A labour supply specialist has launched a hard hat sticker scheme to encourage construction workers to talk about diversity and mental health.
Fortel Group has partnered with the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS) to launch the campaign.
Workers completing courses including the SCSS’ Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) ambassador programme, Mental Health First Aid training or Fortel Group’s own LGBTQ+ Ally training can wear hard hat stickers advertising the fact.
Fortel said the stickers will “highlight their expertise, as well as raising awareness on site as to who can be confidently and confidentially approached for conversations on these issues.”
Amar Sandhawalia, Fortel Group Chief Operating Officer, said: “The construction industry is making great strides towards creating a more diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds.
“Our team works with our clients and partners at sites across the UK and we hope that by launching this scheme, we can start positive conversations, as well as boost awareness of the fantastic training opportunities that are available.
“When someone goes out of their way to learn more about what they can do to help others feel comfortable in the workplace, we want them to be proud of that and encourage others to do the same.”
Ian Heptonstall, Director at the Supply Chain Sustainability School, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Fortel in rolling out their sticker scheme.
“This is a great initiative that encourages open conversations and will help nurture a more inclusive and respectful workplace culture.”
Fortel supplies more than 2,000 staff to more than 130 projects across the UK.