People make GMG: Meet our top-class pupils

Published: 2 December 2022

We are committed to investing in young people. That’s why, we were pleased to welcome six pupils from North Lanarkshire schools to the team, as part of their work experience.

Nathan and Barrie-Lee, from Cardinal Newman Secondary School in North Lanarkshire, joined us in November, working alongside qualified GMG tradespeople on sites in their own council area.

The duo assisted our colleagues in their work, ensuring site cleanliness and obtaining the right materials for the task at hand. Our tradespeople taught them the importance of health and safety, communication within the team, reliability and having a good work ethic.

Later in the month, we introduced another four pupils to the wonderful world of construction. Ryan from Brannock High School, Reece from Clyde Valley High, and Taylor and Adam from Bellshill Academy, all got a taste of assisting Team GMG in their work at North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) sites.

Every year, GMG takes on around 10 work experience pupils from across Scotland, offering them hands-on skills and an insight into the trades in the hope it encourages them to consider a fantastic career in construction. Our comprehensive apprenticeship programme and work with local construction colleges and universities, including South Lanarkshire College and Glasgow Caledonian University, enables us to provide training specific to each apprentice and their goals.

Liam Martin, GMG Site Manager, said: “We are happy to have welcomed the pupils into our industry and to the team as part of their work experience. The boys have shown a willingness to listen and an eagerness to learn the ropes. I have no doubt they will make excellent tradespeople should they choose it as their future career path.

“The future of our business and the industry is dependent on our workforce having a strong work-ethic and receiving continual investment and development, something that we are pleased to offer.

“We remain eager to support the next generation of top-class construction workers.”

All six NLC pupils signed up via the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) construction work taster programme. The programme is open to 16-25 year olds who are in education or taking part in employability programmes across Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire.

At GMG we are continuing to lead the way as ambassadors for young people and were the first construction company in Scotland to gain recognition from Investors in Young People – now known as Remarkable. We continue to build on our strong community commitment and our apprentice programme provides a number of benefits as well as continuous training and support.

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