CIHT Awards 2016

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The CIHT Awards 2016 took place on Thursday 09 June at the Pavilion at the Tower of London.

Congratulations to all of the winners and runners-up. You can read about the winning projects below. To read about all of the shortlisted entries, including the highly commended and commended projects, please download the:  CIHT Awards Supplement 2016
 

 

CHIT Institution Award 

Winner: Graham Dalton - BSc(Eng) ACGI MBA CEng FICE FCIHT
 

Graham Dalton InstitutionThe CIHT Board of Trustees are delighted to select Graham Dalton as the winner of this year’s Institution Award, for his leadership at the Highways Agency and work in transforming the Agency into Highways England.

Graham Dalton graduated from Imperial College in 1983, and completed his professional training with British Rail on its Western and Southern regions. He then moved to consultant Mouchel to lead design teams on large power station contracts in China and the Middle East. In the early ‘90s, he and his young family relocated to Doha in Qatar, where he was Mouchel’s in-country lead for a series of large consultancy appointments.
 
Returning to the UK in 1995, Graham returned to rail, in the midst of the BR privatisation process. Working for contractor Bovis, Graham held a series of project manager roles, delivering re-signalling contracts in Essex, Surrey and Kent – an exciting time in a rapidly changing rail industry.
 
2001 saw a second wave of change in rail and Graham was recruited to the Strategic Rail Authority, where he led the Thameslink programme through a troubled consents process. With the closure of the SRA in 2005, Graham was appointed Major Projects Director in the Department for Transport, where he established a client capability for large rail investments.
 
In 2008, Graham was appointed Chief Executive of the Highways Agency. After regaining control of the Agency’s major projects programme, and building a new collaborative relationship with the Agency’s key suppliers, Graham led the Highways Agency through the recession and the austerity budget of 2010. The Agency’s growing reputation under Graham’s leadership, with effective cost efficiency and improving performance on the network, set it in good shape as government interest in infrastructure investment grew.
 
Throughout his seven years at the Highways Agency, Graham knew that the business, its suppliers and its customers would benefit from a long-term planning horizon and committed funding similar to other utility sectors. Working with the Agency’s first Chairman, Alan Cook, Graham made the case for HA to become an arms length company – a change that was
achieved in April 2015, with the launch of Highways England Ltd.
 
Since stepping down as CEO last summer, Graham has been supporting The World Bank in India and sampling the transport systems of mainland Europe.
 

CIHT / Balfour Beatty Young Professional Award 

Winner:  Ed Downer - Principal Transport Planner, Jacobs

Ed Downer YP
This year’s winner is Ed Downer, who has been nominated by CIHT North West in recognition of his contributions to the organisation across the North of England. Ed has been an active member of CIHT since his early career, joining the Institution’s North Eastern branch in 2007. He became one of the youngest members of the committee and in this capacity established the first Young Professionals Group in the region. He later took on the role of Communications Officer and, in March 2013, launched the CIHT North East regional newsletter that is still in circulation today, with a readership of over 500 members.
 
Since moving to Manchester in late 2013, Ed has developed his role as a graduate mentor, training co-ordinator and technical lead. He has mentored four staff through the Jacobs UK Graduate Development Programme and actively encouraged participation in the company’s employee networks. Ed is one of the region’s leading representatives at academic institutions, having hosted CIHT careers events at Newcastle and Salford Universities, and lectured on highways and transportation, forging essential links with the academic world.
 
Professionally, Ed draws on his experience in traffic modelling and GIS packages to help promote the benefits of modelling data to wider audiences. He has also taken the lead on delivering innovative, web-based solutions to promote good practice in sustainable travel to key clients in the Greater Manchester area.
 
Since transitioning to CIHT North West, Ed has been appointed Chair of the Young Professionals Committee. Building on his successes in the North East, he established a Young Professionals Group for Greater Manchester in 2014, which currently has more than 50 members. More recently, Ed represented the Institution at a national level, organising the inaugural CIHT FUTURES event in Manchester, as well as other CIHT panels and conferences.
 
