Higgins Construction employee Kevin Kelly has been named as the Highest Achiever at this year’s Land Securities Community Employment Awards. Established in 2011, the awards highlight the achievements of previously unemployed people who have gained employment through the Land Securities Community Employment Programme. The winners have had to overcome significant obstacles in getting back into the workplace, and have performed exceedingly well in their professional roles.
Kevin Kelly joined the team at Higgins as traffic marshall at Kings Crescent following a seven-year period of unemployment while caring for his parents in Hackney. Kevin did not let this affect his ability to perform his role, and upon his return to work became immediately known for his enthusiasm and willingness to go above and beyond his duties. He has become a valued member of the Higgins team, renowned as a hard worker and wise mentor.
Jeff Joseph, Community investment Manager for Higgins Construction comments, “Kevin Kelly is living proof that hard work and dedication pays off; as a mature person he has deservedly won the 2016 Award of Highest Achiever because he has simply applied himself. Due to his maturity and years of being in the industry he will be an excellent ambassador and mentor to any younger (or older) individuals looking to get on in the industry.
“Higgins are very pleased for Kevin; the Award gives recognition to his hard work, early starts and most importantly for all the times he has gone that extra mile to perform duties beyond his traditional job description. Kevin and Higgins look forward to being an Ambassador for the next 12 months.”
Kevin Kelly comments, “I am really pleased to have won this award. I have always worked in construction with my first role working on a building site during the school holidays aged 16. I enjoy working in the industry becuase every day is a different day, you never know what’s going to happen and that is the beauty of the role. It’s great seeing the buildings go up from nothing and to be able to see it every day until the end, it’s very historical as I can say to someone that I was here from the start.”
Higgins Group has worked in partnership with Land Securities, Tower Hamlets College and Mace in creating employment opportunities for local residents in Hackney at Kings Crescent.
Kings Crescent Estate is a large regeneration projectfor which work started in late 2014 to increase the number of Council homes for social renting from 195 to 275, renovating 101 existing ones to beyond the Decent Homes standard, as well as building 115 new homes for shared ownership and 376 for private sale to help pay for all the works in the absence of government funding. Higgins Group is working on the first phase of the five year programme to develop 273 new build properties and external refurbishment works to a further 101 homes.
Kings Crescent is part of Hackney Council’s borough-wide programme to deliver 2,760 homes across several estates.