risual have a passion to create opportunities for young people. Over the last eighteen months we have created over 30 new apprenticeship opportunities within risual. These posts cover Business Administration, Support Engineer, HR, Marketing Sales and Service Delivery and represent nearly 20% of the overall workforce. We are working various organisations to support their drive to encourage young people into opportunities into Science, Technology and Engineering and the Inspiring the Future initiative.
We encourage our young people to think big and work hard. We support their career choices and provide opportunities for them to experience different parts of the business, support their technical qualification and ensure they have sight of the future ahead of them. We see these people as our future leaders and encourage them to see that also.
We proactively seek individuals from local schools to attend our work experience programme, allowing them insight into different parts of the business and supporting local schools in providing real work experience opportunities.
I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who my son Jack has been involved with during his work experience. He is really enjoying it but he’s come home today really buzzing and fired up as he’s been involved in the areas of IT that he’s really interested in. He has said everyone is so nice and what a great company risual is. This has been a really useful work experience. Very professional & well organised. Thank you all for making him welcome. Parent of Work Experience student, July 2017.
Our STEM working group is chaired by our Operations Director providing support and representation at Board level. We also engaged employers in the national STEM Ambassador programme, allowing and encouraging our employees to volunteer their time, enthusiasm and experiences to encourage and motivate young people to achieve more and progress further in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We have a number of trained official STEM Ambassadors and actively seek opportunities to support to inspire and engage young people in STEM subjects.
We hold the Living Wage Accreditation. By paying the real Living Wage, risual are voluntarily taking a stand to ensure our employees earn a fair wage. Our apprentices receive twice the government national living wage whilst training and far exceed this values as they graduate. This fairness extending to our suppliers, is at the heart of what risual believe and we choose to go fur ther than the government minimum.
We have demonstrated our commitment to gender equality in the workplace through our formal commitment to Think Act Report campaign. This pledge reaffirms our commitment to fairness openness and honesty and allows to identify any issues around gender equality and take action. We are driving several initiatives to improve gender equality in the workplace including supporting Chwarae Teg.
The group provide representation from across the business to ensure we hear the voice all the wide organisation and can create and develop actions plans with the greatest impact. Corporate and Social Responsibility is represented and embraced at Board level.
We take employee wellbeing seriously. We care about our people and are committed to supporting our people to feel happy and healthy at work and elsewhere. We have board-level sponsorship of our “Mothership Week”, a dedicated week packed with activities health checks, movement techniques, healthy eating advice, team and division updates. We encourage individuals in the pursuit of work\life balance and appreciate the recognise the contributions of our people.
Our employee benefits scheme includes pizza night, your birthday off, flowers for your partner’s birthday, free fruit and a comprehensive pension, death in service and medical insurance scheme and we engage with our younger employees through our benefits “top trumps” to help them understand the importance of pension, medical insurance and amongst their priorities.