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An employer’s perspective – Matthew Robinson, Director of G.S. Kelsey explains how apprenticeships serve a business

“We have embarked on an ambitious plan to grow our business sustainably GSKelsey LOGOover the next four years and to help facilitate this we are committed to developing an in-house multi skilled workforce that contains a blend of youth and experience.

To manage the planned growth it will be important for us to continue training our workforce and recruiting young people. Investing in apprentices and up skilling our labour has served the business well in the past. 20% of our current employees have served an apprenticeship with us and a number of the individuals are now a part of our senior management team.

In order to help with the recruitment of apprentices and our training needs we approached North Lindsey College. They have proven to be very enthusiastic and proactive. This is evident in the launch of the Construction Apprenticeship Partnership which we were invited to be a part of along with other local construction businesses and organisations. Together with the college we have all been working collaboratively over the past year to try and improve the number of apprenticeships offered to young people in the construction industry. It has been a pleasure to chair regular steering group meetings that have led to tangible improvements that will help local businesses, the economy and young people.

With the help of North Lindsey College and the Crosby Employment Bureau we have just recruited two of our own apprentices. NLC Logo Colour 08The individuals will start working with us later this month and with a structured learning plan over the course of their studies they will become a part of our team moving forward. G. S Kelsey Ltd has already benefited from a sustained investment in young people and we are hoping that a continuation of this will help deliver our future business plans.”

Matthew Robinson


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