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City Building constructs bright future for women

Siobhan Logue at the inaugural Herald Diversity Conference in May last year

With City Building making great strides in attracting women into the industry and helping them to progress, SCN catches up with four of its brightest employees who are each taking their opportunities to blaze their own trail in the sector.

Historically, craft trades have been male-dominated but Glasgow construction firm City Building has made strong progress in attracting more women as part of plans to improve diversity across the business.

The company employs 20% of all female craft apprentices in Scotland and 55% of its senior management are women.

Among the success stories is contracts manager Natalie McPherson, 34, who joined City Building over 16 years ago as an apprentice painter and decorator. Natalie, who now manages multiple projects on behalf of client Glasgow City Council, entered the industry after undertaking a six-week City Building ‘taster’ course at school.

Natalie McPherson

Her potential was recognised during the course and she was encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship. “I loved painting and decorating,” she said. “I had always been hands on, so construction was the ideal job for me.”

After completing her apprenticeship Natalie quickly moved into management, becoming an operations manager in charge of high profile projects including the £2.5 million refurbishment of Lorne Street Primary School in Govan, a Category B listed building. “It was great because it involved liaising with Historic Scotland and working closely with an architect,” Natalie said.

Siobhan Logue

Also making her mark in management at City Building is Siobhan Logue, 26. Site manager Siobhan started out as an apprentice plumber in September 2008. “I’m not going to lie,” she said, “the reason I chose to go into plumbing was that it was the highest paid trade.”

Siobhan joined City Building in September 2008 after completing a six-month National Certificate course as a school leaver. After attaining tradesperson status four years later she was earning a good salary but took a pay cut to become a trainee manager. “I wanted to work my way up and I knew I had the experience to build good relationships and make them work,” she said.

Now managing the £2m refurbishment of Cuthbertson Street Primary School she is relishing the challenges of being a manager. “It can be difficult as there are 400 pupils at Cuthbertson Street and we have to work round that, but I’ve got a great team. I do the office work, which is all the planning and management, and the guys on the job respect that.”

Phoebe Ali

Second year apprentice Phoebe Ali, 18, also chose the plumbing route. Currently working in the gas section of City Building, she became interested in plumbing after receiving support from a female technical studies teacher to apply for an apprenticeship through the Glasgow Guarantee scheme. The £50m programme is a legacy of the Commonwealth Games and assists young people into employment or training.

Phoebe said: “I knew from the age of 14 that I wanted to work in the construction industry. My uncle in England had his own construction firm and I can remember picking up his tools and playing with them when I was little. It also offered secure employment without going to university, which I didn’t want to do.”

The teenager, who was last year named Glasgow Guarantee Apprentice of the Year, is currently installing boilers in housing association properties and was previously part of a team fitting new kitchens and bathrooms.

She also regularly attends to school events to promote the construction industry to young women – including a session at her own alma mater, Rosshall Academy.

“Girls are put off by not having experience, and working with so many guys can be a bit intimidating but it is mind over matter,” she said. “If you don’t want to be behind a desk, it is a great career option.”

Lisa Murphy

Fourth year apprentice painter and decorator Lisa Murphy is another City Building award-winner. As well as being named Trades House Apprentice of the Year in 2015 she won the Scottish heat of the UK-wide Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year in 2016 before going on to take first place nationally in 2017.

Lisa, 21, was inspired to take up painting and decorating after completing an interior design project as part of her Higher Art course. She also says her late grandfather was an influence

“I didn’t want to go down the university route as I preferred working with my hands. Having a grandfather, who was a painter and decorator, probably influenced me too. He helped me a lot in the first year of my apprenticeship.”

Lisa Murphy

The project Lisa enjoyed most was helping to build the set of the Hello My Name is Paul Smith exhibition in 2016 at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. “It was really detailed work – not like painting a house,” she explained.

“I love my job but now that I’ve been on building sites, I see my future as being in construction management. I’d like to do a Higher National Certificate and move up through the company doing stuff that I enjoy.”

Natalie added: “Sometimes as a woman on the job you need to prove yourself, but when the guys see you can do the job you gain their respect.  I’d say to any other women considering construction to give it a try. I definitely wouldn’t want to do anything else.”

Catch up with the rest of Scottish Construction Now’s International Women’s Day feature here.

