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SWH announces 2018 ‘Apprentice of the Year’

Posted by on October 03, 2018 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards

SWH is pleased to announce that the winner of their annual ‘Apprentice of the Year’ Award is Ashley English, an Apprentice Roadworker working as part of the Plymouth Highways contract delivery team.  Ashley’s day-to-day duties range from developing CAD designs, to working to improve the footways and roads in and around Plymouth, all whilst balancing the requirements of his College course.  

Prior to joining SWH in 2017, Ashley had ‘hands on’ highway maintenance and construction experience, but did not have any formal qualifications.  Keen to develop himself further, Ashley asked his Line Manager if he could undertake an Apprenticeship with SWH,...

Employee Case Study - Steve Tart, Works Manager - Plymouth Highways

Posted by on March 08, 2018 in Company News

Employee Case Study - Steve Tart, Works Manager - Plymouth Highways

Steve Tart joined SWH in 2001 as a road worker with some construction experience but no formal qualifications to speak of.

From day one Steve showed enormous potential and was keen to take the opportunity to develop himself.

Over the course of the last 17 years Steve has risen through the ranks of the business attaining numerous qualifications along the way.  He holds a Street Works card, First Aid at Work and 12D Traffic Management qualifications.  His CSCS card shows an impressive 10 Highways and Construction NVQ's, in addition to full CPCS Plant Operator's card in various catagories.

SWH is proud to be...

SWH receives Presidents’ Award for safety

Posted by on August 30, 2017 in Awards, Company News

SWH receives Presidents’ Award for safety

SWH has achieved the President's Award and the Fleet Safety Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). This is given to companies who achieve a Gold award for 10 or more consecutive years.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in its 61st year.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said:...

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...

Multiple award wins for SWH Build

Posted by on April 06, 2017 in Awards, Company News

Multiple award wins for SWH Build

COACH Taunton
 

SWH Build is delighted to have won several awards for a range of projects in the south west.

It has been announced that the COACH Taunton scheme, on which SWH Build was the principal contractor, has won three Local Authority Building Control (LABC) awards in the categories of 'Best Public Service Building', 'Best Educational Building' and 'Best Commercial Building'. The COACH Taunton facility provides a range of outdoor activities for the community, along with a café. The building was designed to blend into its surroundings and has been used by a vast number of community groups since its opening.

The...

SWH begins work as new road maintenance contractor for Plymouth

Posted by on April 04, 2017 in Company News, Highways

SWH begins work as new road maintenance contractor for Plymouth

Left to right: Anthony Payne (Strategic Director for Place at the Council); Richard Towl (Managing Director of SWH); Councillor Steve Ricketts; Glynn Bramwell (Commercial Director of SWH); David Binding (Chairman of SWH) and Adrian Trim (Head of Highways, Parking and Marine Services at the Council).

Plymouth’s road maintenance services have now transferred to SWH.

SWH is carrying out all day-to-day construction and maintenance works on the highway and will manage the winter roads service (which runs from the beginning of October to the end of March).

All other functions are being managed by the Council, to ensure greater control over which works are carried...

SWH Build project shortlisted for prestigious award

Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Awards, Company News

SWH Build project shortlisted for prestigious award

SWH Build’s COACH Taunton project has been shortlisted for the ‘Leisure & Hospitality Project of the Year’ category in the Michelmores Property Awards 2017. The awards celebrate outstanding property and construction projects in Bristol, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall, across ten categories.

COACH, or the Centre for Outdoor Activity and Community Hub, is the exciting result of a vision to provide access for youth, sport, education and community in the heart of Taunton. SWH Build was the principal contractor on this scheme which called for the construction of an iconic, functional and sustainable building. The facility has a café with outdoor seating,...

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. 

Health & safety reporting results in £916 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Trust

Posted by on March 06, 2017 in Company News

Health & safety reporting results in £916 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Trust

SWH has donated a record £916 to Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) following its annual campaign to improve health and safety across the business.

SWH has pledged to donate £1 for every Safety, Health, Environment or Quality (SHEQ) event (otherwise known as ‘near misses’) reported by employees. SWH recognises the link between the number of SHEQ events reported and a reduction in health and safety incidents and issues monthly updates to employees and reminders to continue to report events throughout the year.

SWH has been supporting DAAT as its chosen charity since 2008. Employees have repeatedly selected DAAT as the charity they...