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Back to school boost for Grange Primary School

During the summer holidays, while the pupils and staff of Grange Primary School Scunthorpe were enjoying a well-earned break, Gelder Group’s Major Contracts Department set to work on the toilet facilities. The work involved stripping out existing boys and girls toilets, installing new mechanical plumbing and electrical installations, new roof lights, new wall and floor finishes, new ceilings, new sanitary ware and colourful Venesta cubicles and partitions.  A representative from ‘Engie’ who commissioned the work said;

The achieved finishes are of a very high standard, with zero snagging and delivered on time” – Engie

Gavin Parker, the Senior Contracts Manager on the project also commented;

The school were very helpful throughout the six weeks to ensure the refurbishment works could be carried out without any delays. All subcontractors performed well and the finishes were to a very high standard”. – Gelder Group

Grange Primary School

Newly refurbished toilets at Grange Primary School

Grange Primary School

Newly refurbished toilets at Grange Primary School

Grange Primary School

Newly refurbished toilets at Grange Primary School

Gelder Group staff have muddy good fun!

Gelder Group staff from across the company took part in the 10k ‘Wild Warrior’ Tough Mudder on Saturday 22nd September 2018.  The event, which was in support of the Aviva ‘Mentoring’ programme, was held in Derby and despite the chilly weather, the staff overcame the 72 obstacles and completed the 10k in under 2 hours.  Supporting from the sidelines, CEO Steve Gelder commented “I am very happy to support the staff to compete in events like this. While I do think they are all quite mad, I applaud their sense of spirit and fun”.

Interested in joining the team at Gelder Group, check out all our latest vacancies: https://gelder.co.uk/careers/vacancies/

Wild Warrior 2018

Wild Warrior 2018 – Gelder Group Team

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Group secures 3rd Lidl Store

The 23,700sq ft store due to be built in Dalton, Rotherham was secured by the Facilities, Maintenance and Building Department (FMB) this week and the 3rd project the Group have secured to build new stores for the global supermarket ‘Lidl’. The £3m project will commence on the 1st October and the new store is due to open in June 2019. The store will create 40 new jobs for the area and will be the second store the supermarket have in Rotherham.

Site Plan for New Store in Dalton

Site Plan for New Store in Dalton

On securing the project Commercial Manager James Flintham commented:

The tendering process to secure this build has been particularly rigorous, however I feel our track record of previous builds for the brand was in our favour and we are delighted to have secured this £3m contract.

We are always keen to use the local supply chain on our project and this is no exception, in particular we are keen to make contact with local suppliers and subcontractors for fencing, paving, landscaping and decorating.

 

Lidl Dalton Rotherham

Artists Impression of New Store

The Group are currently completing the building of another store for the supermarket in Shirebrook, Mansfield which will be complete next week.

If you are a local supplier or sub-contractor please contact James Flintham on 01427 788 837.

Gelder Group named as Princess Royal Training Award winner 2018

Princess Royal Training Awards

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.

Gelder Training secure PASMA accreditation for the 9th consecutive year

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 info@gelder.co.uk.

Jack secures ‘Bricklaying Student of the Year’

Jack Jarvis

(Left to Right) Steve Gelder – CEO Gelder Group, Jack Jarvis – Apprentice Bricklayer, Mark Locking – Managing Director Lincoln College

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.

2018 Rick Paton Memorial Fishing Competition Winner – Gary Cox

Rick Paton Memorial 2018

This year’s competitors (from the left), Ian Elsey, Gary Cox, Dave Troop, Simon Blaydes, Phil Middleton, Andy Wright, Dave Wass, Jim Smith.

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.

Results

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.

Rick Paton Memorial 2018

The 2018 winner, Gary Cox with his catch.

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

Celebrating 30 Years in Business at the Lincolnshire Show

The Gelder Group stand at the Lincolnshire Show

The Gelder Group stand at the Lincolnshire Show

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!

Lincoln apprentice and mentor summit Scafell Pike as part of workshop

Scarfell Pike

Apprentice Tom Potter and Mentor Joe Kendal at summit of Scafell Pike

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.

He said:

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.

Charity golf day in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

Charity Golf

The Gelder Golf Team

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.

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