City Building celebrates golden year with multiple awards

Young Decorator of the Year Lisa Murphy at work

Glasgow-based City Building is ending the year on a high following a flurry of awards recognising the construction firm’s unique approach to corporate responsibility and diversity.

The company gained a total of seven accolades throughout 2017, including Diversity Star Performer and Recruitment of Talents and Youth at The Herald’s Diversity Awards, HR NETWORK’s Corporate Responsibility of the Year and Best Employer of the Year, and Glasgow’s Fairest Employer by the Glasgow Guarantee.

After coming to the rescue of endangered water voles living on a site in Easterhouse, and constructing roof-top habitats for the local swift population in Partick, City Building was also celebrated for its environmental work, walking away with the Green Champion Award at the Glasgow Business Awards.

City Building employees picked up a further four awards for individual abilities, including the UK’s Young Decorator of the Year which was won this month by apprentice Lisa Murphy at Johnstone’s Painter of the Year of Awards.

With its trophy cabinet busier than ever, the year marks one of the most successful for City Building.

Employing 20% of all female craft apprenticeships in Scotland and having women in 37% of all senior management roles, City Building is one of the country’s most diverse organisations.

Through its manufacturing division, Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) it also supports jobs for more than 120 people with disabilities, including those with learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, as well as creating employment opportunities for army veterans at its windows factory.

Outside of the workplace, City Building has continued to positively engage with Glasgow communities, raising more than £14,000 for local organisations throughout the year. Apprentices have also been lending a helping hand to local groups. Projects carried out by apprentices include redecorating the Glasgow Marie Curie Hospice free of charge, creating learning spaces in local schools and volunteering at foodbanks and Glasgow Life libraries, where they teach children to read.

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director at City Building, said: “This past year has been monumental for City Building, with our achievements including the launch of our new venture with Glasgow City Council and Wheatley Group and a strong set of financial results which saw us return more than £9m to Glasgow City Council.

“These successes are testament to the core values which drive City Building forward, as well as the outstanding talent and hard work of our many employees.

“Securing employment opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds, encouraging our staff to take a role in protecting the environment and positively impacting the communities of Glasgow are central objectives which support our commercial strategies and it is fantastic to be recognised for these attributes.

“I am extremely proud of the direction the firm is taking and hopefully 2018 will yield further successes.”

In addition to winning a total of 11 awards at a company and individual levels, City Building was deemed a finalist in a further nine categories.

City Building welcomes 60 new apprentices

The new apprentices with City Building (Glasgow) chair Gordon Sloan and Councillor Greg Hepburn

The new apprentices with City Building (Glasgow) chair Gordon Sloan and Councillor Greg Hepburn

City Building has welcomed a flurry of new recruits, as more than 60 modern apprentices join the construction firm.

The diverse group, which includes four women, care leavers and a number of people from surrounding BME communities, were greeted by City Building’s boards of directors following an induction at Queenslie Training Centre yesterday.

In addition to promoting opportunities in the construction sector amongst young people from diverse backgrounds, City Building is helping two best friends and two brothers take their first steps on the career ladder.

Best friends Adam Caddell and Cameron Barrett (both 17) met on the football pitch aged eight. After attending secondary school together, the pair became inseparable and will now join the same carpentry and joinery apprentice course.

Apprentices Adam Caddell and Cameron Barrett with Councillor Greg Hepburn

Apprentices Adam Caddell and Cameron Barrett with Councillor Greg Hepburn

Adam and Cameron will be joined in the Joinery Programme by brothers Lewis (16) and Fraser Scott (19) who were both recruited with support from Wheatley Group which now jointly owns City Building (Glasgow).

While Lewis has entered the training programme straight from school, Fraser already has a taste for working life having spent the past few years in retail. Both brothers will now be taking on this new challenge together.

The boys are one of the first to join City Building as apprentices since Wheatley Group became a joint owner of City Building (Glasgow) in March 2017. The organisation has since strengthened its apprentice programme, which is already one of the most successful of its kind in Scotland. It has developed new training resources and is attracting school leavers through various channels including Glasgow City Council’s Glasgow Guarantee Initiative and the Wheatley Foundation, Wheatley Group’s charitable trust.

City Building offers apprenticeships in a variety of disciplines, including electrical engineering, joinery, painting and decorating, plumbing and carpentry. It achieves a pass out rate of 94% – almost a third higher than the sector average.

