It is often said that people are a company's most valuable asset and at the core of every successful sustainability policy. Rental companies strive to provide their employees with safe, healthy and stimulating workplaces.
Suggested actions for rental companies
- Provide safety instructions and trainings.
- Develop a safety reporting system and identify preventive actions·
- Develop a corporate culture that embraces gender equality and diversity.
- Involve employees at all levels and listen to their ideas, e.g. by conducting an employee survey.
- Stimulate career development by providing training and coaching.
- Support employees in their ambition to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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Sustainable people sourcing
A-Plant runs an Apprenticeship Academy that employs over 160 apprentices. All are assigned a mentor and given a detailed training programme supported by training providers such as the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). In 2015, 30 A-Plant apprentices completed their apprenticeship and every single one of them was offered full-time employment at A-Plant.
At 82% A-Plant’s retention rate of apprentices is one of the highest in the sector, which averages only 66% nationwide. A-Plant believes that this reflects the high level of training and support provided to A-Plant apprentices. Also, concerted efforts have been made to recruit and retain more women. Almost one quarter of A-Plant apprentices are now female.
A-Plant is a member of the ‘5% Club’, an industry group formed to create momentum for the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the workforce. At least 5% of their workforce are apprentices or graduates on formal schemes, or sponsored students.
In November 2015, A-Plant was awarded the Industry Apprentice Employer of the Year accolade at the Pride of Construction ceremony, the annual industry prize giving by the CITB.