City & Guilds Group has today released the names of 48 businesses commended by the 2018 Princess Royal Training Awards. Other companies given the prestigious award included River Island, John Lewis, RBS, and the Royal Air Force in recognition of their outstanding training and development programmes, which have directly resulted in commercial success.
From apprenticeship schemes, to gamified e-learning, to health and wellbeing programmes, each of the recipients had to display a unique dedication to developing their workforce.
The full list of recipients includes public and private sector businesses of all sizes, from areas including hospitality, banking and financial services, retail, education, manufacturing, not for profit, and healthcare. The Award recipients, who were all subject to a rigorous assessment process, will receive their Awards from HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony in October.
Commenting on this year’s recipients, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group said:
Congratulations to all 48 organisations who have achieved the Princess Royal Training Awards standard of excellence this year. Once again, it is evidence of the very real benefits that investing in staff development can bring to employers, large and small, private, public and not for profit. At a time of increasing economic uncertainty and reduced investment into workforce development it is great to see critical business issues being addressed through impactful L & D. Through the Awards we highlight excellent examples of training that have already proved to be effective and we encourage others to build on their success.
Commenting on being awarded Steve Gelder, Chief Executive Officer of Gelder Group said:
At Gelder Group we believe in training staff from within and progressing them through the organisation, we have a very established and successful apprenticeship programme which has been created to train and develop our staff. Myself and the rest of the Senior Management Team are thrilled that this has been recognised by such a prestigious award.
My hope is that this award will further highlight the apprenticeship programmes available in the construction sector, which is so needed.
For more information about our apprenticeships, visit our dedicated apprenticeships page.
On 9thAugust, an external annual audit was carried out by George Lopez from PASMA to confirm that Gelder Training continues to meet PASMA’s rigorous quality requirements. Gelder Training successfully passed the audit with flying colours and were awarded accredited centre status for the 9th consecutive year.
Gelder Training are thrilled to be able to continue to deliver our successful PASMA Towers for Users training. For future training dates please contact Katie Scott on 01427 788837, or email email@example.com.
Gelder apprentice Jack Jarvis has been awarded Lincoln College’s ‘Bricklaying Student of the Year’ award for his work during the past 12 months.
Jack (18) was one of Lincoln Colleges Gainsborough Construction Career Colleges‘ first students and secured himself a position at Gelder Group in November 2017. Since starting with the Group he’s worked on a wide variety of contracts broadening his horizons and skills and is excelling at his chosen career path.
The Gelder Group (a founder member of the Construction Careers College, which was the first in the UK) have trained over 350 apprentices since it was formed in 1988, and has set itself a target of recruiting a further 70 apprentices during the course of the next 3 years.
Jack receives a certificate of merit and £100 of vouchers for his efforts and comments
I am delighted to receive this award and am thoroughly enjoying my apprenticeship at Gelder Group.
For further information on Gelder Group and it’s apprentice opportunities visit our dedicated apprenticeships page.
Even though the south wind howled and the rain lashed down; eight excitable men still turned out in high spirits, some had even come home from the pub early Saturday night ready for the big day!
The usual banter ensued as I (Simon Blaydes) commented on the horizontal rain, Phil Middleton kindly reassured me that I didn’t need to worry about the rain as drips don’t get wet! Thanks Phil. The pegs were drawn at random, Dave Troop unbelievably pulling the magical peg 12 ‘’Ricks Peg’’ for the second year running.
By 9.50am time was called and the sky was a blur of hi visibility floats, feeders, pole rigs and catapulted sweetcorn. The match was fairly steady with the weather making presentation challenging! The lads in the sheltered corners got their heads down and were keeping a steady stream of fish coming.
Dave Troop called ‘’time’’ at 1.00pm at that was the end of our third Rick Paton Memorial Match held on 29.07.18.
The match results are as follows :
1st Gary Cox – 12lb 6oz PEG 2
2nd Dave Wass – 8lb 2oz PEG 4
3rd Simon Blaydes – 6lb 10oz PEG 8
Interestingly, the match was won last year by Phil Middleton from the same peg 2! £40.00 was raised on the day for our chosen charity, The Brain Tumour Charity.
Especial thanks to Dawn Peel for providing the snack goody bag of treats that kept us all going nicely throughout the match. Also Dave Stainton, John Dennis and Keith Brazier for helping prepare the grounds and lake for the charity event.
This year’s competitors
- Philip Middleton – Peg 15
- Gary Cox – Peg 2
- Dave Wass – Peg 4
- Ian Elsey – Peg 5 (THE JUNGLE!)