Ed is an excellent example to emerging professionals, of how being an active member of the Institution can open a number of doors to personal development and recognition. His work on behalf of the Institution has enabled him to raise the profile of the industry among younger members, including those making career choices at university.
 
Professionally, he is recognised as an innovative, approachable and reliable individual who can deliver high quality projects, as well someone who can promote the industry on a wider level through his mentoring and training roles.
 
This award recognises Ed’s dedication to furthering and promoting the industry across the North of England, providing a high-quality roadmap to success for young professionals wishing to follow in his footsteps.
 

CIHT / Tarmac Health & Safety at Work Award

Winner: Off Side Signs Removal: On-Road Trials Programme - TRL, Highways England and the Road Workers’ Safety Forum
 

One of the highest risk situations faced by road workers, occurs when they cross to and from the central reserve of a high speed carriageway to install and remove Health and Safety at Workroadworks signings, whilst traffic is still running. Highways England, together with its research provider TRL and the Road Workers’ Safety Forum (RoWSaF), set out to eliminate the risks associated with this practice, whilst not increasing the risk to road users. This work developed and introduced the off side signs removal (OSSR) technique which is now universal across the Highways England network, and is also used extensively on other strategic networks in the UK and overseas.
 
Highways England supports its use on all dual carriageways for short-term works and it is being used for this purpose on roads in local authority areas and in Scotland, with adoption in Wales proposed.
 
Highways England is considering further expansion of its use, with the long-term aim of using OSSR at all road works across the Strategic Road Network.

 

The estimated monetised value of cost savings associated with reduced injuries following the introduction of the OSSR is £9m annually, year-on-year. The research programme cost was £0.5m, giving first year benefit cost ratio (BCR) of 18:1. This only reflects injury reduction costs; OSSR also reduces the cost and time for implementing roadworks, but this has not been included.
 
Judges’ Comments
The judges considered that this programme represented a dramatic step change in the working on dual carriageways in the UK, by reducing the number of signs needed in roadworks without adverse safety impact. This innovative and ground breaking approach contributes most obviously to road worker safety, but also to driver and passenger safety, risk elimination and congestion reduction.
 

CIHT/Costain Sustainable Transport Award

Winner: Mini-Holland in Waltham Forest: The Walthamstow Village Scheme - London Borough of Waltham Forest
 

Sustainable TransportAs part of the Mini-Holland Programme, the Walthamstow Village scheme has provided the opportunity to test out radical solutions to reduce rat-running, deliver public realm enhancements, and improve safety and convenience for cyclists and pedestrians. The scheme was piloted for two weeks in September 2014, and featured eight temporary closures using surplus barriers, trees in planters, and street furniture, all of which were constructed from low-cost and recycled materials. Through extensively engaging with the community by effectively creating a ‘living’ consultation, the Council, residents, and businesses were able to better understand the changes in real-life situations and shape the final designs.
 
The scheme attracted local and national press coverage for its radical approach, and has received external recognition for the approach taken from engagement and consultation with residents and businesses. A subsequent positive public consultation was held in winter 2014 and the scheme was officially opened in September 2015 by Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner, and Simon Smits, Dutch Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
 
The final scheme has transformed the local area with dramatically lower traffic levels and more space for people to enjoy, walk, and cycle to and through. Furthermore, new public spaces, street art and pocket parks have been introduced in areas formally used by traffic. The scheme has also encouraged more businesses to open in the area, leading to increased economic and employment opportunities.
 
Due to its success, its principles have been implemented permanently and mainstreamed in schemes across the borough.

