who often come from disadvantaged or dysfunctional backgrounds, and who struggle in mainstream education. With a welfare team on site headed up by a qualified Social Worker, we are also able to assist with emotional and social well-being issues.
St-Eds is matrix accredited (a quality standard for support services) and offers career information and guidance to all students. We also offer employability days – hosted by corporate companies who support us with technical advice, materials and most importantly, work experience opportunities for our young people.”
“St-Eds is honoured to have won the Mowlem Award and to be associated with the B&CE Charitable Trust. This has been a tremendous boost for our organisation. Giving us the confidence and encouragement to realise that even when the going gets tough, the work that we do inspires and changes so many young people’s lives.”
“The funding will allow us to develop our centre further – by creating two more classrooms, installing more computers, and buying software, iPads and other resources for our students.
It will also ensure that we can offer better facilities, opportunities and access to meaningful accredited trade-related courses to more young people, as well as work experience, apprenticeships and employment. The funding will also enable students to obtain their CSCS Health and Safety cards – giving them access to an industry that is desperately short of up and coming skilled craftsmen and young people.”
“It’s so refreshing not to face red tape and bureaucracy when applying for a grant! The Mowlem Award application process was very clear and straightforward. Nicola and her team at the Charitable Trust have been amazing, and we can’t thank them enough.”
Name: Soo Brizell-Hogg, Head of Employability Mowlem Award: 2015 award winner
“Shekinah is a charity that has been supporting vulnerable people across Plymouth and Torbay for over 20 years with recovery from homelessness, drug addiction alongside ex-offenders. We help people gain control and purpose in their lives. We offer early intervention support and services through our drop-in centre and provide support for every individual to achieve the goals they want including accommodation, training, employment, health and wellbeing.
We’re also an accredited training provider running employability programs for those we support. These consist of training, skills and volunteering opportunities through commercial contracts that we have. We want to make sure that our services really reflect the needs of the community. We’re here as a team to really help people move forward with their lives.”
The Mowlem Award is an annual scholarship given to organisations that demonstrate achievements in training or the promotion of health and safety in construction. It furthers the work of the RI Beck Trust – a charity set up in 1983 by the construction company, Mowlem. The RI Beck Trust was pleased to extend it’s scope and join with B&CE’s Charitable Trust to support their shared aims and objectives.
On winning the Award, Soo Brizell-Hogg, said: “Shekinah feels very proud to be associated with B&CE first and foremost. To be the first beneficiary of the Mowlem award is really very special for us.”
“The funding will make a huge difference and will be used to help transform people’s lives. We have a social enterprise that focuses on developing practical skills in painting and decorating and maintenance. The clients who volunteer with the enterprise benefit from practical skills development and enhanced employability skills as well as peer-led support.”
“My two first steps are to use a small amount of the money to promote what we’re doing. More publicity will bring greater access to opportunities. More work for us means more jobs for the people that we’re trying to help.
Secondly we wish to use the funds to unlock employment opportunities; to give you an example, we had a fabulous young woman who came through Shekinah. She started as a volunteer and we helped her gain NVQ Level 1 in construction skills and then a CSCS card. We were able to support her through an initial work placement at Mi-Space for four weeks and now she is self-employed working alongside one of the subcontractors for Mi-Space itself. We enabled her to sharpen her skills to a point that allowed her to work.
Currently we have a gentleman with us who is working part time, with a young family and we’d like to be able to offer him more. With this funding, we’ll be able to offer him a twelve month contract, which will make a huge difference to him and his family.”
“A breath of fresh air – really fabulous. My communication with B&CE has been friendly, supportive and energetic and reflects the B&CE Charitable trust as a whole. We’re only a small charity, so by making the process straightforward and easy to manage, B&CE has made such a difference.”
Richard’s a construction worker who by the age of 37 had lost his job, home and family.
Fast-forward one year and life started to look much more positive. Richard put his construction skills and experience to use as a training supervisor for Shekinah and has become a really valuable member of the team.
More on Richard’s story and how B&CE’s Charitable Trust makes a difference – watch our 2 minute video…