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Apprentice Insurance Surveyor receives own Vehicle during Covid-19 pandemic

Gelder Group Apprentice Surveyor Jack Bateman (18) would normally travel to a survey with a fully qualified Surveyor, however during the Covid-19 pandemic Jack must now observe social distancing guidelines and he is delighted to have received his own vehicle to ensure he is able to both, continue with his training but also remain safe at work.

Insurance Director Louisa Sharpe commented:

We are working in a new world and having to make changes to normal practice everyday to keep all our staff safe, however we must continue to train and develop all our staff so they are able to move forward with their apprenticeships. This is just one of many initiatives we have adopted towards that goal.

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Apprentice Surveyor Jack Bateman with his new vehicle.

Gelder Group Selected as Innovation Chain North Partner

Great Places Housing Group has placed social value at the heart of its new £750m Innovation Chain North framework of Contractors and Consultants, as the successful organisations on the new four-year framework are announced.

Helen Spencer, Great Places’ Director of Development, said: “We are delighted to be working with Gelder Group on our new ICN framework. We are confident they will be able to work with us and the clients of ICN in delivering the sector’s extensive development ambitions in the North. We were delighted to have a huge response from the market and receive high quality proposals and substantial social value pledges for our communities”.

The framework has been designed to support delivery of new homes across the north of England, not only to support Great Places’ very ambitious development programme, but also those of other Housing Associations operating across the north of England.

The framework renewal saw a 56 per cent increase in bidders seeking to deliver works and services; 183 companies applied to supply the framework. The majority of bidders applied for multiple lots, and in total, 726 bids were evaluated across the 23 lots.

The successful organisations were selected based on their technical competence, price and their commitment to social value. The new £750m framework will run until June 2024.

Social value pledges, including apprenticeships, work experience opportunities and volunteering hours, were proposed by all suppliers and through a collaborative approach, we will be seeking these pledges to be applied on every new development.

Joanne Whitehead, Great Places’ Procurement and Performance Manager, said: “Well done to Gelder Group and all the organisations who have been awarded a place on the framework. We received a large number of high quality bids, and we now have an excellent group of contractors and consultants, covering a wide range of disciplines, to support our housing delivery ambitions. Great Places and the other housing providers who access the framework, look forward to working with them all in the future”.

 

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Work Commencing on Sobraon Barracks Army Reserve Centre in Lincoln

Work is now well underway at the Sobraon Barracks in Lincoln. The £1.6m build will provide additional facilities on site, including new garages, maintenance areas and gymnasium. The build was scheduled to be a 34 week program, but due to the Corona Pandemic, the work may be slightly delayed in completion. The project will utilise our apprentice teams on brickwork, joinery and Mechanical and Engineering.

The Contracts Manager for the project commented; “We are very excited to be working with the client to construct the new training centre and workshop building, which will provide new training amenities for the East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association”.

Speaking on behalf of the Barracks, Lieutenant Colonel AP Gifford, Commanding Officer, 158 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, Sobraon Barracks, Lincoln, commented; “The construction of the new garages, maintenance areas and gymnasium at the Sobraon Barracks Army Reserve Centre in Lincoln, will greatly enhance the capability of 158 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps. It provides us with the facilities to maintain the military vehicles of 160 Transport Squadron and allows our soldiers to greatly improve their personal fitness. The new build will ensure that the Regiment has a serviceable vehicle fleet and fit soldiers, ready to deploy on operations, both in the UK and abroad.”

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) plays a leading role in strengthening the environment for the Armed Forces, through building relationships with the local community and employers. East Midlands RFCA is responsible for the maintenance and support of Army Reserve Centres and Cadet Centres, engaging with Reservists’ employers, supporting Reservists and Cadets and assisting with recruitment of Army Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.

Sobraon Barracks Army Reserve Centre in Lincoln

Images provided by Allan Joyce Architects, Nottingham.

Gelder Group Apprentices gain vital experience on retirement flats scheme

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Pictured: Apprentices working on site at North Marsh Road.

A £3 million development scheme in partnership with Ongo Housing Association and West Lindsey District Council is enabling Gainsborough Construction Career College bricklaying students to gain vital on site experience.

Gelder Group’s Mission is to ‘Inspire a new Generation in construction’ and this scheme of 24 high-quality flats for the over 55’s being situated so close to the towns Gelder sponsored Construction Career College, gives the opportunity for the company to do just that.

Currently there are 6 bricklayer apprentices on site and this will shortly increase to 9. To apply for an apprenticeship with Gelder Group, visit our Apprenticeships page, where you can register your interest.

Gelder Group recognised for ‘Outstanding Training and skills development’

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CEO Steve Gelder accepted Award from HRH The Princess Royal

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.

Gelder Group welcomes Apprentice joiner from Germany

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Left to Right: Chris Kent (Branch Manager), Nadine Fehmer (German Apprentice), Steve Gelder (CEO).

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.

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Nadine on her 1st day at work for Gelder Group.

For further details on the project please contact astanley@lincolncollege.ac.uk

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.

Jack secures ‘Bricklaying Student of the Year’

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(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.

Lincoln apprentice and mentor summit Scafell Pike as part of workshop

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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.

Gelder Group commits to Apprentice Training

Pictured: Apprentice Joiner Elliott Kirman starting work on the project.

Apprentice Joiner Elliott Kirman starting work on the project.

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.

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