Judges’ Comments
This scheme shows how street networks laid out before the era of the car, can be transformed to create a calmer and safer environment for the benefit of residents and businesses, whilst prioritising walking and cycling over motor traffic. The judges were impressed with the in-depth online and face-to-face engagement process, including ‘live consultation’, whereby the traffic and environmental proposals were first created in temporary form to show people and politicians what was possible. The model has huge potential for replication, as demonstrated by further schemes in progress. The entry clearly addressed the competition criteria and was attractively presented.
 

CIHT Sustainability Award

Winner: Scotland’s Street Lighting Energy Efficiency Programme - Scottish Futures Trust, Edinburgh City Council, West Dunbartonshire Council, Zero Waste Scotland, Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland, COSLA, Scotland Excel, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government

 
The Scottish Street Lighting Energy Efficiency Programme was established to accelerate councils’ investment in energy efficient street lighting, in order to lower operating costs and reduce carbon emissions. The programme is administered by a steering group of public sector organisations which includes representation from all 32 Scottish Councils.
 
 Street lighting accounts for up to 25% of a council’s electricity bill. Scotland’s 900,000 street lights consume 385GWhr of electricity annually at a cost of £41m and release 205,000tCO2e into the atmosphere.
 
As part of the programme, over a third of Scotland’s councils have already been supported in securing whole estate investment for street lighting conversion to LED. 
 
The number of LED street lights now installed in Scotland has increased to over 125,000, a 12-fold increase in the last two years. This has saved councils £7.66m in avoided electricity and maintenance costs, and reduced carbon emissions by 24,500tCO2e. Investment in LED lighting is expected to rise to £337m by 2021 and save 2.6mtCO2e over the next 20 years. Scottish councils are planning to invest £56m in 2016-17, which will double the number of installed LEDs to 250,000 by March 2017, increasing savings to £20m and reducing CO2e by 65,000t.
 
Following a street light replacement programme to change to LED lighting, Galloway Forest Park became Britain’s first Dark Sky Park, which has led to a boost in tourism.
 
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Before LED and After LED
Judges’ Comments
The judges were impressed by the real environmental benefits being realised by the programme, in terms of reduced carbon emissions and the prospect for even greater future benefits. Active engagement with SMEs to drive innovation is notable, and the programme played a substantial role in the development of new standards and guidance. The programme has met its objective of accelerating the implementation of energy efficient street lighting, and has done so through proactive engagement with a complex range of stakeholders, through a partnership collaborative approach. The wider implementation potential of the programme is particularly attractive. A worthy award winner.
 

CIHT/Ringway Innovation Award

Winner: Barrier Master - A-one+ Integrated 

 

InnovationA-one+ set clear objectives to identify and introduce an innovative approach to barrier post removal into the highway maintenance industry, eliminate the wellestablished industry method, and realise industry wide benefits.
 
A-one+ wanted to change the method of post extraction and challenge industry standard methods which have been well established for over 30 years. They examined current methods used across the industry in the UK and abroad, explored innovative and alternative equipment, collaborated with manufacturers, contractors and undertook extensive trials and research.
 
In late 2014, A-one+ trialled an excavator mounted prototype post puller and quickly realised its potential. They then worked with the designer and manufacturer to further trial and develop the equipment. In early 2015, the development of Barrier Master was complete, with various size models suitable for attaching to an excavator or lorry mounted crane. This Barrier Master range became available to the wider industry in June last year.
 
Barrier Master has delivered clear benefits since 2015:
  • Improved safety issues associated with traditional methods of post removal elimination
  • The annual cost of congestion on Highways England network is £3billion, 25% of which is caused by incidents and emergency repairs. Barrier Master is quicker and more efficient, so unplanned lane closure duration is reduced by an estimated 450hrs/year across contracts
  • Lower accident damage repair and construction costs
  • Safer Strategic Road Network through increased outputs and fewer outstanding barrier repairs
Barrier Master is an innovative solution that is faster, safer, more efficient and economical, which benefits contractors, clients, the workforce and road users.
 
