The £1.6m contract to add additional facilities to the College has now been completed. The new two-story building comprising of workshops for practical skills development, teaching laboratories and offices space for staff and amenities. Whilst the project was slightly delayed in completion due to the National lockdown, construction soon re-commenced once manufacturing and other key suppliers re-started having gone into temporary closure. Feedback from the clients has been very positive and commented ‘Excellent performance and outstanding quality’. Additional contracts for almost £1m were also completed on site included the demolition and alteration of existing bedroom accommodation, formation of new classrooms, workshop and associated office/administration/welfare accommodation and the replacement of existing windows, doors and external render.
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.
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