Howdens won both ‘The Best Reward and Recognition Strategy’ and ‘The Best CSR Strategy’ awards at this year's HR Excellence Awards that took place in London on 6 December to celebrate the very finest achievements of the year.
The Best CSR Strategy award recognises Howdens’ apprenticeship levy transfer, which was established to tackle industry job shortages by increasing the opportunity for apprenticeships both through its own internal scheme, and also by helping other smaller businesses develop their apprenticeship training.
Howdens uses its levy transfer to support EN:Able Futures, funding the education and qualification costs for the Flex-job apprentices that EN:Able Futures employ across the construction sector.
Emma Leech, Early Careers Manager, Howdens - "Howdens is committed to allocating 20% of its apprenticeship levy to fund construction apprenticeships in small businesses within the local communities that it operates. This investment has helped to create jobs and support small businesses in the construction industry, helping with the industry-wide skills shortage."
Julie Deeley, Director of Operations, EN:Able Futures - "It is fantastic to see Howdens recognised for the amazing work they do with us through the levy transfer. We would not be able to employ so many apprentices in the construction industry and cover the cost of their qualifications without the ongoing support Howdens provide. Their levy transfer is changing lives, building careers and developing skilled workforces where they needed most.