Gelder Group is celebrating after being amongst just 46 recipients of the 2018 Princess Royal Training Awards granted for their commitment to training and skills excellence by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at a ceremony at St James’s Palace in London on the 31st October 2018.
CEO Steve Gelder, who accepted the award on behalf of the company commented:
I am grateful for everyone at Gelder Group who made this possible, it is a great honour.
I’d urge other organisations to enter in 2019, not just because the feedback helps you improve but the auditing process is so thorough. So many awards ranging from the Times Top 100 to regional awards have become too commercialised, this award is completely free to enter, the auditing process is unbelievably intense and the judging is very challenging, so I’m delighted we made the 2018 cut.
The Princess Royal Training Awards are delivered by the City & Guilds Group, to highlight the value of training and employee development and celebrate examples of best practice. Applications are assessed against three Hallmarks of Excellence by the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, which comprised of HRH The Princess Royal and seven leading figures in the business and training community. For the full list of recipients and their training schemes, please see the link here.
Commenting on this year’s recipients, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group said:
It’s fantastic to celebrate the third annual Princess Royal Training Awards and honour Gelder Group. In an ever changing world, it continues to be important for Britain’s businesses to invest in training to boost their productivity, address skills gaps and further develop their teams. I congratulate all of the 48 organisations who have achieved the standard this year and presented examples of the innovative, inspiring and impactful training that’s taking place across the UK today. They are truly worthy recipients of this rigorously assessed royal award and we are delighted to be able to honour their achievements.
In partnership with Lincoln College, Gelder Group have taken on their first apprentice from Germany. Nadine Fehmer who is 17 and from Coesfeld, West Germany is in the second year of a joinery apprenticeship and will be spending 3 weeks working at Gelder Group alongside experienced joiners in the field.
The programme which is funded by the Europe Commissions Erasmus+ funding which is for vocational education and Training. The funding enables students and apprentices to gain work experience in another country.
On the experience Nadine said:
From being very little my dream job was to be a joiner, and I am very interested to see if there are any differences in the work over here.
On the partnership Steve Gelder, CEO commented:
I’ve always been a huge advocate of apprenticeships, having been an apprentice myself, so I was very interested to learn of this exchange program Lincoln College have been running, and I’ll be very interested to see what feedback Nadine has for us after her 3 weeks
European Officer at Lincoln College Ann Stanley commented:
Close collaboration with employers in support of the project in both enabling their own apprentices to participate and in receiving apprentices and vocational students from our European partners is so important.
For further details on the project please contact email@example.com
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 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.
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.
As part of our Vision 2017, Gelder Group had one goal, the “Redleg Challenge” which was to be set by our staff. After receiving dozens of great suggestions, the Senior Management Team picked a suggestion that really focused on the Gelder Group’s commitment to training and apprentices. The suggestion was “to empower our apprentices from around the company and also from the Construction Careers College to undertake a massive construction project to redesign and renovate River Cottage’s ground floor.”
We’ve been planning and designing the renovations for some time and on Monday 26th March 2018 the work commenced. The project will involve modernising the entire ground floor of River Cottage and will include creating an extra meeting room, a more functional kitchen and a break-out area for training and meeting attendees. This work will all be completed by our talented apprentices with supervision allowing them to hone their craft further and gather evidence and experience towards their apprenticeships.
If you’re interested to know more about this exciting project, please get in touch.
The Group has appointed two new apprentices from Lincoln College’s Construction Careers College in Gainsborough – the college Gelder Group was a joint founder of and continues to be the main sponsor.
The college, which is the first of its kind in the UK, was set up in 2016 by Lincoln College, Gelder Group and a number of other construction specialists, to help students prepare for a career in construction.
Lincolnshire-based Gelder Group has trained 300 apprentices since its formation as a two-man building outfit in 1988, and 96% of those were offered full time employment at the firm at the end of their apprenticeship.
Jack Jarvis, 17, and Sandis Kupreicik, 23, who are studying bricklaying at the college, today visited the firm to sign a 2 year apprenticeship contract.
Steve Gelder, CEO of Gelder Group, said:
The first person ever employed by Gelder Group started life as an apprentice and now 29 years on he’s still with the firm, which is just one of many who have joined us following an apprenticeship.
There is a massive shortage of workers in the construction industry across the UK and our mission has always been to support the next generation and reduce that gap as much as possible.
I asked students at the Construction Careers College to submit their CVs for this opportunity and it was Jack and Sandis that stood out due to their passion for the industry and eagerness to learn from our team. I’m looking forward to welcoming more apprentices over the coming years and to working with Jack and Sandis, I hope they enjoy their time with us.
