Apprentices can build bright future

Left to right, Paul Taylor, Leon Wright, Luke Hutchinson, Stevie Whitehouse and Carl Mottram
Left to right, Paul Taylor, Leon Wright, Luke Hutchinson, Stevie Whitehouse and Carl Mottram

A BUILDING company has taken on five new apprentices as it continues to construct a bright future.

Gus Robinson Developments, based in West View Road, Hartlepool, has boosted its numbers of apprentices to 23. They are learning trades such as plumbing, bricklaying, electrics and joinery.

The firm, which is Investor in People-accredited, is working in with Hartlepool’s College of Further Education. It is one of the few private companies in the country that still supports and encourages traditional apprenticeships.

The five latest recruits to join the apprenticeship programme are: Luke Hutchinson, 19, Paul Taylor, 17, Stevie Whitehouse, 17, Leon Wright, 17, and Carl Mottram, 18. They are all from Hartlepool.

Each will serve a three to four-year apprenticeship, which, if successfully completed, will give them the qualifications to pursue a career in the building and civil engineering industry.

The apprentices will be joining a long list of GRD-trained workers, many of whom still work for the company today, some in senior management roles.

One of them, Jeanette Henderson, is GRD’s business development director and company accountant.

She said: “The company has a history of taking on young people and training them as apprentices.

“It is something that Gus Robinson Developments has been doing for more than 30 years. It is about giving young people a chance and it is also helping to form a partnership between ourselves and the local community, from which most of the apprentices come.

“At a time when other firms in the industry are no longer investing in young people, we believe it is an integral part of this company’s core values to continue with our training programme.”

Last year, GRD spent more than £100,000 on training and educating its employees. As well as apprentices, other members of staff are also offered the chance to develop their skills.

Two recently gained BSc honours degrees with the company’s support.

“We continue to offer training to our staff to the level that they want and that we would want for them,” added Jeanette, who recently won the Chartered Institute of Marketing Top Student of the Year 2011 for the Yorkshire and North-East Region.

The company’s managing director, Paul Twidale, said: “We recognise our people are our greatest asset and we are committed to continual and lifelong training.”

In the past 10 years GRD has trained more than 100 apprentices and more than 20 per cent of employees are in training.

GRD also recently sponsored the student of the year category in the Hartlepool Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool awards.