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SWH Group scoops Apprenticeship Development Award

Posted by on May 02, 2017 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards, Company News

SWH Group scoops Apprenticeship Development Award

SWH Group has been awarded the Apprenticeship Development Award at this year’s Plymouth Herald Business Awards.

The ceremony, which took place 20 April at Plymouth Pavilions, saw more than 500 attendees gather to celebrate businesses that have helped shape the city’s success over the past year.

The awards had 17 categories and were presented by Paul Burton, Editor of The Herald and Sarah Pullen, regional managing director for The Herald's parent South West Trinity Mirror plc.

SWH was shortlisted in the ‘Apprenticeship Development’ category for its work in employing and promoting apprenticeships in Plymouth and the wider region. SWH has been shortlisted for...

SWH employee shortlisted for Excellence award

Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards, Company News

SWH employee shortlisted for Excellence award

Anna Cooper (shown far right), SWH’s Project Skills Co-ordinator, has been shortlisted for Constructing Excellence South West’s ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ Award in the Image of Construction category.

Anna has worked for SWH for more than three years promoting construction related careers, training and apprenticeships to people throughout the south west. Anna has developed strong relationships with a network of schools and further education colleges during this time. More recently, Anna has expanded her work to help hard to reach groups such as the long term unemployed, NEETs (those not in full time education, employment or training), ex-offenders and former...

SWH Group shortlisted for award

Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards

SWH Group shortlisted for award

SWH Group is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Apprenticeship Development category at the Plymouth Herald Business Awards 2017.

The shortlist, announced yesterday, lists SWH Group alongside several prominent and prestigious organisations within the area.

Anna Cooper, Project Skills Co-ordinator said: “It is very exciting to be nominated for an award in such a competitive category. As a company we work hard to champion and develop construction apprentices and it is an honour to have been recognised.”

The awards ceremony takes place at Plymouth Pavilions on 20th April, where the winner will be announced. 

SWH Group teams up with The Royal Marines Charity

Posted by on November 09, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH Group teams up with The Royal Marines Charity

SWH Group has teamed up with The Royal Marines Charity to support Royal Marines.

One of SWH’s objectives as a National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) is to provide Taster Days for under-represented groups. This month, we offered a Taster Day to The Royal Marines Charity in Lympstone.

The Royal Marines Charity is an organisation that supports Royal Marines who face leaving, or have left the service due to injury, in their transition to civilian life and to help them to pursue challenging and enduring careers.

Ten Royal Marines attended and the event ran from 10am - 1pm, beginning with a site safety induction, followed...

SWH Apprentice of the Year 2016 announced

Posted by on September 28, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards, Company News

SWH Apprentice of the Year 2016 announced

Sam Moore with Glen Robinson, MD of South West Highways

SWH Group’s annual Apprentice of the Year has been announced, with the award going to Sam Moore, a Business Administration Apprentice working within the Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) department.

Sam has been working at SWH Group for just over two years as part of his apprenticeship with Exeter College. His role is varied and he carries out a range of duties related to incidents, SHEQ Events, TRACA, face fit testing, calibration, LOLER and at our Annual Safety Days. Sam is often the first port of call for people requiring...

SWH Group teams up with Aggregate Industries to train apprentices

Posted by on August 04, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH Group teams up with Aggregate Industries to train apprentices

SWH Group has teamed up with the local arm of Aggregate Industries to provide practical training exercises to Construction and Civil Engineering apprentices.

SWH Group has worked closely with Aggregate Industries on a number of community focussed initiatives, including the recent construction of a wheelchair friendly driveway for a paralysed lady in Ottery St Mary.  The companies have teamed up again to provide a practical exercise for a team of twelve apprentices as part of their ongoing training.

In this case, Aggregate Industries needed to construct a footpath around its asphalt quarry in Rockbeare, which is also used for the sale of...

Apprentices help paralysed mum regain independence

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training, In Our Community

Apprentices help paralysed mum regain independence

SWH Group Highways Apprentices recently gave up their time to build a driveway for a paralysed mum of four in Ottery St Mary.

Lucy Lowe was injured in a freak accident and complications following surgery to remove her coccyx left her confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Lucy was in hospital for 21 months as the family tried to raise funds to pay for alterations to their home. Lucy was able to return home in March this year but couldn’t leave the house on her own due to the property’s steep drive.

In April, SWH Group Apprentices and...

SWH Group and Building Plymouth opens new Job Shop in Plymouth

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training, Company News

SWH Group and Building Plymouth opens new Job Shop in Plymouth

SWH Group, in partnership with Plymouth City Council’s ‘Building Plymouth’ initiative, opened a ‘Job Shop’ at 107-109 Mayflower Street on 11th May.

The Job Shop, which is located at the site of the new Plymouth Coach Station, currently being built by SWH Civils, will serve as a resource for those who are interested in careers within the construction and the built environment sector.  Representatives from SWH Group, Building Plymouth, Plymouth Construction Training Group and Jobcentre Plus will be on hand to provide advice and guidance to jobseekers and career changers about the exciting opportunities in this diverse sector, enabling local people...

New intake for SWH

Posted by on January 01, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH has just announced it is to recruit several Apprentice Roadworkers.

As part of a two year scheme, the successful candidates will learn the vital skills needed for highway maintenance through on the job training and at our dedicated training facilities at Rockbeare.

At the end of the two-year Apprenticeship, each candidate will have qualifications in various disciplines, including a Level 2 NVQ, Traffic Management, Street Works and Emergency First Aid at Work.

Simon Bourne, SWH’s Learning and Development Manager, will be supporting the Apprentices throughout the programme along with a dedicated Apprentice Liaison Manager. He comments: “As an Investor in People, we...

South West Highways Ltd welcomes 222nd apprentice

Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training, Highways

South West Highways Ltd (SWH) is pleased to welcome its 222nd apprentice. Ruben Forrester, 19, of Okehampton, Devon, is undertaking an NVQ Level 2 in Highways Maintenance (Construction) – Excavation Operations which he will complete in 2017.

After enrolling at university to study filmmaking and media, Ruben soon realised that this path wasn’t right for him and returned home after a year. Ruben wanted to take on a challenging, hands-on role that would teach him a variety of skills and looked into apprenticeships for various trades, such as plumbing and carpentry, before settling on the scheme offered by SWH.