Jack and Sandis’ appointments come just three months after the construction firm announced it will double its apprenticeship intake over the next three years.
The two students will spend four days a week onsite with the Gelder Group team and one day studying at college.
Mark Locking, Lincoln College Group managing director for education and training, said:
We are absolutely delighted that Gelder Group is taking on two of our Construction Career College students as apprentices.
Steve Gelder, who started out as a Lincoln College Apprentice, has been the driving force behind our Construction Career College, the first of its kind in the UK. His firm, along with many other local employers, have helped us to create employer-led training that produces highly skilled young people to support the local economy.
We’re really proud of Jack and Sandis and the fact they have secured apprenticeships with such a great local employer and we wish them all the best.
We are currently recruiting for next year’s intake at the Construction Career College. We would urge young people in the Gainsborough area, who are interested in a career in construction, where you can earn up to a £1,000 a week, to apply.
The EBP (Education Business Partnership) recently recognised businesses from across Lincolnshire for their exceptional work with schools and young people at its annual Investors in Education Awards, held at Belton Woods Hotel in Grantham on 28th November.
Each year The EBP invites schools to nominate organisations to receive an Investors in Education award. Gelder Group was one of the employers that stood out and went the extra mile to help the young people it worked with.
According to judges’ comments:
Gelder Group received the award for their fantastic support in making sure students gained knowledge of the construction trade at Lincoln Construction Week – a three-day interactive event held in October, organised by the Lincoln Group Training Association and supported by The EBP.
CEO of Gelder Group, Steve Gelder, said:
It’s well known fact that there is a huge skills shortage in the construction industry and at Gelder Group we are committed to increasing the number of people within the industry and to training the next generation.
We are honoured to have received this award acknowledging our contribution to education in the region and look forward to continuing our work in 2018 with young people who have an interest in construction.
Steve Gelder was presented with a trophy and certificate at the awards by The EBP’s chief executive, Elaine Lilley, and James Pinchbeck, marketing partner at Streets Chartered Accountants.
Elaine Lilley, chief executive at the EBP, said:
Our work would not be possible without the support of the local business community. We thank all of the organisations who have supported The EBP this year and are pleased to celebrate those that have been recognised as making a significant difference to schools, young people and the community.
Gelder Group is a multi-award-winning construction company based in Lincoln which works across a range of sectors including education, health, retail, insurance, leisure, commercial and residential building projects. The firm, which employs 300 staff and is a founding member of the Gainsborough Career College, has trained 300 apprentices since its formation as a two-man building outfit in 1988, 37 of those in the last three years alone.
If you would like more information about our work with schools and young people, please get in touch.
Learning to drive is one of the most important experiences in a young person’s development, and for those learning in the winter months the experience can be a daunting one, especially driving after work and in the dark. To assist one young learner, Rob Porter (Senior Quantity Surveyor) took the decision to allow Jerry Stewart (Trainee Quantity Surveyor) to undertake his lessons during working hours.
On the decision Rob commented:
I’m an experienced driver so I can appreciate that taking your initial lessons in the dark can be a scary experience, and also, we’d like to support the development of our younger staff members.
Jerry has been been with Gelder Group just under 4 months and is training to become a Quantity Surveyor, on the lessons Jerry commented:
It’s not regular practice for employers to allow driving lessons within working hours. Since working at Gelder Group I’ve found there’s a much more supportive attitude towards learning across the board.
To join the team at Gelder Group, check out our current vacancies.
Gelder Group announced plans to double its apprentice intake during the course of the next three years, taking it to 70 apprentices, up from 37.
The announcement was made by the firm during a surprise visit to Lincoln College’s Construction Careers College campus in Gainsborough, accompanied by RBS chief executive Alison Rose who was spending the day with the company.
The firm, which employs 300 staff, has trained 300 apprentices since its formation as a two-man building outfit in 1988, 37 of those in the last three years alone.
Gelder Group CEO, Steve Gelder, said:
Gelder Group has long been committed to apprentices; the first person ever employed by the company started life as an apprentice and 29 years later he’s still with the company. All of our main board of directors also started life as apprentices including myself, I am a bricklayer by trade.
Gelder Group is a founding member of the Gainsborough Career College, the first of its kind in the UK. It’s a well-known fact to everyone associated with building and construction, that there is a huge skills shortage, so I’d urge other building and construction companies to get involved and provide opportunities for students.