Vauxhall receives community spirit award

Vauxhall Receives Community Spirit Award

Vauxhall has become the recipient of the 2014 Community Outreach Award at this year’s annual Northwest Automotive Alliance awards.

Commitment to the community

Presented to carmakers who show keen commitment to the wider community, the awards are designed to reward and encourage companies and the automotive industry as a whole.

Other criteria that the awards’ judges keep an eye out for is each company’s career opportunities, support of young people and future employees, as well as corporate social responsibility activities.

The awards’ judging panel found that Vauxhall’s plant in Ellesmere Port demonstrated exactly the kind of community outreach they were looking for at every level of its organisation.

Local education

According to the panel, Vauxhall also showed an ever-growing interest in local education, while its partnerships with trade unions helped it to cultivate talent and safeguard British manufacturing.

Vauxhall’s human resources director, Phil Millward, said: “In order to build a better community and support the everyday challenges of life, business has a critical role to play.

“This award reflects the time and energy invested by Vauxhall and the immense satisfaction gained from doing so.”

The Northwest Automotive Alliance cited an extensive list of achievements and initiatives that made Vauxhall stand head and shoulders above its competitors in the awards.

These includes Vauxhall’s Apprenticeship programme which has taken on nearly 40 new technical and commercial apprentices at the Ellesmere Port plant.

Of those new recruits, a number of them have also received commendations of their own over the past year, with accolades including the title of Student of the Year and the Award for Excellence.

Vauxhall’s newest generation of the ever-popular Astra is due to begin production in 2015 at the Ellesmere Port plant after the company specifically chose it to save local jobs.

As well as that, Vauxhall also runs an undergraduate programme and regularly visits schools in the North West to encourage students to take on careers and engineering-related subjects.

Vauxhall also has a history of encouraging social responsibility, after launching its official corporate social responsibility programme last year.

Since then, over 100 of the company’s employees have taken the time to support community projects, putting in almost 1,000 hours of time to help worthwhile causes.

As well as undergoing a marathon 12,000 mile trek in support of the Help for Heroes charity, Vauxhall also recently reported that it’s the latest carmaker to go landfill free.