2016 unwrapped – here are some key events for B&CE over the past year…

The year started with a bang. In January B&CE announced plans to acquire Constructing Better Health (CBH) from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). And come April, the deal was complete »  

The move paved the way to proactively engage with the construction industry on occupational health. The reason? So they can deliver an occupational health scheme that supports the industry and makes life better for those who work within it. They’ve made lots of progress (more on this below in ‘ out to improve workplace health for the construction industry’) and are looking forward to announcing our next steps in 2017.

Their customer service shone. In November they came top of the class at the Top 50 Companies for Customer Service awards, that’s best in the insurance and finance sector, best medium-sized call centre and best overall for customer service! More on our awards »

Cast your mind back to February… that’s when B&CE as provider of The People’s Pension joined forces with retirement specialists LV= to offer an online planning service to members approaching retirement.

And last – but definitely not least – there’s B&CE’s Charitable Trust… that’s how they give back to the construction industry. So far this year it’s paid out nearly £240,000 to help people in need in the industry – amazing right? Find out how we make a difference – watch our case study »

 

B&CE out to improve workplace health for the construction industry

Not long ago they asked what you thought the construction industry needs from an occupational health management scheme. The results are in!

Here’s what you told us:

•  Many in the construction industry don’t understand occupational health and occupational health providers don’t understand what the industry needs. This lack of understanding (and clarity) is at the heart of the problem.
•   This has resulted in inconsistencies and a lack of co-ordination in the approach to occupational health management.
•   And that has resulted in costly inefficiencies – eg repeat medicals, more administration.

All in all we’re left with poor outcomes for construction workers – a non-transferrable system and no effective long-term oversight of workers’ health.

Read the research report here for an analysis of our findings and conclusions »

Your feedback has been invaluable – thank you! We’ll update you with our next steps in the New Year – so watch this space!

Not open ‘all’ hours this Christmas

It’s almost time to down tools for Christmas – food shop done, presents wrapped? Not us! There’s lots to think about isn’t there. Here’s something to tick off your list though.

We will be around over the festive period, just in case you need to get in touch with us. There are some exceptions (nothing out of the ordinary). We’re closing from 4pm on Friday 23 December but we’ll be back (bellies full of Xmas pud) on Wednesday 28 December.

Why not browse our full Christmas and New Year office opening hours »

Supporting young people in construction

This October B&CE’s Charitable Trust, took to the House of Commons as key sponsors of the 2016 Young Builder of the Year Awards.

Now in their 17th year, the awards celebrate the achievements of young people who have overcome personal barriers to train and work for the construction industry. 

Nicola Sinclair, Charitable Trust Manager at B&CE, presented the award for 14 to 18 year olds still in education or training (including apprentices). She said:

“B&CE’s Charitable Trust aims to give back to the construction industry by providing grants towards education, training and retraining. That’s why it’s important for us to support these awards and celebrate the success YouthBuild is doing to help get more young people into the industry.” 

Find out more about the awards »

Charitable Trust – here to help

Know an organisation or individual who could use a bit of support from B&CE’s Charitable Trust? 

The Trust gives back to the construction industry. Its three aims are to provide:

1.    Financial help for people in times of need
2.    Grants towards education, training and retraining
3.    Grants towards occupational health and safety initiatives

Find out how to apply »