McGill nominated for Employer of the Year at the CITB Apprenticeship Awards

McGill nominated for Employer of the Year at the CITB Apprenticeship Awards

McGill are delighted to announce that they have been nominated for Employer of the Year at the CITB Managing Agency Apprenticeship Awards 2013.

They are one of 10 companies shortlisted from UK wide entries for the category.

The judges based their nominations on the number of apprentices and total employees, the Company’s policy towards employing apprentices, details of their apprentice programme, commitment to training and other exceptional interventions or support demonstrated towards the success and wellbeing of their apprentices.

The submission outlined that they employ 63 Apprentices as part of their 450 strong work force. It is their policy to endeavour to offer apprenticeships to at least 10% of their workforce year on year and they are committed to hiring Apprentices through local Partnerships which have been established over time, thereby showing commitment to the local community and not just taking from mainstream candidates. 

In 2012 they introduced their own pre-evaluation scheme to help bring on candidates who showed potential to be developed and provided an opportunity to ensure they recruit only those who have a desire and passion to join construction, having experienced a year within the industry. It ensures the good candidates are fully prepared for the next year apprenticeship intake when they are re-interviewed. The scheme has proven extremely beneficial and out of the six taken on under the scheme, five have been hired for the 2013 intake.

McGill also started a Mentoring Scheme in 2012 and to date have trained more than 12 Mentors through the CITB training scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to allow the Company to have a closer relationship with the Apprentices offering guidance, extra tuition if required and the opportunity to discuss personal issues with their Mentor, as well as assessing individuals for future promotion and personal development to groom for promotion.

Elaine Kerr, Dundee City Apprenticeship Officer for the CITB, presented Silvie Gowans of the Human Resources department with their Golden Ticket to the event.

The awards take place at the IndigO2 in London on Wednesday 6 November. 

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