- Dave Troop – Peg 12 (Rick’s Peg)
- Jim Smith – Peg 6
- Andy Wright (ex Gelder Employee) – Peg 14
- Simon Blaydes – Peg 8
Gelder Group will be exhibiting at the 2018 Lincolnshire Show. Join us on Wednesday 20th and Thursday the 21st of June to help us celebrate 30 years in business. Come along to stand 17 on 5th Avenue and share a celebratory drink. During your visit, don’t forget to ask us about our plans for the future and Vision 2020, we’d love to let you know what we’re doing and where we’re heading!
Two Gelder Group employees, an apprentice and his mentor, strapped on their hiking boots to climb the highest mountain in England as part of the Insurance Apprentice Academy; an event that brings together apprentices and their mentors to get to know each other and share best practice.
The primary aim of the climb was to celebrate apprentices in various professions in the insurance industry.
Tom Potter, an apprentice surveyor from Lincoln College in Gelder Group’s insurance department, and his mentor, Joe Kendal, an insurance building surveyor and former apprentice at the company, participated in the four-hour, 978m hike up Scafell Pike in the Lake District to mark the end of the Academy.
Joe, who joined the Lincolnshire-based company in March 2014 as an apprentice before being appointed in his current role, volunteered to mentor Tom earlier this year.
There have been many different workshops as part of the Academy and the climb pulled everyone together to meet and accomplish the same goal. It was a great experience that allowed everyone to interact, share stories and network and I’m really pleased I had the opportunity to accomplish this feat with Tom.
Following Joe’s own pathway into employment with Gelder Group, Tom, who graduates from Lincoln College this month (May), said:
I’ve really enjoyed my apprenticeship at Gelder Group and it was great to top it off with the climb up Scafell Pike, it was a great challenge but great fun. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to join the business and learn from such a skilled team, especially Joe who has given me lots of guidance and support.
Since its formation in 1988, Gelder Group has trained 300 apprentices, including 42 in the last three years, 96% of which have been offered full time employment with the company at the end of their apprenticeship. For more details about apprenticeships with Gelder Group, see our dedicated apprenticeships page.
Our staff support many charities and as a company (and as part of our Vision 2020) we want to be able to support them to pursue their charitable endeavours. So, when Gary Rousseau (Contracts Manager) requested to enter a team in the Charity Golf Day at his local club ‘Blankney‘, the company was delighted to be able to support him and the charity Prostate Cancer UK. The formidable team led by Gary also included Joe Kendal (Surveyor), Paul Staines (Contracts Manager) and Arran Fullwood (Finance Director). On the day Gary commented:
We didn’t perform as well as I hoped on the day with new players Joe and Arran in the ranks, but it was a great day and I was just happy that the company supported us to attend and we were able to raise money for a great charity.
The annual event organised by Nicholsons Accountants in aid of Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance is not only a worthwhile event to support but one that our team look forward to each year. The team this year consisted of Tom Potter (Apprentice Surveyor), Jo Miller (Claims Manager), Paul Staines (Contracts Manager) and Mathew Kane (IT Technician). While we didn’t manage to ‘place’ at the event the team had a fantastic evening and are looking forward to next year. Congratulations to all who took part in this worthwhile event.
Gelder Group have received planning for 16 new properties at Kirton-in-Lindsey, the result of three years hard work and tenacity, dealing with a plethora of public bodies.
The company now has a land bank of 47 plots as well as a further four sites at various stages within the planning system as it looks to rollout ‘Gelder Living’ and reintegrate itself within the private housing sector.
On the planning decision, which was awarded at appeal, CEO Steve Gelder comments:
Part of our 20 by 17 Vision was to become a developer of ‘high quality affordable homes’ and this hence has carried forward to Vision 2020 where we will be known for our ‘enterprising approach to new development opportunities’. So it was a good feeling to receive a positive inspectorate decision within hours of launching our Vision 2020.
The Group will now liaise with various statutory bodies, before hopefully being in a position to commence the development in the Autumn.
Following the success of Vision 2017, which saw the Gelder Group named as Lincolnshire’s ‘Fastest growing company’ the group’s senior management team were keen to create a new set of goals to take it through the next 3 years.
After 6 months of hard work, hundreds of staff hours, consultations at all levels of the company and away days, the Gelder Group is proud to launch Vision 2020.
The company retains its principle vision of addressing the skills shortage by ‘Inspiring a new generation in construction’. Vision 2020 aims to further strengthen the group’s already strong commitment to the community, its staff, investing heavily into smart technology and be enterprising in its approach to new development opportunities.
On the launch, CEO Steve Gelder commented:
It will be very difficult to eclipse our 20 by 17 Vision achievements but as I said in my introduction back in 2014, I do lead an amazing group of people. This compiled with our ‘Can-do’ attitude for which we are known and the next few years might just be our most exciting yet.
Visit our dedicated Vision 2020 page to view our video and find out more.