Apprentices Fraser and Lewis Scott

Apprentices Fraser and Lewis Scott

Gordon Sloan, chair of City Building (Glasgow), said: “With around 245 apprentices already on the payroll City Building offers excellent employment opportunities and helps construct bright futures for young men and women pursuing a career in construction. Joining forces with Wheatley Group has only worked to strengthen the opportunities we offer across Glasgow.

“Many of these new recruits will go on to deliver vital work across the city, including in maintenance and repairs services. By investing in the next generation of tradespeople, we are strengthening our commitment to the hundreds of tenants who rely on us and ensure that we are effectively equipped to meet their needs.”

Councillor Greg Hepburn from Glasgow City Council said: “City Building plays an important role in furthering the education and training of Glasgow’s young tradespeople.

“As one of the country’s largest construction firms, it has developed very successful apprentice programme which sees almost all students leave with the relevant qualifications.

“It also continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to furthering diversity within the industry, employing almost 20% of all female craft apprenticeships in Scotland, and it is fantastic to see that this year’s intake is once again representative of the many different faces of society.”

City Building gets the green light at awards ceremony

(from left) Event host Fred MacAulay with City Building senior environmental officer Myra Conn and Michelle Nicol, senior manager – business marketing at ScottishPower

(from left) Event host Fred MacAulay with City Building senior environmental officer Myra Conn and Michelle Nicol, senior manager – business marketing at ScottishPower

City Building LLP has been recognised for its achievements in environmental innovation at this year’s Glasgow Business Awards.

The Environmental Team won the 2017 Green Champion Award, which is sponsored by ScottishPower, after impressing the panel with their unique green credentials for a business in the construction sector.

The enterprise has been credited for establishing a sustainable recycling and waste practice and environmental management training strategy for site workers, which aims to ensure its green practices are continuously prioritised. Other innovative work from the team includes their work to protect ecosystems and habitats of animals such as birds, otters and bats that staff often encounter whilst working on site.

The team are one of the only construction companies in Scotland to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

Dr. Graham Paterson, executive director at City Building, said: “To be presented with the Green Champion award is fantastic news for the Environmental Team who work incredibly hard to help the business be as environmentally conscious as possible. It’s important for us to be sustainable in our work and we’ve managed to create both a practice and culture in the company that has led to us being awarded this accolade.”

Michelle Nicol, senior manager – business marketing at ScottishPower, said: “The Environmental Team at City Building completely blew us away with how much focus they have put into working with the environment in mind, whilst not forgetting about the importance of energy efficient technology in their buildings.

“Each entry this year was extremely impressive, but the initiative shown by City Building to position themselves at the forefront of innovation and sustainability is second to none and provides a fantastic example for other companies to follow.”

The Glasgow Business Awards were held by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce earlier this month at the Glasgow Hilton.

City Building supplements social housing repair wins with new contract

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building

Construction firm City Building has won a £3.7 million contract with social landlord ng homes as part of a clutch of new business wins valued at over £5m.

The order from ng homes, which was secured in open competition with the private sector, includes a contract to deliver repairs and maintenance services worth £2.4m, and the delivery of £1.3m of gas services.

ng homes provides housing and support services to tenants and owners in the Springburn, Balornock, Possilpark and Parkhouse areas of North Glasgow. It is responsible for the management and maintenance of about 7,000 properties.

The ng homes deal is the biggest of several contracts that City Building has won from social landlords in recent months. The Glasgow-based firm is also set to provide gas services to the Southside Housing Association in a three-year deal worth just over £1m and specialist lift services are being supplied to Queens Cross Housing Association as part of a contract worth £250,000.

City Building’s manufacturing division, Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi), has additionally secured new work. It recently received its first furniture order from the National Library of Scotland after being appointed as an official supplier to the public body.

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said: “We’re extremely proud of our recent business wins, especially our contract with ng homes. Our new partnership will help its management team continue their strong focus on customer service and ensure North Glasgow tenants are living in safe, comfortable, high quality homes.

“We’ve been involved in some very high profile projects recently, including the construction and refurbishment of more than 111 Glasgow schools, which has helped to grow our reputation across the industry and showcase what our skilled staff can achieve.

