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Maxiflows contribution to Social Value

Maxiflow is a member of the Supply Chain Sustainability School. The organisation represents a common approach to addressing sustainability within our supply chains. Its partners include firms such as Balfour Beatty, BAM, Carillion, Galliford Try, Interserve and Sir Robert McAlpine.

Sustainability is an Important factor in Maxiflows commitment to Being carbon neutral as possible and rebuilding our relationship with our planet.

Paul Goulbourne, a member of our office team who is heading maxiflows initiative on “Social Values” has recently attended a course run by the Supply Chain Sustainability School. Social value is a way of thinking about how scarce resources are allocated and used. It involves looking beyond the price of each individual contract and looking at what the collective benefit to a community is when a public body chooses to award a contract.

By ensuring that Social Value is deeply embedded into our strategy, we can be sure to deliver on our Sustainability targets. As the community is at the heart of everything Maxiflow does “Social Value” is extremely important to us as an organisation.

Maxiflows strategy on Social value asks the question: “If £1 is spent on the delivery of services, can that same £1 be used, to also produce a wider benefit to the community?”

Our commitment to “Social Value” is currently:-

  • We provide employment for the local community.
  • We offer enhanced pay and conditions to our employees.
  • We work in partnership with West Cheshire College employing and providing training for many of our apprentices.
  • We provide in-house training to employees offering City and Guilds, NVQS and trade specific qualifications.
  • We prefer to deal with local suppliers, always ensuring that suppliers are paid promptly.
  • We support the local football team – Chester FC – Providing much needed sponsorship as Fabrication Improvement Partners.
  • We support war veterans. Many of our employees are ex-military and have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • We have contracts with local organisations such as MOD, CWAC, NHS and Chester Zoo.
  • Our workforce has a wide age demographic.
  • We employ people with a wide range of disabilities such as war veterans with PTSD.
  • We provide work experience schemes to students from local schools/colleges.

Maxiflow will continue to work with the Supply Chain Sustainability School to maximise our positive contribution to society and the local community that we serve.

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Investing in our future is starting to pay off!

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Maxiflow partnered with www.west-cheshire.ac.uk over 5 years ago to help us achieve our high standard of training for our team.

Dan Jessop joined Maxiflow as an apprentice joiner in January this year. Since joining Maxiflow Dan has gone from strength to strength and has been awarded Maxiflow – Employee of the month for May 2016.

Through Maxiflow’s apprentice scheme in partnership with www.west-cheshire.ac.uk Dan is gaining valuable working experience whilst also attending college where he is studying for his City and Guilds qualification in Joinery .

Dan has gained full marks in his recent exams at West Cheshire College and is – Top of the class. His tutors are extremely impressed with Dan’s progress and think he will go on to pass with flying colours.

Dan is looking forward to a promising career with Maxiflow and is already a valued member of the Maxiflow team.

Maxiflow’s employees are all highly-skilled and we have invested heavily in our apprentice scheme and e-learning programme. Our employees are at the core of everything that we do and as a result we have won many awards such as Considerate Construction. www.ccscheme.org.uk.

Maxiflow strives to maintain its excellent reputation in the local community. Providing employment and training opportunities for local people is an important part of Maxiflow’s culture helping us to achieve our aim of 100% customer satisfaction.

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Work shadowing in partnership with West Cheshire College

Maxiflow and West Cheshire College

We at Maxiflow have worked in partnership with our friends at West Cheshire College for a number of years now. We strongly believe that the construction industry presents desirable and fruitful career options for young people. West Cheshire College shares our beliefs, and they have long been supporters of our industry through apprenticeship schemes and other promotions, such as through job fairs and their advisory services.

Last week, a pair of students visited the Maxiflow offices as part of West Cheshire College’s work shadowing scheme. Business Studies students Steven and Will spent a few hours with us observing the day-to-day operations of a small to medium-sized business (SMB).

West Cheshire College Office Work Shadowing

Will and Steven spent time with several Maxiflow team members, talking about subjects such as marketing, web design, social media, accounting, project management and general business strategies. Both students were enthusiastic and asked questions which delved deeper into topics which were of particular interest to them.

We would like to thank Steven and Will for their time and attention, and hope that we provided some valuable information. We would also like to thank West Cheshire College for including us in their work shadowing scheme, and would be happy to participate again in the future.

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Shaping construction’s future with Apprenticeships and Work Experience schemes

Apprenticeships Working Together Celebration

It’s an exciting time to be part of the Maxiflow family! We are currently engaged in two important schemes which are helping to introduce young people to the construction industry.

The National Apprenticeship Service has helped us to discover talented young individuals from West Cheshire College and Mid-Cheshire College who have shown a passion for building and joinery.

We are proud to report that our apprentice Floyd has completed his first year with us, and his first year at West Cheshire College! We have featured his progress throughout the year on this blog, from his introduction to the company through being named Employee of the Month back in October.

Pictured below is director of Maxiflow Building Services Warren Beatty presenting Floyd with his Level 1 Key Skills in Communication certificate, a well-deserved celebration of a year’s hard work.

We would like to publicly congratulate Floyd and thank him for his excellent job performance!

Apprentice Floyd City and Guilds Certificate Presentation

At any age, it can be difficult to figure out a career for yourself. It can be especially tricky in high school, when the working world seems a million years away!

In conjunction with Working2gether we are delighted to reveal that we have undertaken the first stages of a brilliant new work experience scheme.

The term ‘work experience’ can conjure images of high school students arbitrarily assigned to shops, offices and other industries which may be entirely unsuited to their interests. This scheme aims to match students to a wide range of business types, which can help to foster their hobbies into professions.

The scheme is designed to encourage young people to apply their skills to a practical working environment. This is especially useful to students who are interested in jobs within the building trade, as the satisfaction that comes from creating something with your own hands can be appreciated first-hand.

This week, we have taken aboard a student named Tom from Upton High School in Chester. Tom has a keen interest in construction, particularly joinery and other forms of woodworking.

During his induction, Tom successfully completed two of our online training modules, achieving 86% in Asbestos Awareness and an incredible 100% in Manual Handling!

We will do our best to encourage Tom’s obvious natural talent during his time at Maxiflow and wish him the best of luck!

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New Maxiflow Apprenticeships In 2012

Maxiflow Apprenticeships in Cheshire

2011 is drawing to a close, but Maxiflow is already looking forward to the opportunities we will be presenting in 2012.

We are strengthening our partnership with West Cheshire College by offering new apprenticeships in our Building and Mechanical & Electrical divisions.

Maxiflow strongly believes that investing in people is the only way our industry will be able to move forward.

We hear anecdotes about teachers and career advisors unfairly characterising trade apprenticeships as a fallback solution or as a short-term stop gap, which can be harmful to the confidence and self-esteem of young people.

Skilled trades can offer a fulfilling career for many bright young people and we feel that it is important for this option to be presented in a positive manner which will attract the most enthusiastic candidates.

Maxiflow Young Apprentice in Chester

Our current apprentice Floyd has already shone in his role, surpassing everyone’s expectations in a short amount of time. He was named Employee Of The Month in October and has proven to be a valuable asset to the building team.

Floyd has recently been granted his own tool allowance, demonstrating our level of trust in his ability and our confidence in his capability to work independently.

We will be working with West Cheshire College to bring our new recruits aboard in the new year, so best of luck to everyone who wishes to be a part of the Maxiflow team!

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