We embrace diversity, flexibility, and strive for a happy and inclusive team environment across all our places of work
ODGroup recognises the importance of embracing everybODy to make our business a vibrant and accepting workplace, to make a positive impact in our local community and for each of our team to have a personally fulfilling experience.
We are committed to working together to have a positive influence on our industry and those we meet along the way.
At ODGroup we have a focused DE&I group who have set out an ambitious plan comprising of awareness days, training, and involvement with community organisations and charities to ensure we are making a contribution to positive change within our business and industry at large.
We aim to increase diversity by engaging and attracting new talent to the Group and into the industry from a cross-section of society, particularly underrepresented groups.
ODGroup has made a commitment to diversifying our talent pool through actively pursuing candidates via non-traditional recruitment channels. We are no longer reliant on recruitment agencies to source our people, but instead use a combination of online headhunting, social media campaigns, job boards, university careers portals, and local college link-ups, to actively engage with candidates with a variety of backgrounds and lived experiences.
We collect and analyse data on the make-up of our business to enable us to conduct yearly DE&I audits. As part of these audits we review our diversity statistics, demographics and trends in job applicants, internal promotions, and employee retention data, and use this information to continually shape our strategy, policies, processes, recruitment methods and workplace culture.
Our DE&I team deliver a bespoke training programme that aims to ensure that our recruitment process is fair and all our interactions within the business and beyond are as inclusive and unbiased as possible. It has become part of our official onboarding process and is being rolled out to everyone in the business.
Site Manager Academy
In October 2021, we launched our Site Manager Academy – redeploying candidates from military and other backgrounds into construction management careers.
We support candidates to use their existing skills and experiences in a different way – assisting them in achieving an NVQ Level 6 in Construction Site Management, providing on-the-job mentoring, and giving a clear career path through the business for those who wish to stay with us long-term.
ODGroup actively supports colleges and young people in our local area – most recently through our partnership with New City College Tower Hamlets.
We engage students aged 16-18 on carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing, electrical and plastering courses, supporting them with work experience placements. Our aim is to provide young people in our local community with an insight into the fit-out industry, and to give them transferable skills such as project management, project planning, business administration, and health and safety principles.
One of our previous work experience students from New City College had this to say about her time at OD:
“I am beyond thankful to have worked with ODGroup; and to have had the opportunity to learn about the different aspects of and pathways into construction.
This experience has not only helped me with my social and organisational skills, but has also made me confident in my decision to go into project management.
The team on-site and in the office have been welcoming, helpful and educative towards me, and have enlightened me about working in the construction industry.”
Every year we vote to select two charities to support from of a longlist chosen by our team, and raise money and awareness for these causes through activities and events that we organise throughout the year. These vary in size and theme, ranging from raffles to major physical challenges – the pinnacle of which is our annual long distance walk connecting all our live construction sites, which we have aptly named the ODGroup Site-to-Site.
In 2022 our Site-to-Site saw 35 ODGroup team members walk 28km from New Malden through Central London to Canary Wharf. The walk was divided into three phases so participants were able to choose how much of the walk they felt up to. Through the sterling efforts of our team we raised over £8,000 for Mind.
We also support everybODy’s chosen charitable endeavours, sharing to our network and donating to their chosen causes.