At J Coffey we look to engage with the local communities and external stakeholders on all our projects.

J Coffey Construction working with the Prince’s Trust to change lives.

Shaun and Tyler have recently joined J Coffey Construction as apprentices following the successful completion of the Prince’s Trust’s Get into Construction Programme.

Prince's Trust Get Into Construction Apprentices Tyler and Shaun

The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track by supporting 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Shaun started out as a trainee mechanic but was bored with this career whilst Tyler was struggling to find his niche having tried many jobs but not settling into any of them.

They both applied for support from the Prince’s Trust to learn new skills and to change direction. The Trust placed them on their Get into Construction programme which combines two weeks of learning with a work placement to put their learning into practice. In the lecture room these young men were taught employability skills and helped with vocational and practical skills; training that gave them the knowledge and understanding to work on a construction site. They both undertook health and safety, abrasive wheel, working at height and other practical training courses as well completing team building exercises to help them problem solve and work with other people.

In September 2016, they both started their work placement on our Cannon Street site. Adrian Clamp, our Environmental and Systems Director, was there to introduce them to the site team and induct them on the realities of working on a large construction site.

Initially they were involved in learning how to safely help with all the site activities including setting up formwork, preparing re-bar, helping with concrete pours and the usual site housekeeping activities for keeping areas safe and clean.

They both relished the new challenge, teamwork and culture of working on a construction site:

“I learnt a lot,” said Tyler. “It was a great experience, getting more competent at what I was doing and getting to see the bigger picture with construction. This is my thing now, I now know what I want to do and know that there is more that I can offer.”

Shaun is also enjoying the change, “I learn something different every day; I am always learning – which I like. I want to keep learning so I can complete a Site Management Safety Training Scheme and work my way up to being a Site Manager.”

Shaun and Tyler’s work ethic impressed our site team and we were happy to take them on board as Construction Apprentices on the completion of the Trust’s programme.

The Prince’s Trust was set up in 1976 by HRH The Prince of Wales to help young people with the view that “Every young person should have the chance to succeed.”

Mace Foundation

We have supported the Mace Foundation since its launch in November 2012 and have contributed to a number of the Foundation’s projects by taking on apprentices and supporting community initiatives.

Ciria BIG Challenge Biodiversity Award 2015

J Coffey Construction supported the Mace Foundation and London Wildlife Trust Partnership to deliver the Rosendale Community Depave project with the work being undertaken between spring 2014 and summer 2015.

The project was important as the local area is at risk from surface water flooding due to flow paths representing the historical route of the ‘lost’ River Effra, with increased population and high proportion of impermeable ground cover putting further pressure on the area.

The Rosendale Allotments plot was of particular concern a there used to be a large area of hard standing that allowed significant volumes of water to flow into Rosendale Road, contributing to flooding in the suburban residential area of Herne Hill.

Working with LWT and Mace we designed and installed a 300m2 SuDS attenuation system and helped with a planting scheme that created 80m3 of floodwater attenuation and 100m2 of high value wildflower meadow.

The project is permanent with a construction cost of £18,000, however it was installed completely free of charge to both the landlord (Dulwich College) and the community tenant, Rosendale Allotments Association through funding from Defra, the Mace Foundation, J Coffey and other Mace supply chain partners.

The BIG Biodiversity Challenge was led by CIRIA’s Biodiversity Interest Group (BIG) with leaders from across construction, infrastructure, transport, retail and Government.

Working with the Mace Foundation

As a contributor to the Mace Foundation, and their association to the Prince’s Trust in supporting young disadvantaged young people, J. Coffey Construction employed two apprentices through the ‘Get into Construction’ training programme adopted at Mace’s South Bank Tower project in Waterloo.

Of the two young trainees we employed, Darius pictured on the front of the Mace Foundation Annual Review, has now become a qualified Banksman Slinger and we as a company are delighted that this motivated young man has seized this opportunity and can now look forward to long term employment to apply his new acquired skills.

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