Last week Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, was at the Royal Albert Hall for Business in the Community’s Annual Responsible Business Awards. He welcomed the recognition of BeOnsite with the overall Example of Excellence Award. BeOnsite is a subsidiary of LendLease, the company building the Olympic Village. The award recognised the success of BeOnsite in recruiting unemployed people into construction jobs.
The Awards for Excellence – now in its fourteenth year – aim to highlight and reward the best examples of businesses positively impacting on their employees, local community and the environment. The BeOnsite award was collected on behalf of the company by Val Lowman and Jessica Mellor-Clark.
BeOnsite was established by LendLease to support unemployed people into jobs in construction. The Awards was for providing over 250 people from excluded groups with tailored, industry specific training, and over 150 people with full-time paid employment on Lend Lease projects and developments. Through their operation in Stratford, BeOnsite has helped 226 disadvantaged jobseekers, with 148 completing the training and 112 of those gaining employment.
Speaking after the Awards, Stephen Timms said: “I congratulate LendLease for it’s BeOnsite initiative and for it’s thoroughly deserved Example of Excellence award. As Shadow Minister for Employment, I am delighted to see an initiative aimed at training and employing those from disadvantaged backgrounds be so successful. BeOnsite’s work in Newham on the Olympic Village has been particularly valuable, and I welcome the long term commitment the company has demonstrated.”