Construction United, a coalition of some of the construction industry’s key stakeholders which aims to change perceptions of the sector, has recently welcomed UK construction and regeneration group, Morgan Sindall, to its ranks.

As one of the initiative’s partners, Morgan Sindall will support Construction United in its three key objectives; improving public perceptions of construction, encouraging young people to consider careers in the industry, and maximising the health and wellbeing of its workers.

Formed in February this year, Construction United has already gained the support of product distributor SIG, trade bodies including the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS), the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA), and skills certification scheme, CSCS.

The initiative has also selected The Prince’s Trust, Crash and Time to Change as its key charities, which it will support through fundraising activities, which will be held from 17 to 23 October this year.

Speaking on its involvement in Construction United, Graham Edgell, director of sustainability and procurement at Morgan Sindall, said: “Public perceptions of the industry have an effect on all of us, and it’s vital to address this if the sector is going to continue to grow. At Morgan Sindall we have a longstanding dedication to both encouraging new talent through our apprenticeship/graduate programmes and facilitating the development of our existing workforce.

“By becoming a Construction United partner we’re showing our support to the wider industry and supporting worthy charity causes by hosting and participating in October’s events, and we encourage firms at all levels in the construction industry to do the same.”

Mark Tomlin, UK group sales and marketing director at SIG Distribution, added: “It’s extremely encouraging to hear Graham’s passion for the work that we’re doing, and having Morgan Sindall on board will help to raise further awareness of our cause. We look forward to working with them in the coming months.”