Local People & Skills
Local People & Skills Strategy
Our Local People & Skills Strategy aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4 and 5.
3: Good health and well-being – ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.
4: Quality Education – ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
5: Gender Equality – achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Recruiting Local People
We employ over 3,700 people across the UK, and the vast majority live in the local communities around their depots or offices.
Our people journey begins with our recruitment process. We are an equal opportunities employer, offering opportunities to all. Our careers website handles our recruitment process and allows us to collect socio-economic statistics. We believe our diversity statistics are representative of the communities in which we work. We are currently attracting applications from all sectors of society.
We also work with several social enterprises to help encourage applications from certain groups of people or geographic areas. An example of this is our partnership with All Together Cumbria.
We spend £2.5m pa on our award-winning apprenticeship scheme. We currently have around 120 local apprentices working across the UK in a variety of operational and support roles:
- Plant maintenance
- Service technician
- Accommodation maintenance
- Mechanical engineering
- Business administration
- Hire desk
- Payroll and finance
Our apprenticeship team starts to take applications for most schemes in spring each year, and recruit for our hire desk apprenticeship all year round. You can register your interest through our recruitment portal and we will send you a message when we start to recruit by clicking here.
Training and Skills
Our in-house training team offers our people the opportunity for self-development and career progression at every step of their journey. From an initial induction through to a blend of classroom, onsite training and e-learning, our people have the ability to take control over their own learning.
Our in-house Training and Talent and Development teams are there to support as their career progresses, and work with you an your projects to promote learning through local community initiatives.
Ethical Employment – The Living Wage
We were proud to be the first rental company in the UK to voluntarily pay our people the Real Living Wage.
The 5% Club
We are a member of The 5% Club – creating shared prosperity across the UK by driving ‘earn and learn’ skills training opportunities.
We commit that 5% of our workforce will always be earning whilst they are learning.
All Together Cumbria is an innovative social enterprise working in partnership with industry and the community.
It provides people in Cumbria with greater opportunity and access to employment, and aims to reduce the skills gaps that exist within Cumbria today and potentially in the future.
We are proud to be the first business partner within the rental sector to collaborate on providing employment opportunities from our depot locations at Whitehaven, Egremont, Carlisle and Penrith.
“Thank you to Sunbelt and Hilti for an outstanding day - our apprentices learned so much! It is so important to reinforce the message about ‘safety first’ – hearing hints and tips first-hand from the experts and being able to ‘have a go’ is invaluable. Our students all learnt how to get the best out of their equipment which will help them work more efficiently and safely on site!” John White MBE, Operations Director, The Skills Centre Limited.
Wellacre Academy Careers Day
We were pleased to support 137 year 10s from Wellacre Academy in Trafford at their careers day with advice about pathways into the construction industry, as well as practice interview sessions.
We were thrilled that two of the boys emailed to gain a place on our apprenticeship scheme before the afternoon had finished. One told us, “I enjoyed it because I learnt some of the questions that I would be asked and how to answer them well when I go for a job.”