Our aim, as a responsible local employer, is to give something back to the local communities that we serve. As a professional service provider we reflect the values of our surrounding community; to respect our neighbours and address the needs of the local area.
Making a positive difference to communities today contributes to improving our society and creates a positive legacy of construction. We recognise that we have a powerful role to play and ensure that we act in a sustainable, responsible manner. Our approach is not just to engage with our communities but to invest our time, skills and other resources.
Value is added to our local community in the following ways:
- Charitable Giving
Every year we endeavour to contribute to the local community through charitable giving and support our employees and other fundraising initiatives. It is important to us that we support local charities to continuously benefit our local community.
Our time is also donated through local volunteering initiatives and we look to instigate such events in close consultation with our clients, where possible. Woodley Coles are a proactive member of the Kent Construction Focus Group promoting local excellence in terms of local people for local projects.
Our industry needs more ‘Ambassadors for Construction’ and Woodley Coles willingly adopts this role by visiting educational establishments, providing careers advice and promotional talks in a bid to address future skills shortages. Work experience placements and apprenticeships form a critical part of this commitment and we look to offer opportunities, whenever possible and applicable.
- Local Employment
All our team resides locally demonstrating naturally higher levels of commitment whilst ensuring we are supporting our local economy and immediately on hand to serve our customers.
- Skills Development
As ‘Investors in People’ and a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors approved training provider, Woodley Coles are committed to the ongoing development of our people. Our staff are actively supported to continue their professional development. Some are part of a structured, fully funded training programme leading to chartered membership of RICS and everyone is fully supported to enhance their career. Investing in our people ensures a loyal, engaged workforce and succession planning for the future, passing acquired skills directly to benefit our clients.
Woodley Coles have had apprenticeships in partnership with EKC Group with apprentices having completed their Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration. As well as this, we also have four trainee Quantity Surveyors who are currently undertaking university courses.