Lincolnshire

Gelder Group to double apprentice intake over next three years

Lincolnshire construction firm Gelder Group has 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 CEO Alison Rose.

(L-R) Steve Gelder, Natasha Murray and Alison Rose

Currently, the firm employs 300 staff, and has trained 300 apprentices since its formation as a two-man building outfit in 1988.

At Gelder Group, 10% of the workforce are apprentices and young people can undertake training with the firm across a range of areas including:

  • Design
  • Insurance surveying
  • Building
  • Plumbing
  • Bricklaying
  • Joinery
  • Tiling
  • Decorating

Alison Rose with apprentices

Steve Gelder, Gelder Group CEO 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 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.”