Judges’ Comments
In a strong field of entries, the Barrier Master solution caught the eye of the judges as an innovation that stood out on many levels. Given the safety critical nature of removing vehicle restraint systems (VRS) within challenging operational environments, the Barrier Master solution provides a highly effective and efficient method of hydraulically extracting embedded posts, using an agile mounting, attached to either a lorry mounted crane or small excavator. The judges were particularly impressed with its contribution to workforce safety, by virtue of its method of operation, whereby 100% of the extraction (pulling) force is transferred back into the ground, and its agility of operation, permitting an extraction rate to be achieved, far higher than for more traditional methods, thus greatly reducing exposure time. Having been extensively trialled and tested during its developmental phase, the judges were strongly of the view that the Barrier Master innovation has made a significant contribution to the operational and safety performance of VRS post removal.
 

CIHT Technology Award

Winner: Project YELLOW - Colas Limited

 

TechnologyAlthough considerable advances have been made in recent years to lower the risk to road workers through various industry initiatives, incidents involving Impact Protection Vehicles (IPVs) continue to pose a major threat to road worker safety.

As a leader in innovation, research and design, Colas’ Project YELLOW applies the latest advances in technology, to reduce the risk of IPV collisions. The system is based on clear principles and outcomes to deliver an effective, practical solution to protect road workers and road users in high risk situations, and has been recognised as the most developed system of its kind in the industry.
 
Project YELLOW grew from a partnership with Aximum (a Colas Group company) and analytics specialist Foxstream.
 
When the thermal cameras installed detect a vehicle that poses a collision risk, an audible and visual warning is provided to the workforce, and a change in the IPV lighting is initiated, to alert the road user to the presence of the works. In addition, a wireless alarm warns operatives working downstream. Colas aims to further develop Project YELLOW to ensure the system can operate without any input from the IPV driver. In addition, the vehicles will be equipped with GPS and IoT (Internet of Things) for real-time monitoring of vehicle movements.
 
Project YELLOW has significant potential for wider deployment, including in emergency and roadside recovery vehicles. Colas continues to innovate with its autonomous IPV system to be trialled in 2016, with an anticipated roll-out company-wide in 2017.
 
Judges’ Comments
A great example of how thermal imaging technology has been harnessed to improve both road worker and wider public safety, at the same time as delivering wider maintenance benefits. Building on operational experience, the approach has the potential for wider application, including roadside recovery and emergency vehicles. It is particularly pleasing to see the openness with which the success of the project is being shared across the industry.
 

CIHT Partnerships Award

Winner: Cycle Superhighway 2 Upgrade - Transport for London and Ringway Jacobs Limited

 

PartnershipsCycle Superhighway Route 2 upgrade is a Transport for London (TfL) project awarded through the London Highways Alliance Contract (LoHAC) to Ringway Jacobs (RJ). The scheme provides a segregated route for cyclists from Aldgate to Bow Roundabout along the A11. It utilises pioneering features such as ‘floating’ bus islands and ‘early release’ signals for cyclists, aiming to improve safety and the user experience, in addition to enhancing the public transport network with the provision of bus priority features. 

The 4.5km cycle route contained 1780 retail, office and residential addresses, 40 bus stops, five underground stations, churches, mosques, schools, a hospital, a university and a market, in addition to up to 13,000 vehicles per hour. It was essential that everyone worked together to complete the scheme safely, to programme and with minimal community disruption.

The partnership began with TfL, RJ and their contractor utilising shared office space, working together to proactively action issues identified. This evolved to include the wider TfL community, local residents, businesses, Tower Hamlets and adjacent major projects. The team championed community engagement to minimise disruption to all stakeholders. This incorporated adapting works to assist local events and religious festivals, reviewing and amending pedestrian management as a result of consultation with visually impaired groups, and providing ongoing support for local businesses.

The scheme reached completion in early April. Without the innovative, integrated methodology adopted by the team, this could not have been achieved. The partnership working model utilised throughout this scheme, has been established as best practice and shared throughout LoHAC, TfL and RJ.
 
