Friday, 30 May 2014

SATRO recognises Willmott Dixon’s work to inspire young Surrey people

Weeks after getting a Royal nod for its community work, the team at Willmott Dixon’s Cobham office has now been recognised by Surrey social enterprise, SATRO, for its continued commitment to inspire young people across the county.

April saw Willmott Dixon win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of sustainable development with judges praising the £1 million of investment in local communities, which included the work with SATRO.
Now the Cobham office have received praise from SATRO after 37 staff clocked up an impressive 400 hours of support to SATRO’s programme over the past two years, reaching over 7500 young people to help inspire and enthuse them about the world of work.

Willmott Dixon’s work with the programme ranges from attendance at events to mentoring young people about employment opportunities within the construction industry.

SATRO is an educational charity working across schools and colleges in Surrey and the borders. It aims to inspire and enthuse young people aged 5-19 about the world of work through a volunteer programme which involves over 850 volunteers.

Gordon Bell is one of the Willmott Dixon volunteers who has been working with the programme this year and said: “Young people are vital in the future of the local economy and working with SATRO is one way in which we can inspire them.

“The work that Willmott Dixon undertakes out of the Cobham office involves construction across the south east of England however the range of roles that our work involves are wide and varied. All are vital in the smooth running of the business. Giving volunteer support to SATRO enables us to not only inspire young people but also allow us to capture the minds of individuals so that we can hopefully attract future talent into the industry.”

Dr Beccy Bowden, CEO of SATRO said: “I am thrilled that thanks to the fantastic support of companies like Willmott Dixon we are still very much alive and well and working to inspire young people about their future careers. Willmott Dixon is a great company to partner with – their work really resonates in particular with our fleet of mobile classrooms which is training young people in construction skills and giving future career opportunities to many young people at a time when they really need help to get a step up.”
Willmott Dixon Construction delivers award-winning projects across the education, health, leisure, workplace and retail sectors. The company works on public and private sector developments on behalf of national Government frameworks, local authorities and private organisations.
Willmott Dixon Group is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned construction, regeneration and support services companies.

With 160 years of experience, the company provides services within the built environment to Government, registered social landlords, local authorities and private sector clients throughout the UK.

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