Colmore Tang Construction (CTC) has shown its commitment to supporting survivors of modern slavery by raising money for the Jericho Foundation – a charity which supports victims and helps them to secure, safe and sustainable employment.
Last month, during its first annual company conference at the Park Regis hotel in Birmingham, CTC joined forces with the charity to highlight the ever-increasing problem of modern slavery in the UK to 150 delegates, raising £2,570 for the charity.
It is estimated that there are over 13,000 individuals who are currently in modern slavery, and that Birmingham and the West Midlands has the highest concentration of survivors, outside of London.
Labour exploitation is the most recorded type of modern slavery. The construction sector accounts for approximately 10% of total employment (approximately three million jobs) in the UK and as such, is one of the industries identified as high risk for labour exploitation.
The Jericho Foundation – also based in Birmingham – is one of the only organisations in the UK with the expertise and resources to deliver a complete programme of work experience, training and tailored support to the survivors of modern slavery.
Richard Beard, CEO of the Jericho Foundation, said: “We are dedicated to helping survivors to end their dependency on state benefits and become an inclusive and integrated part of their local community, operating eight social enterprises across Birmingham to provide survivors with real work experience and on-the-job training. Our team of mentors and job coaches take a holistic approach when offering personal support, guidance and training with a view to helping survivors to become fulfilled, skilled and employed.
“To have the support of a major contractor like CTC is amazing. Not only are they helping to raise awareness of our work and modern slavery in construction, their generous donation will also help us to continue delivering our services to people in need.”
Andy Robinson, CEO of Colmore Tang, said: “When we learnt about the Jericho Foundation’s fantastic work, we knew we had to get involved. By introducing the charity’s work at our conference, we were able to raise thousands of pounds, including a generous donation of £1,000 from our supplier Hatt Kitchens.
“We sincerely hope that our support will make a difference.”
For more information about the Jericho Foundation visit www.jericho.org.uk