Judges’ Comments
This was a complex project which used the partnership to enhance delivery and to deal with multi-faceted consultation, addressing the demands of all users of the network who would be impacted upon by the project. The judging panel liked the way the quality of the partnership was measured and that this ensured that the project met both partners’ and community needs. They also recognised the value that had been derived from an open and honest partnership arrangement, including development of close working relationships between partners. The panel were also convinced that the project had developed something that was repeatable across other complex transport projects.
 

CIHT/Mouchel Streets and Places Award

Winner: St Mary: A Walkable Village -  States of Jersey, Department for Infrastructure

 

Streets & PlacesThe project, the first of its kind in Jersey, aimed to reduce community severance created by two parallel distributor roads that run through the rural village of St Mary. The roads are narrow and had few facilities for pedestrians. During the initial consultation, the community reported a reluctance to walk to and between the village facilities (school, shop, community centre and churches) due to the intimidating speed and volume of through traffic.


A project board was created, combining the technical project team with political and community representatives, to influence the design and ensure community engagement.

With a combination of virtual footways, wheel chair accessible field paths, and traffic calming, east/west and north/south walking routes have been created. These walking routes connect the village facilities with homes and nearby 15mph green lanes. 

Granite, a local material, was used extensively in the table tops at the church/pub and the school, maintaining the historic character and individual identity of the village. Community and pedestrian space has also been created at both locations, by road narrowing and utilising unused areas of carriageway.

Objectives have been met, with a reported reduction in road traffic collisions, increased bus use, and many more pedestrians using the paths and benefiting from cars stopping at the courtesy crossings. Bus facilities have been significantly improved by re-locating stops to sites where pedestrian refuge areas and shelters have been provided.

By introducing traffic calming, built with good quality materials, and pedestrian friendly facilities, the village is no longer a disparate collection of houses strung along two busy through roads, but a well-defined attractive village where residents are happy to walk.

Judges’ Comments
The judges liked the generous scope of this scheme and the way in which it sought to address wider village issues. It is an excellent example of public consultation and engagement, and shows how rural villages can be transformed for moderate budgets.
 

CIHT John Smart Road Safety Award

Winner: A720 Sheriffhall Roundabout: Lane Transgression Mitigation with the Intelligent Road Stud - Transport Scotland, Clearview Intelligence, BEAR Scotland, Amey and Edinburgh Napier University

 

Road SafetySheriffhall is a six arm, spiral-marked roundabout, forming a junction of the Edinburgh City Bypass, with an important regional route and a key local route. Statistics show over the past ten years, that Sheriffhall has had the highest number of collisions of any roundabout on the Scottish Trunk Road Network.

Analysis suggested the failure of drivers to react to the complexity of the lane markings was one of the main causation factors of collisions. However, the challenge facing the design team was that all traditional forms of lane discipline reinforcement had been exhausted.

The roundabout approaches featured multiple sets of lane designation signs and markings; in addition, a comprehensive lighting scheme ensured clarity in all conditions.

The aim of the project was to find a new way to reduce the number of lane transgressions at the roundabout, thereby reducing conflicts and collision risk. In response to the challenge, LEDpowered, intelligent road studs were introduced.

The studs encourage drivers to stay within their lane by drawing drivers’ attention to the delineation of the existing markings and guide them through the roundabout. To ensure that only the appropriate traffic movements receive the guidance, illumination of the studs is coordinated with the corresponding green traffic signal.
 
The scheme has been a great success. Independent research conducted at the roundabout has shown a reduction in lane transgressions of up to 60%. A downward trend in collisions after implementation, also means that consideration is being given to further sites on the Scottish Trunk Road Network.
 
