Scunthorpe construction company committed to developing multi-skilled workforce

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Mar 2017

A SCUNTHORPE construction company is continuing to support apprentices within its workforce.

GS Kelsey Construction Ltd, based on Brigg Road, celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and since it was established in 1996, the company has worked on hundreds of projects in North and North East Lincolnshire.

Having outgrown its current premises on the South Park Industrial Estate, the team moved into new, larger premises on Brigg Road last September.

As well as having worked on and currently working on a large number of projects in the region, the company is also involved in community work, helping apprentices and working with schools and colleges.

Director Matthew Robinson said: “We have embarked on an ambitious plan to grow our business sustainably over the next two years and to help facilitate this we are committed to developing an in-house multi-skilled workforce that contains a blend of youth and experience.

“To manage the planned growth, it will be important for us to continue training our workforce and recruiting young people. Investing in apprentices and up-skilling our labour has served the business well in the past.

“20 per cent of our current employees have served an apprenticeship with us and a number of the individuals are now a part of our senior management team.

Mr Robinson said that the average length of service amongst the 30+ employees is nine years.

“When we recruit, we are looking to do so, on a long-term basis. We create a pathway for the individual to develop themselves and become a real asset to the business over a long period of time”

The director said the company currently has three apprentices working for them and they are currently recruiting a fourth with the help of Ongo Recruitment and North Lindsey College.

“In order to help with the recruitment of apprentices and our training needs, we approached North Lindsey College and Ongo Recruitment. Both organisations have been extremely professional and have proved to have a good understanding of the type of candidate we require when recruiting apprentices.”

“They’ve kept us informed during the application and selection process at all times and they’re very flexible when we’ve had to push or pause our recruitment plans.”

He said: “All of our apprentices are employed on local contracts for North Lincolnshire Council or Ongo.”

GS Kelsey Construction Ltd is involved with the construction of the Westcliff regeneration project and the company are taking on their next apprentice to work exclusively on this development. The project will include a large One Stop grocery store, five other retail units, a community hub for local clubs and events and a nursery complete with play park. 

Mr Robinson said the firm has recently taken on a young apprentice who is already working on the project.

Alex Blagg, from Westcliff, is studying for an NVQ Level 3 Joinery. Alex will be joined by an apprentice bricklayer who is currently being recruited with the help of Ongo Recruitment and will start on site in April.  

Pete Stones, director of regeneration at Ongo, said: “We’re very pleased that through the Westcliff project, we’ll be able to regenerate an area and can also support local people with employment opportunities. “We have a commitment to have 13 apprentices working for Ongo at any one time but we also work positively with our suppliers and partners to recognise the value that apprentices bring into a business. 

“We know that by working in partnership with companies like GS Kelsey we will provide and support more apprenticeships in the future, which is great for our companies but even better for the young people of North Lincolnshire.”



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