Amey has launched an Opportunity Action Plan intended to boost career opportunities across the country.
In association with the Social Mobility Pledge and former education secretary Justine Greening, Amey has devised a plan that sets out a series of challenges to address a lack of social mobility in the most deprived regions.
The plan builds on work that Amey is already undertaking in the communities where it operates, through its school outreach and provision of early career opportunities including apprenticeships.
The firm aims to deliver social value through its 15,000-strong workforce, its supply chain and procurement operation to invest in the physical infrastructure of communities, connecting people and places to opportunity.
Michael Burgess, Amey’s chief people officer, said: “We are aware that there are challenges for many, especially when faced with backgrounds of low expectation from others and barriers to opportunity in personal and professional development.
“At Amey, we’re taking steps to support the government to deliver the levelling-up agenda… I’m confident that by continuing the work we’re doing to embed social value practices, we’ll close the opportunity gap and deliver a real change to those living in local communities.”
Greening added: “Infrastructure underpins the physical fabric of our day to day lives and is fundamental to the sustainability and wellbeing of our communities. It can bring opportunity to areas which are often the furthest away from a level playing field and where the impact of the pandemic has been felt the most.
“Amey is in a key position to lead on the levelling-up agenda and influence the social impact that businesses can bring to their customers, colleagues and communities. Society now expects higher standards from the organisations they work for or do business with and there is increasing evidence that having a clear purpose makes good business sense and delivers better outcomes.”