The Connected Places Award: Engie

Award Type: 

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award 2018 


Action and Impact
Commonly, there is a direct correlation between the areas of the UK with the highest deprivation and unemployment. The Kickstart Programme is the response being led by the energy and services business ENGIE.

It is a training scheme aimed at solving the skills shortage and getting hard-to-reach candidates into the construction industry. The aim is to increase the appeal of the construction industry for school leavers and to portray construction as a viable route into work for long-term unemployed people; the homeless, ex-offenders and ex-military.  ENGIE has created a training platform that provides a number of learning and development products.

By completing the programme, participants benefit from pre-employment training with successful young people securing an apprenticeship. So far, throughout London and the South, ENGIE has created 65 new apprenticeships, nine paid work placements, 247 unpaid work placements, 131 short training courses with 1,802 certificates issued, five internships, and 22 jobs.

“Delivering social value…is an integral part of our service offering – we just do it,” says regional managing director, Simon Lacey. “Our approach covers many aspects, helping to support local residents to reduce their dependency on benefits and increase their digital inclusion, to improve their health, mental and physical wellbeing.”