Judges’ Comments
The panel was impressed by this solution to poor lane discipline on a large six-arm roundabout leading to high collision frequency, including an over-representation of older drivers. Thorough analysis lead to innovative use of illuminated studs to highlight lane alignment in all conditions, including wet and dry, and daytime as well as at night with greatest benefits at moderate flows when lane transgressions were high and when an error is more likely to lead to a collision than at times of low flow. Benefits are strong with ‘after’ casualty rates better than half those previously recorded and improvements in all conditions. There is good scope for application to other locations where similar problems occur.
 

CIHT/Gatwick Airport Major Projects Award

Winner: A465 Section 3 Dualling: Brynmawr to Tredegar -  Carillion Civil Engineering, Arup, TACP, Arcadis and Jacobs

 

Major ProjectsThe A465 Heads of the Valleys trunk road provides a strategically important link between the Midlands and southwest Wales. The Heads of the Valleys region suffers from long-standing high unemployment, unfavourable image and limited transport infrastructure. The investment in the A465 was identified by Welsh Government as a key opportunity to support regeneration.

The team set-out to increase value for Wales, by delivering first-class modern infrastructure and making sure that economic benefits were maximised in the local Welsh economy.

It has been delivered with care for the environment and its neighbours. The team have made a real difference to the social and economic wellbeing of the Heads of the Valleys.

Procured by the Welsh Government as an ECI Contract in March 2010, Section 3 is 7.8km, running from Tredegar to Brynmawr. Completed in September 2015, on-time and under the budget set in 2009.

The team of Carillion, Arup, TACP, Arcadis and Jacobs were fully integrated in a shared openplan office. An innovative ‘light-touch’ approach enabled the team to support each other, while avoiding wasteful and inefficient job shadowing.

Delivery highlights include:
  • The UK’s first National Skills Academy for Construction on a highways scheme
  • 24 Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships
  • Provided 155 weeks of work experience
  • Diverted 99.3% of site waste from landfill
  • Zero defects at handover
  • Use of BIM visual planning integrating time, cost, temporary works and earthwork solutions has supported ‘right-first-time’ delivery
Judges’ Comments
The construction provided benefits, including training and employment to the local community. The innovative adaptation of the initial concept through smart engineering delivered value in the actual construction.
 

CIHT/VINCI Concessions Asset Management Award

Winner: The Traffic-Speed Structural Survey of the Strategic Road Network - TRL and Highways England

 

Asset ManagementUntil recently, it was only possible to measure pavement structural condition using disruptive slow speed techniques, preventing network level assessment. A development programme sponsored by Highways England, with research undertaken by TRL, has delivered a network survey called the Traffic Speed Structural Survey (TRASS), which utilises a new device called the Traffic-speed Deflectometer (TSD).

Three annual TRASS surveys of Lane 1 have been carried out to provide asset information on the structural condition of each 100m segment of the network. The survey data is loaded into Highways England’s Pavement Management System, where it is combined with pavement construction data and history to determine the structural condition. The data provides an estimate of the remaining life of the pavement, reported as its Network Structural Condition Category (NSC), which is used to support decisions on maintenance. Where TRASS reports sound structural condition, but there is surface deterioration, engineers are now able to make direct recommendations on surface treatments, without the need for costly, disruptive structural investigations.

The TRASS survey has been successfully implemented for network-wide structural assessment, directly influencing the management of all flexible pavements over their lifetime. It is an important tool in supporting Highways England’s strategy for network level asset management.

The benefits of the TRASS survey include reduced survey costs per km, no need for traffic management, reduced user delays resulting from road closures, improved maintenance through the enhanced data provided, and significantly reduced risks to road workers. Even a pessimistic analysis has demonstrated that submitted survey cost savings have been provided by the TSD.

Judges’ Comments
The judges were very impressed by this submission, which describes the TDS journey from applied research to routine use on the Highways England Trunk Road Network. This first time innovative approach to the collection of structural condition at traffic speed, enables the identification of maintenance needs, both at the network and project level, with significant economic and safety benefits. It clearly demonstrates the benefits of long-term research, focused on measuring the performance of assets, and the potential for wider application on the UK Principal Road Network and internationally.
 

