Corporate Social Responsiblity

Kingerlee is committed to behaving ethically and considerately. We take steps to ensure our business is making a positive contribution to our local community and its economic development. The development and support of our people is a priority for us.
 
Some elements of our commitment to our local community include:
 
Charity of the Year Partnership

Kingerlee is delighted to be supporting The Oxford Children's Hospital for a year from January 2018. As it's our 150th birthday year, we have committed to doing '150 Things' for our Charity of the Year. We plan to kick this off early in the new year with an 'Unwanted Christmas Gift Auction', as well as a new year cake sale. Watch this space as we will be working hard to raise as much money as possible throughout the year for this very worthwhile cause and our employees will be supported in any personal challenges they would like to undertake for the charity.
 
School Visits
 
Kingerlee organise and run several education projects each year, all in partnership with a number of local schools. The experience aims to challenge groups of around 30 students to take on a realistic construction challenge and gives them a flavour for the different the roles within the industry.
 
Work Experience
 
We offer work experience placements through local schools and colleges and take on approximately six students each year both on site and in our Joinery workshop.
 
Apprenticeships
 
We have taken on six new apprentices in the last three years, five of whom are in our Joinery workshop. For the first time this year we have also employed an Administrative Apprentice, Nicola, to front our reception office. 
 
We have taken on an industrial placement student each year and recently have had a Construction Project Management degree student start a year-long placement with us. 
 
We have two Management Trainees who are supported to attend day release university courses in Quantity Surveying.
 
Community Wood Recycling
 
As part of its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, wherever possible, Kingerlee use The National Community Wood Recycling Project to manage waste timber generated by its construction sites.
 
We are pleased to have recently received a Social Impact Report detailing that 50 Tonnes of timber have been diverted from landfill with the added benefit that that has provided 63 volunteer days of work, 3 volunteer positions and 7 months of paid employment.
 
Community Wood Recycling also employs ex-offenders, those with mental health or learning difficulties and those who have faced drug and alcohol problems, getting them back to work or into employment for the first time. 100% of the timber is recycled and used to make products, from shelving units to garden planters, which are then sold at stores and online. If the wood is not good enough to be a useful product it will be used for firewood.

Kingerlee Contract Manager Sam Brown at the official handing over of a portacabin donated to StyleAcre, our 2015 charity of the year.

 

Apprentice Jack Brandon in our Joinery Workshop.

 

 

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