Gelder Group is to develop 24 retirement flats on its site at North Marsh Road in Gainsborough in a partnership with Ongo Housing Association.
The project, which has been a number of years in the making, will deliver much needed retirement properties in the town and also employ students from the Gelder sponsored Construction Careers College.
On the project Group CEO Steve Gelder comments:
Thanks to everyone involved for getting this scheme over the line, negotiations begun back in 2014 despite hold-ups at every turn we are now on site and delivering a major local project in the town.
If you would like more information about this 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 new flagship Lidl store was officially opened last month by Chairman of West Lindsey District Council, Councillor Angela Lawrence and the Lidl’s Head of Property, Graham Burr. The £3.2m build took 10 months to complete and has replaced the ageing store which was also in Gainsborough. The new store has created 40 new job opportunities and is double the size of the old store.
On the build Kevin Manterfield (Gelder Group Major Contracts Director) commented:
This store is modern, well equipped and built to a very high specification, we were delighted to show Lidl what we could produced when given the opportunity and I know we will hope to work with them on other projects.
The opening of the new store was heralded by a town cryer who welcomed the first 50 customers through the door.
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.
There was a lot of construction work happening in May, see below for a selection of photos taken in and around some of the sites run by our Major Contracts division.
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With the UK General Election looming, Sharon Edwards (Political Reporter for the BBC) contacted Gelder Group to ask if we could help with filming a piece for the BBC. We arranged to meet Sharon and her film crew at our Lidl construction site in Gainsborough, where we were joined by some students from the Construction Career College in Gainsborough. The students had generously agreed to help out by saying a few lines to the camera — stating each political party’s policy with regards to housing and construction.
The filming was a success, despite the torrential rain and muddy construction site. The students performed admirably, although a couple of them did get cold feet when faced by the BBC film crew. Luckily, we had Alan Smith (Gelder Group Site Manager) close by and ready as a substitute. Ever the consummate professional, Alan agreed to stand-in at the last minute and had his lines recorded by the film crew.
Hopefully, the piece will be aired on the BBC soon. If you would like more information, please get in touch.
Working in partnership with Lincoln College, Gelder Group helped launch the UK’s first Construction Career College in Gainsborough. Since the launch, we have worked closely with the college in shaping the curriculum, including teaching an Architectural Design class. The latest collaboration project sees the students at the college doing field work at the Gelder Group’s £3.1m Lidl construction site in Gainsborough. Over the next few months, students will visit the site at different junctions of the build in order to see and learn about the different stages of the build process.
If you are interested in a career in construction, please see the Construction Career College website.
Inline with the Gelder Group’s 20 by 17 Vision for training, the company has been the driver behind seeing the UK’s first ever Construction Career College open in Gainsborough – a partnership with Lincoln College Gainsborough Campus.
The Gelder Group were also delighted to assist the students to get ready for work by donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the form of hard hats and high visibility jackets, presented to the students by Group CEO, Steve Gelder.
On the College Steve Gelder commented:
According to the Government Farmer Review, published 17th October, the UK faces a 20 – 25% reduction in the available construction workforce in the next decade, something the UK has never faced before.
I’d urge other construction companies to get involved with the College. I’d also urge other Gainsborough kids to give a career in construction consideration, I started out laying bricks, it’s a great career and I have absolutely no regrets choosing it.
If you would like to know more about the Construction Career College, please get in touch.
The UK’s first Construction Careers College in Gainsborough has now enrolled over 20 students onto the course. Many local construction organisations are getting involved. They are helping to develop the curriculum and course format, as well as providing staff to undertake workshops with the students. The Gelder Group Design Department recently undertook a design workshop with the students, with the hope of inspiring them to pursue careers in construction.
The Gelder Group staff set-up a short design and planning project for the class. This involved reading architectural drawings and presenting their design ideas to their peers. On the event, Tori Norval, Apprentice Design Assistant commented:
Everyone did fantastically and we were impressed at the student’s efforts. If we got the opportunity to do it again, then we’d be happy to put ourselves forward.
This new college represents a unique opportunity for young people to secure a lucrative and rewarding career, and for the region to plug its skills gap.
If you would like more information about the Construction Careers College, please get in touch.
Nominated in several categories, Gelder Group are delighted to have won “Best Social or Affordable Housing Site” for the development in Gainsborough. On winning the award Site Manager Leif Davy commented:
I’m delighted we’ve been recognised for the development, it was a fantastic project to work on and worthy of the Award.