With the aim of raising awareness of the housebuilding industry and the career opportunities it has to offer to BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has partnered with Radiant & Brighter to trial a work experience programme.
This partnership between Taylor Wimpey West Scotland and Radiant & Brighter has provided 11 participants with work experience at four developments in the west of Scotland, including trades such as bricklaying, plumbing and joinery. It also gives participants the chance to meet members of Taylor Wimpey’s regional construction teams.
Brian Henderson, regional production director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “Our ambition is for Taylor Wimpey to be an inclusive company which values people as individuals – employees, customers and clients. This is a small step in our ambition to highlight the types of opportunities and career paths that we have to offer BAME groups in the west of Scotland, and we’re already working with Radiant & Brighter to refine our learning from this project to apply to future programmes as we reaffirm our commitment in this area.”
The Radiant & Brighter organisation provides support and incusion programmes for people who are socially isolated and economically excluded, to help them integrate into their local communities, with the focus on those from ethnic minorities. The training programme works over a five-week period, with Taylor Wimpey West Scotland focusing on the careers that BAME candidates can aspire to.
Micheal Matovu, co-founder of Radiant & Brighter, says: “There is a lot of untapped talent within BAME communities, and it is difficult to unlock their potential contribution to the economy and society in general because employers often need experience, references and UK-based qualifications which many often do not have.
“Scotland’s demographics over the last 10 years have changed drastically and companies are increasingly recognising a need to diversify and develop culture awareness within their workforce. Our program with Taylor Wimpey has created a shared learning experience between candidates and mentors, placing value on the individual contribution everyone brings to the workplace regardless of background.”
Current Taylor Wimpey developments in the West Scotland region include Dargavel Village, Bishopton and Newton Farm in Cambuslang.