“We are already one of Glasgow’s biggest employers and our continued success will help us to continue providing significant job opportunities across the city.”

Robert Tamburrini, chief executive of ng homes, said: “We would like to congratulate City Building in securing this important contract.  This new deal will ensure that ng homes will continue to provide excellent customer service to our tenants in regards to maintenance and repairs and gas servicing.

“City Building has an impressive track record of delivering great results for the Association and we are keen to further strengthen our relationship and look forward to continuing to work together for the benefit of our tenants and the North Glasgow community.”

City Building business wins come after the firm’s annual accounts, which were published in August, confirmed a rise in turnover to £219m in the last financial year. This strong performance enabled the arm’s length organisation to return £9m to Glasgow City Council to be reinvested in public services in the city.

Wheatley rolls out new £33m tenant-designed repairs service

Gordon Sloan and Lorraine Starrs, head of asset management for City Building (Glasgow); Gordon Dillon, head of operations for City Building (Glasgow); Alan Burns, deputy exec director of City Building; painter and decorator Macauley Wood; and joiners Naveed Mohammed and Christopher Murray

Gordon Sloan and Lorraine Starrs, head of asset management for City Building (Glasgow); Gordon Dillon, head of operations for City Building (Glasgow); Alan Burns, deputy exec director of City Building; painter and decorator Macauley Wood; and joiners Naveed Mohammed and Christopher Murray

A new improved £33 million repairs service is being rolled out to thousands of tenants and factored homeowners in the west of Scotland following Wheatley becoming joint owner of City Building (Glasgow) earlier this year.

The new venture with Glasgow City Council is providing repairs, maintenance and investment work to Wheatley’s social landlords in the west of Scotland – GHA, Cube and Loretto Housing – as well as the Group’s mid-market commercial subsidiary, Lowther Homes, and its property management company, YourPlace.

Tenant feedback has shaped the new repairs model, with pathfinder pilots being carried out across Glasgow and neighbouring areas to find out what tenants wanted.

Gordon Sloan, the new chair of City Building (Glasgow), said: “Tenants are telling us what they want – a responsive, efficient and more locally-based repairs service – and that’s just what we are providing.”

Mr Sloan, the former chair of GHA, Scotland’s largest social landlord, added: “The new venture enables Wheatley to be even better equipped to match and exceed customers’ needs and expectations.

“It is exciting watching the new service being rolled out and hearing the positive early feedback we are receiving from tenants and factored homeowners.”

The new venture, which employs 2000 staff, is responsible for Wheatley’s annual housing repairs budget of £33m and an annual investment budget of £27m, as well as £30m of repairs annually for Glasgow City Council.

Councillor Greg Hepburn, vice-chair of City Building (Glasgow), said: “This new venture with Wheatley Group will only serve to strengthen our economic and social contributions, as we work in partnership with its management team to grow and deliver improved services for the people of Glasgow.”

City Building contributes £9m to Glasgow City Council

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building

City Building has almost grown the amount it returns to Glasgow City Council by more than two thirds with over £9 million set to be reinvested in public services across the city, according to its annual results.

The construction firm was established as an arm’s length organisation (ALEO) by the local authority in 2006. The financial results for 2016/17 reveal the funds returned to the city council are up 71% on last year’s figures, after turnover rose to £219m compared with £208m the previous year.

This year’s return also represented a greater proportion of turnover, amounting to 4.1% this year compared with 2.5% the previous year.

The news comes after City Building, which employs over 2,200 people, entered a 50/50 joint venture with the Wheatley Group, the parent company of Glasgow Housing Association. The £3.7bn deal, which became effective on April 1 2017, will provide improved services to tenants and guarantee thousands of jobs including highly sought after apprenticeships.

City Building is the biggest employer of apprentices in Scotland and has recruited over 1,100 apprentices since the firm was established as an arm’s length organisation by Glasgow City Council in 1996. Research published last year by influential think tank the Fraser of Allander Institute has shown that 94% of City Building apprentices complete their qualifications compared with an industry average of 75%.

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said: “Despite challenging market conditions in the construction sector City Building has continued to grow and secure significant contracts in open competition with the private sector. We are pleased that our improved performance will help to support public services and create job opportunities across the city.

“Our success is a testament to our hard-working staff and apprentices and they should all be proud of their contribution to our strong results.”

