Our People

Central to our culture is the value we place on our employees, who we support through an employment relationship based on fairness, equity, consistency, and trust.

We are committed to developing our people by investing in their careers. Attracting and retaining the very best talent is critical for the delivery of the Group's 2018 targets and we achieve this by managing employee relations, respecting employee rights, training and developing our talent through the Galliford Try Academy and maintaining an inclusive organisational culture.

Strategic approach

Our strategic approach to people is led by our Group HR director, who is supported by a central HR Hub team, division-specific HR managers and functional specialists covering resourcing, future talent and learning and development.

Each year we develop a risk-based people strategy that focuses on the key issues that will strengthen employee relations, generate greater flexibility and maximise performance from our teams.

Recent initiatives include:

  • An employee engagement survey and associated ‘You Said, We will' campaign
  • An improved induction process
  • Introduction of a ‘Rewards for You' employee benefits scheme
  • Introduction of a holiday purchase policy that allows employees to purchase additional days' leave
  • Diversity and Bribery Act e-learning courses
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay 

Management system

In line with our company values of 'excellence', 'passion', integrity' and 'collaboration' our Code of Conduct clearly sets out the expectations we have of all our employees. We follow detailed procedures in relation to all aspects of employee recruitment and have clear grievance and whistleblowing procedures.

Attracting talent

We strive to promote the image of the construction industry and attract future talent in a number of ways:

School visits – schools are frequently welcomed to our sites to learn about health and safety and the construction process. We also support the UKCG Born to Build Initiative, which aims to give young people the opportunity to find out more about jobs in the construction industry.

Apprentices – the Group works with Construction Skills and the National Apprenticeship Service to increase employment through apprenticeship schemes.

Sponsorship – we sponsor full-time students through the Institution of Civil Engineers QUEST Scholarship Scheme each year.

Graduates – we recruit new graduates in a range of disciplines each year.

Women in Construction – we have hosted multiple Women in Construction and Women in Property events at our offices and sites, and Women in Construction also presented at one of our Open Doors events aimed at attracting people into construction.

Employee development

We believe in giving our employees opportunities to develop and have several processes to make this happen. These include:

  • An annual Performance Development Review (PDR) process for all employees
  • A robust induction process
  • The Galliford Try Academy, which provides a range of learning interventions to develop skills and provide a framework for personal development, from trainees to leaders. This includes a number of programmes recognised by the Institute of Leadership and Management.
  • Technical training. Opportunities are available for employees to train in professional disciplines through day release courses.
  • Professional qualifications. Galliford Try will fund the membership of one recognised professional institution per employee.

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