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Farrans Win Prestigious CITA Award for Outreach Initiative

16th November 2017

Farrans is delighted to have won the 'Outreach Initiative of the Year Award' at the 2017 Construction Investing in Talent Awards which took place last night in London.

The award recognises Farrans' outstanding ASPIRE Skills programme - an initiative which seeks to equip the long-term unemployed, ex-offenders, and disabled people with core employability skills.

The bespoke skills programme has consistently imbued its participants not only with new employment opportunities, but with a transformed attitude to working life. 

It was perhaps this element which stood out to the judges, who sought a winner with a ‘wow’ factor in a category which included stiff competition from Carillion, Kier, Morgan Sindall and Multiplex Construction Europe.

The judging panel paid high praise to Farrans, highlighting that “with 500 employees, Farrans is punching above its weight with the outputs achieved. The range of disadvantaged people Farrans has helped is impressive.”

Making a Genuine Difference

A number of the Farrans team attended the Awards Ceremony last night, which was held in Grosvenor House in London.

Community Engagement Manager, Brigid McGuigan, who collected the award on-stage along with Operations Director, Darrell McGuckian, described the ASPIRE initiative as something which can “empower people and change lives”.

“It engages those furthest removed from the labour market to adopt a new approach to working life”.

Farrans Managing Director, John Wilson, said the CITA award was recognition of a company-wide approach to going the extra mile.

“Part of our Farrans mission is to make a genuine difference to society and this award is a recognition of our real commitment to that aim.

“Our people are committed to raising awareness of opportunities within the construction industry and to putting strategies in place to support that”.

“We are delighted to receive this award in a category filled with such high-calibre talent from contractors across the UK”.