City Building’s £250m contract to build or refurbish more than 111 schools and other educational facilities across Glasgow continues to make a significant contribution to its financial results. Among the new build facilities and refurbishment projects it is delivering are Avenue End Primary, Broomhill Primary School, Clyde Campus School, Glendale Primary School, Gowanbank Campus School, Silverdale Nursery, St. Rose of Lima Primary and Tower View Nursery.

The results also show that City Building’s manufacturing division RSBi achieved 8.8% growth with turnover rising to £27.2m from £25m. RSBi is Europe’s largest supported employer and half of its 260 staff have a disability. New projects secured in the past year include several commissions within the student accommodation market, furniture supply to the NHS, Scottish Prison Service and Scottish Fire & Rescue as well as a range of timber kits for various housebuilder clients.

Students told there is #nowrongpath to construction career on Exam Results Day

Jamie Nelson, Jenn Hood and Claire McArthur

Jamie Nelson, Jenn Hood and Claire McArthur

DYW Glasgow is promoting the variety of routes on offer to young people if they do not receive the results they were hoping for on Scottish Exam Results Day 2017.

The #nowrongpath campaign celebrates the many paths taken by people across Scotland who are now in interesting job roles, with a focus on the non-traditional routes out-with higher education.

Hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, DYW Glasgow is the Scottish Government’s national strategy for strengthening links between schools and businesses, with the hope of reducing youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.

DYW Glasgow is asking people to post a photograph on social media today holding a sign with their name, what they did when they left school and what they are doing now. The campaign aims to show young people that there are a range of ways to access a variety of job roles – that there is #nowrongpath.

Many well-known faces across the city have already shown their support for the campaign including entertainer Fred MacAuley, as well as STV presenters Jennifer Reoch and David Farrell.

Taking part in the campaign launch, Jamie Nelson and Claire McArthur are both individuals who have progressed in successful careers without going down the traditional route of higher education.

24-year-old Jamie, who is set to complete his four-year joiner apprenticeship with City Building this week, started his career in the army after leaving school, serving in Afghanistan in 2012/13.

Claire, now a Home Care Coordinator with one of Glasgow’s biggest employers, Cordia (Services) LLP, went straight into the workforce as a secretary at a law firm after leaving school and is now managing carers after 11 years in a similar position.

Alison McRae, senior director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “Receiving exam results is a significant milestone in any young person’s life.

“It’s important that everyone is aware that there are many varied options to investigate in the workplace, as well as many routes to get into a job or kick-start a career.

“Developing Young Workforce Glasgow hopes to demonstrate just some of the great number of potential career choices and routes available through the #nowrongpath campaign.

“It is our hope that this helps to inspire and motivate the young people of our city as they receive this year’s results.”

City Building helps employees reconnect with nature

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Construction firm City Building created a buzz about nature when it hosted an open day featuring honey bees, frogs and birds of prey at its Glasgow premises.

The initiative was held at the company’s Darnick Street site on Friday 2nd June, in celebration of the United Nation’s World Environment Day.

The international awareness day, which will be marked globally on Monday 5thJune, seeks to highlight the many ways human behaviour can positively, and negatively, effect planet Earth.

Each year, organisers focus on one particularly pressing environmental concern and have chosen ‘nature’ as the theme for 2017. As part of the campaign, people from across the world are being urged to reconnect with their natural surroundings. They are being encouraged to spend time in the great outdoors and appreciate how much we depend on water supplies, ecosystems, fresh air and wildlife.

To assist with the global mission, City Building welcomed representatives from leading groups including the Woodland Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Home Energy Scotland, PlanBee, an organisation dedicated to safeguarding the UK’s honey bee population, and conservationist charity Frog Life.

The organisations were on hand to talk about the ways employees can contribute to worldwide environmental causes.  Employees were also given the chance to capture selfies with a real-life Harris hawk which was taking part in demonstrations in the yard.

In addition to visiting various exhibitions, the City Building team raised funds for the organisations with raffles and home baking stalls.

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director at City Building, said: “As a business, we have a strong commitment to sustainable development which includes investing in green technologies and educating our workforce on how they can take steps to protect the world around us.

“Celebrating World Environment Day was a great opportunity to introduce our employees to the issues that we care about and to encourage them to play their part in taking a sustainable approach to both their jobs and lives.”

