Engaging Staff to Create Positive Outcomes for our Clients and Communities


Engaging Staff to Create Positive Outcomes for our Clients and Communities

23 August 2019

Sweco has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of its work on a range of local and UK-wide initiatives to support social mobility. We have been named as a finalist in the UK Social Mobility Awards, established by London-based charity Making the Leap. Now in their third year, the awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of businesses and organisations across the country that are working to advance social mobility.

Sweco was shortlisted in the ‘Community Programme of the Year’ category for its work with a range of community partners to improve access to jobs and apprenticeships, inspire young people to consider studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from an early age, and its hands-on support for a range of employment and mental health initiatives in Yorkshire.

During 2018, Sweco created 36 work experience opportunities, 18 student placements and 29 apprenticeships and our people volunteered over 1,000 hours of their time to support community and STEM engagement activities.

Sweco could not give as much as it does without the generosity of our talented and enthusiastic people. We’re proud that so many of our team are committed to inspiring young people about exciting career opportunities in engineering, to enhance social mobility across the UK.

Our recognition at the Social Mobility Awards is a direct result of the success of our community programme, Creating Lasting Social Value, which is rooted in the belief that good corporate citizens should share their success by creating social value in the communities and cities in which they operate. At Sweco, our work is rooted in the ambition to enhance social mobility, and we team-up with a Smörgåsbord of amazing community partners across the UK to help make good things happen.

Protecting employee wellbeing is a growing area of focus, and we’ve developed a dedicated framework, Sweco Life, led by Lindsey Dickinson. It’s an integral part of our working life at Sweco, and ensures that the wellbeing of our employees, their families and our clients is always front of mind. Engaging our people in CSR activity is a central component of this framework.

We know that creating volunteering opportunities where our people can use their skills to give back to the community boosts morale and helps to nurture personal development. These activities also create opportunities for people to work and collaborate with each other in unique ways and help forge powerful new relationships.

This in turn can help create happy communities. There are numerous benefits of applying local knowledge to solve problems, and when people from diverse backgrounds can come together for common goals. As part of our CSR activity, we actively engage and connect local people to enable this shared approach to problem solving.

As a business, we seek to unite the positive power of human curiosity with the art of engineering and design – together, we shape the future to create a more sustainable society. This purpose comes to life through our CSR activities and wellbeing framework, and generates enthusiasm for our employees to deliver our clients’ ambitions through a sense that, together, there is no goal we can’t achieve.

CSR and Wellbeing are huge topics in their own rights but this blog post explores the benefits of these programmes and aligning for better outcomes for everyone.

We are passionate about creating happy people, happy clients and happy communities, and would welcome discussions with likeminded organisations and individuals.

Please contact lindsey.dickinson@sweco.co.uk, jo.firth@sweco.co.uk and clare.day@sweco.co.uk