GMG’s most notable investment in careers is for apprentices. Recruitment targets disadvantaged local and neighbouring communities, with 90% of apprentices recruited from communities with high levels of disadvantage. Many apprentices hold no formal qualifications prior to starting work at GMG. Where required, apprentices with learning difficulties are offered assistance. Almost all apprentices progress to become tradesmen. GMG’s commitment to young workers led the company to obtain the ‘Investors in Young People’ status in 2014, the first construction company in Scotland to do so, and to significant involvement with the recent Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce (the Wood Commission).
Influencing apprenticeship and trade skills certification and accreditation through external activities is a high priority at GMG. GMG work with the Construction Industry Training Board and National Federation of Roofing Contractors to develop SVQ modules and National Occupational Standards, including piloting a Modern Apprenticeship SVQ Level 2 in conjunction with South Lanarkshire College. GMG is active in developing relevant and trade specific training and accreditation (such as in roof tiling and external render) this aligns with the operational requirements of the business- thus, they have promoted seasonal/demand-aligned college attendance and greater emphasis on on-site assessment.
Creating the right environment for early and continuing skills formation underpins the company’s recent commitment to construct an on-site training centre to support apprentices’ training and skills accreditation, house on-going trade training activities and provide a space for enhancing communications and dialogue.
GMG apprentices receive many additional benefits, some of which include:
- Age-related apprenticeship rate.
- An interest free £1000 loan to learn to drive which is written off after 3 years’ service.
- Direct 1 to 1 assistance with operatives with Learning Difficulties.
- Their first set of tools.
- Work wear including t-shirts, hoodies, beanie hats, under armour.