As a small business we are committed to playing our part in supporting the local community and to ensure social values are included and considered by our business actions.
Social value and corporate social responsibility are recognised by Adept, with the aim to meet our CSR targets to grow local talent, help promote engineering and construction to young people as a career and to support our local community.
Adept are recognised as Raising the Bar, a social values initiative run by West Yorkshire & Humber Chamber of Commerce.
Closing the Skills Gap
Nurturing the engineers of tomorrow, we support young people interested in a career in construction and engineering by regularly taking on work experience students from local schools as well as full-year placements for those under-graduates seeking a year experience working in their chosen industry.
Adept run a successful Apprenticeship programme, often employing students from Leeds College of Building. A real emphasis is put on Apprentices and each year a new apprentice has been taken on and brought through the ranks. This works well for Adept, but more importantly for the individuals concerned, who are given a welcoming environment to learn and thrive. We currently have 8 apprentices plus 4 graduate apprentices working within the team.
We regularly get involved as a third party through other schemes delivered by Main Contractors. For examples ESH Build run the Building My Skills student programme. As part of this, senior Adept staff volunteered time to talk to students about a career in engineering and construction and took part in mock job interviews.
Investment is given to ensure that an enjoyable working environment is provided for all staff at Adept, and everyone is duly rewarded. Team building events are regularly hosted along with annual charity events to build rapport and to give something back to the communities in which we work.
Adept charity events have included a 60 mile Cycle Challenge and Windemere20 (circumnavigate the lake in a kayak) for chosen charities close to our hearts. In 2016 Adept raised £1,090 for Barnardos by completing the 3 Peaks Challenge.
We also support our local community through sponsorship at events such as Farsley Community Festival and Horsforth Beer Festival and other local business and community events.
Every year each member of staff is given 2 working days to undertake voluntary work to support our local communities. In 2018 staff spent time with a local charity at Lineham Farm Children’s Centre doing much needed maintenance, repair and improvement work in the outdoor areas loved so much by the children that spend time there on residential trips.
Aware of the environmental impact of the construction industry, Adept was an early adopter of UK Civil Engineers Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency.
Committed to the Construction Industry Strategy 2025 to lower industry’s carbon emissions by 50% and reducing carbon in our designs, we assess the environmental impact of the structural design we create and advise each client which option produces the least whole life environmental impact.
Environmental targets and objectives are set within our Environmental and Social Value Policies and reviewed annually by the Board with new targets set for the following year. This ensures we mitigate negative environmental impacts and at the same time, enhance positive impacts across our projects.
Building on our fundraising history, in 2019 we launched our new corporate social responsibility and ethics brand logo, ‘Engineering Ethics’. Making a difference is very important to us and ‘Engineering Ethics’ embodies our approach and commitment to social responsibility. We are very aware of the wider impact of our business and giving something back to the community is a main focus for Adept.
We embrace fundraising initiatives for charitable causes and our staff dedicate two annual working days to volunteering. Very recently a number of staff took part in litter picking on Ilkley Moor.
In July 2019, 15 members of the Adept team took part in the notorious Tough Mudder challenge to raise money for St Vincent’s, a local charity who support vulnerable families who are living in poverty.
We raised a fantastic £1,750 for this fantastic cause !
Continuing our commitment to making a positive impact on local charities and community initiatives is an integral part of Adept’s vision for the future.