Walt Disney once said "You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world but it requires people to make the dream a reality"
Now, we’re not comparing ourselves to Disneyland (although we do have fun at work) but one thing we do know is that people make our business the success that it is.
We employ approximately 450 staff across the Centregreat Group, predominantly in our 6 South Wales locations, however we do have offices in Ayr, Scotland and in Conwy, North Wales. Roles are varied and we believe in providing opportunity and progression which is probably why our staff retention levels are so high.
If you’re interested in working with the Centregreat team, get in touch at email@example.com. Here’s a bit more on what we can offer:
We enjoy strong relationships with local colleges, including Cardiff and Vale, Coleg Gwent, Bridgend College and Neath Port Talbot College and regularly attend employer events to provide information to students about our Company and our apprenticeship placement. Whilst not a complete solution, we see apprentices as part of the solution in addressing the current skills shortage our industry is facing. Over recent years, we have engaged and supported 15 apprentices in areas from fabrication/welder to electrical apprenticeships, all of whom have been offered employment with us on qualification. We take great pride in our scheme and recently (2018) one of our apprentices won JTL Training’s Welsh Electrical Apprentice of the Year and the QSA (Quality Skills Alliance) Welsh Government Electrotechnical Award.
In 2017, we partnered with the University of South Wales as part of the Network 75 scheme, to engage two students to work with us outside of their formal study time with the University to acquire practical skills and experience real-life work in a commercial environment. This is a five-year course with one student reading for a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management and the other reading for a BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering. This allows students to qualify without needing to incur any student debt, earning a wage and obtaining valuable work experience to accompany their formal studies. We have already seen the benefits that studying while working can have on these individuals and we intend to expand our participation in programmes like this to aid the skills shortage in our industry. We expect to take a further two students in 2018 and in future years we hope to expand this.
In addition to our Apprenticeship/Trainee Programme, we also run specific industry accreditation training through professional bodies such as the Highways Electrical Association (HEA) focusing on practical experience off-site and on-site to support the coursework required to gain NVQ Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications.
We recognise the importance of effective training and Personal Development to ensure our people have the opportunity to improve and develop their capability and competency, which has huge benefits in delivering a quality product and service for our Clients. We actively encourage our people to obtain professional qualifications, a typical example of employee performance improvement and progression is our Network Operations Manager who won the HEA’s Contracting Manager of the year Award 2016, which evidences the calibre of our people and our training programme. Another example of employee progression is the Operations Director in our rail business who is being mentored in-house to gain chartered status with the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).
We have strong links with a number of professional bodies such as the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), CECA, Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) and the Highways Electrical Association (HEA). Two of our senior management team currently hold active roles in these bodies, one being the Vice Chairman of the Institute of Civil Engineers and the other a board Director with Constructing Excellence in Wales. They also sit on a number of sub-committees and we encourage this as a company; it provides a two-way vehicle for input and knowledge sharing into current topical issues within the construction environment, which in turn is communicated and shared back to our people. Our CEO is also a previous Chairman of the HEA and remains actively involved. This connection with the professional bodies also gives us a platform to Professional Development, mentoring and volunteering opportunities within the wider community such as the ICE Bridges to Schools programme, Containing Professional Development and ICE 200 to name just a few.