At dock10 – we take our corporate and social responsibilities (CSR) seriously.
We’re proud of our position at the centre of Manchester’s creative hub and are dedicated to ensuring we’re a positive force to the local community and our surroundings. MediaCity is an exciting place to be – and we want everyone to share in, and be part of, the experience.
What have we been up to?
Our CSR initiatives span three key areas, all of which we constantly measure, review and seek to improve:
Supporting local communities
At dock10, we believe that nothing is quite as rewarding as working with local communities and ambitious young people to meet shared ambitions together. With that in mind we provide a variety of work experience, mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities and work with a number of local organisation to offer voluntary and charitable support.
Since 2013, we have conducted a work experience scheme, inviting people aged 16 and over to come to dock10 and get a taste for what we do. This weeklong programme offers the chance for participants to shadow experienced team members across all our departments, providing a rounded flavour of what TV production is all about.
We also work with the Salford Foundation to provide mentoring and work-related skills development to local young people. As part of the ‘Inspire to Aspire’ programme, we help young people develop the interview skills that will enhance their employability prospects for years to come.
Through our mentoring scheme 15 members of the dock10 team also work with 15 young people from across the local area on a one-to-one basis. Meeting up on a monthly basis, our mentors share their knowledge and experience to help mentees develop the skills they’ll need to pursue their chosen career path.
We regularly take on apprentices, engaging nine in 2014. Three of the people who started out with us as apprentices have gone on to be full-time members of the dock10 team. And we’re currently in the process of setting a formal target for the number of apprentices we take on every year.
In addition, we also support the formal apprenticeship schemes of the BBC and events crew specialists, Gallowglass. We take on apprentices as part of their schemes and provide them with experience working in relevant departments of our business.
We’re always on the lookout for new opportunities to offer our assistance with exciting community and social projects. We have recently started conducting visits to local schools with the Salford Foundation to educate students about what we do and help inspire the next generation of local TV production talent. And over 2015, members of the team will be donating their time to voluntary projects organised by Trafford Council.
Maintaining a safe workplace
The health and safety (H&S) of our team – and everyone else who enters our facilities – is of paramount importance to us. We’ve put in place a variety of training initiatives and measures to help us maintain our already excellent H&S track record.