Warren Bader, founder and CEO of PlanBee said: “It is fantastic to see a big organisation like City Building embracing World Environment Day and taking meaningful steps to educate others on this incredibly important issue. The company’s commitment to sustainability is impressive. It was great to be able to meet the team to talk about the vital work we are doing at PlanBee to protect declining honey bee populations and highlight the many ways they can contribute to the cause.”

Construction firms embrace diversity at national conference

Siobhan Logue addresses attendees at the conference

City Building’s Siobhan Logue addresses attendees at the conference

The changing face of the construction industry was under the spotlight at Scotland’s first national diversity conference.

At the inaugural event, hosted this week by The Herald and GenAnalytics at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow, City Building operations manager Siobhan Logue spoke of her successful career at the firm in the traditionally male-dominated industry.

Siobhan left school aged 16 interested in a career in construction. After attending college, Siobhan began a four-year plumbing apprenticeship and once qualified, was given the opportunity by City Building to complete a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction Management.

With the practical skills to work on a construction site and the academic knowledge to move into management, an opportunity arose within City Building to undertake a trainee management course and progress through the company.

Siobhan, now fully-qualified, is managing the refurbishment and construction works of a number of Glasgow’s primary schools, including the £2.4 million Saint Brides Primary project, the £1.5m project at Langside Primary and £1.4m Holycross Primary School refurbishment.

Siobhan said: “I loved working on construction sites and seeing a project emerging from the ground to completion. When the opportunity arose to move to management, I had only been a tradesperson for two years. To take the course I had to take a drop in pay, but on balance felt the opportunities to progress would be better, and I would benefit in the future.

“Now, managing the primary school projects truly gives me fulfilment. Seeing the kids and teachers faces when they return to school after the holidays gives me a real sense of achievement.

“My journey is not unusual and as more women enter the industry, together, we can change male-dominated image of construction. With the support of City Building and through sheer determination I believe there is no limit to my future in City Building, and I would encourage any woman to consider a career in construction.”

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said: “Siobhan is a fantastic example of how people can progress at City Building, whatever their gender. We’re incredibly proud to be part of Siobhan’s development and will continue to work with her as she climbs the career ladder.

“We aim to build a sustainable future, which includes minimising the skills gap through training and welcoming anyone, male or female, interested in building a career in construction.”

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s delegation (from left) Kevin McMillan, Caroline Proctor, Willie Burns, Audrey Ross and Anne Kerr.

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s delegation (from left) Kevin McMillan, Caroline Proctor, Willie Burns, Audrey Ross and Anne Kerr.

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland also played a key role at the event as a team from the homebuilder joined the conversation which aims to recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion within business and the impact, as well as the potential, this can have on the communities and wider economy.

Discussion, debate and contributions included The Equality Agenda in Scotland, driving diversity through regeneration as well as the importance of recognising diversity within employment and skills.

A member of Taylor Wimpey’s Young Persons’ Forum – Anne Kerr, sales administrator for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland – took part in a Young Panel discussion around ‘What Diversity Means to Me’ giving members of the audience the opportunity to hear about the importance of embracing diversity and inclusion from a young person’s perspective.

Taylor Wimpey said that being involved in The Herald Diversity Conference recognises the importance the firm has placed on diversity and inclusion within its business and the opportunity that it creates for the wider housebuilding industry.

Anne Kerr of Taylor Wimpey participates in the 'What Diversity Means to Me - Young Panel Discussion'.

Anne Kerr of Taylor Wimpey participates in the ‘What Diversity Means to Me – Young Panel Discussion’.

Willie Burns, managing director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, added: “Following our successful involvement in the inaugural Herald / GenAnalytics Diversity Awards last year, we are delighted to have extended our partnership with them to play a key role as sponsor and participant in Scotland’s first Diversity Conference.

“We aim to be an inclusive company which values people as individuals and creates a workforce that reflects the diversity of the local communities where we build new homes, so we are delighted to have this opportunity to play our role in embracing diversity and inclusion within businesses in Scotland.

“The conference has given us a great opportunity to be part of the conversation with other organisations that are as equally committed to diversity and inclusion as Taylor Wimpey and the positive benefits that they bring to our collective businesses.”

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland also confirmed it will once again be a key sponsor at this year’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards in October.