Lendlease’s BeOnsite wins prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

10 Jun 2022

A social enterprise, which focuses on helping people from excluded groups find sustained employment in the property sector, has won a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of promoting opportunity through social mobility.

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BeOnsite helps people start a career in the built environment industry – and, with it, a new chapter in their life. More than 950 people have built life-long skills, careers, support systems and futures for themselves thanks to support from the BeOnsite team. 

Lendlease, launched BeOnsite in 2007 and the organisation is dedicated to helping people from disadvantaged groups find work in the construction industry. Their offer of specialist on-the-job training has led to long-term employment for people who are unemployed, homeless, ex-offenders, serving prisoners, those from disadvantaged communities and those who are disabled.  

BeOnsite is not about simply placing any single person into any one job. Their focus and expertise lies with progression and genuine career paths.  BeOnsite understands that supporting employees as they develop their skills and workplace behaviours is critical in order to achieve truly sustainable opportunities for all.

Now in its 56th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards Emblem for the next five years. BeOnsite was one of only nine companies to win an award in the Promoting Opportunity category. 

Michael, who was supported by BeOnsite, said: “It was amazing to know that I had come so far from where I had been. BeOnsite did so much to keep me moving on the same progressive path which has given me even more self-confidence. My family are really happy that I've done so well and tell me every now and again to remember where I have come from and to continue to keep at it. They all think I'm hard-working and I’m so proud of that fact.” 

Jessica Mellor-Clark, Head of BeOnsite, said: “The Queen’s Award is a huge honour for BeOnsite and a testament to the hard work of everyone involved in helping people gain employment in the construction industry. Stable, well-paid employment changes lives for the better, so together we can all make a difference both in construction, the wider industry and our society.”