CIHT/Department for Transport Reducing Sign Clutter Award

Winner: The Fishergate Central Gateway Project - Lancashire County Council

Reducing Sign ClutterThe Fishergate Central Gateway project (FCG) is part of a major city centre transformation scheme, creating a high quality public realm gateway in the centre of Preston.

The scheme was one of the first in Lancashire to take full advantage of the 2011 TSRGD amendment regulations and the area-wide authorisations and special directions documents. From the concept stage onwards the impact of street clutter, signs and lines was placed clearly on the project agenda.

At all stages of this project, the public and stakeholders were kept informed of the plans, including public exhibitions, where engineers involved in the sign strategy were present to discuss the clutter ethos being pursued.

The lessons learnt from this project instructed the delivery of future schemes throughout the county, ensuring a consistent anti-clutter ethos is adopted throughout the authority.

The project started with a design brief of zero signs or lines. Then as enforceability and driver instruction was considered, it was necessary to install some signs, however every location was challenged and justification required before it was accepted as necessary; it was also agreed that signs were less intrusive than lines.

The lessons learnt during this project contributed to the council’s sign clutter policy and in line with the ‘signing the way’ recommendations, the council have a senior officer who now holds a ‘Traffic Sign Design Professional Certificate’ at expert level. A culture of check, challenge and correct is encouraged, to ensure that mistakes or over prescribed signs are captured before they make it onto the highway.
 
Judges’ Comments
Fishergate in Preston impressed the judges with the clear administrative process used, based on a culture of ‘check, challenge and correct’. This logical and thorough approach to the principle that a scheme should start with nothing and only include what is truly required is exactly what the judges would like to see universally applied.
 

CIHT/Colas Skills Development Award

Winner: National Employment Strategy and Training Programme - Chevron Traffic Management Limited

SkillsChevron has succeeded in implementing arange of diverse employment and training strategies to improve their workforce’s core skills, whilst demonstrating aligned benefits to society and reducing unemployment; building a long-term trained workforce for Chevron’s business, as well as the highways industry.

Each one of Chevron’s core recruitment initiatives, along with tailored training and development plans, demonstrate real organisational vision and commitment, giving real people from a varied range of backgrounds real opportunities. During 2015-16 Chevron employed 60 new additional trainee operatives, now 14% of their current operational workforce. This comprises of:

Local apprenticeship organisations: Working together to develop a unique programme to recruit young unemployed people living locally to depots to develop the next generation
Ex-armed forces personnel: Bringing immediate transferable and technical skills, considerable unrivalled experience from high pressurised situations to the highways sector
Employment of ex-offenders: This not only offers ex-offenders a smooth transition into employment, but provides them with training, as well as the potential to enjoy a long-term career. Such routes to employment are vital, as statistics from the Ministry of Justice show that the re-offending rate is lower for ex-offenders who enter employment compared to those who do not
In-house LANTRA Awards Training Centre: Chevron employs a full time training and quality manager, who oversees an annual spend of more than £350,000 pa on traffic management skills, training and development
ClearTrack performance coaching: A long-term programme set to provide the senior management team, as well as delivery managers, area managers and supervisors, leadership and coaching support
 
Judges’ Comments
Chevron has developed an innovative skills development programme to improve employee core skills and reduce unemployment. What is most striking about the initiative is the way it is engaging the community and a wide range of marginalised groups – unemployed and young people, ex-servicemen, ex-offenders – in a sustainable manner. The setting up of an inhouse accredited training centre, achievement of a supplier award for building capacity and capability, all demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to training, development and recruitment. It is encouraging to see a vision for long-term engagement with the community to augment expanding and developing the skills of its workforce, and attract new entrants, not only for its own benefit but for the benefit of individuals and the sector as well. The submission contains compelling evidence to support the impact of Chevron’s visionary approach, endorsed by a supporting letter from the operations manager of the British Forces Resettlement Services.