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Exeter College names SWH Build Employer of the Year

Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Building Construction, Company News

Exeter College names SWH Build Employer of the Year

SWH Build has been named Employer of the Year for Painting and Decorating by Exeter College, due to its support of Apprentice Zach Miller

At the presentation on Wednesday 25th November, Bill Foote, Head of Construction at Exeter College said: “SWH is a company that puts the safety, care and interests of their employees first. They have always shown outstanding support for their apprentice Zach, right the way through his apprenticeship journey. Skills officer Paul Leaman has always been very impressed by the professionalism and support shown whenever he visited site. Pastoral care of apprentices is a key priority for Skills Officers and therefore for their outstanding commitment...

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.

“I...

SWH employees become Apprenticeship Ambassadors

Posted by on November 09, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH employees become Apprenticeship Ambassadors

Two SWH employees, James Clark (Road Worker) and Darren Guppy (Apprentice Road Worker) have volunteered to become Apprenticeship Ambassadors for the Plymouth Apprenticeship Network.

 The Network is an association of Plymouth based employers and training providers and, together with the 1000 Club, was looking for apprentices and ex-apprentices who can spare a little time to share their experiences and offer advice.

Full training is given, which includes attending a one day training session and then a follow up workshop. It is important that employers are able to support the Ambassadors as they must undertake a minimum of one school visit...

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) recognises SWH as having one of the highest achieving National Skills Academy for Construction in the country for second year running

Posted by on October 21, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) recognises SWH as having one of the highest achieving National Skills Academy for Construction in the country for second year running

SWH, leading provider of Highway Maintenance and Construction services throughout the South West, has been recognised by the CITB as one of the highest achieving National Skills Academy for Construction in the country, for the second year running. 

SWH became a National Skills Academy for Construction in 2013, and now works in close collaboration with local schools and colleges, with a focus on promoting the industry to younger generations.

 SWH invests heavily in quality training, determined to ensure a highly qualified, professional workforce. Established in 2004, the Academy offers a wide range of specialist construction training and engineering apprenticeship courses, often...

SWH Apprentice Road Worker Awarded City and Guilds Gold Medal for Excellence

Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training, Highways

SWH Apprentice Road Worker Awarded City and Guilds Gold Medal for Excellence

Paul Dainton who works for South West Highways in Newton Abbot is the second SWH Apprentice to have won this award. 

The 30-year-old was awarded the award at the City and Guilds of London Institute's annual Prince Philip Medal ceremony which was presented by Princess Anne, who is president of the Institute.

 Paul said: "I'm really proud of what I have achieved with SWH over the duration of my apprenticeship. I've learnt so many skills through the excellent teaching structure and I've been able to gain valuable experience from all of my colleagues. 

This experience has taught me that you're never too old to...

SWH Civils has completed the construction of a helipad at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.

Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Civil Engineering

This facility replaces the old grassed landing area with a state of the art helicopter landing facility. 

The new helipad provides a 24 Hr landing facility for the hospital which enables a wider range of aircraft than was previously possible to land adjacent to the Derriford Hospital Emergency Unit.

Devon & Cornwall Air Ambulances along with air sea rescue Sea Kings can now access the hospital day and night, helping the Hospital Trust continue to improve their services to the community.

SWH has proudly supported the Devon Air Ambulance Trust as it’s chosen charity since 2008, having raised nearly £5,000 for the cause...

South West Highways is proud to be supporting Devon's Community Transport Awareness Week between 9th - 15th June.

Posted by on June 03, 2015 in Company News

South West Highways is proud to be supporting Devon's Community Transport Awareness Week between 9th - 15th June.

Despite diversifying and growing into a multi-disciplinary contractor, road maintenance remains our core market and therefore the safety of Devon's residents on the road is of paramount importance to us as a firm.

Regionally focused and committed to the South West, SWH are so pleased to be on board with a scheme that seeks to inform local residents of how community transport can be beneficial to them. For more information on Transport for your Community and to get involved, visit the official website here.

SWH & Balfour Beatty joint venture awarded £40m Highways contract extension

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Company News, Highways

An SWH joint venture with Balfour Beatty (SWHBBIS) has been awarded a £40 million ten-year extension to its existing contract to deliver operations and maintenance (O&M) activities on the 102 km A30/A35 Exeter to Bere Regis trunk road on behalf of Connect Roads, for ultimate customer Highways England.

The SWHBBIS joint venture was appointed as the operations and maintenance contractor for this stretch of trunk road in 1996. In 2006 the joint venture was re-appointed to deliver a contract with enhanced service delivery management responsibilities.

The joint venture has continued to build a strong relationship with Connect Roads, demonstrating added value and...

Double Considerate Constructor's Award success for SWH

Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Awards

Double Considerate Constructor's Award success for SWH
SWH has recently been awarded two Considerate Constructor’s Awards.

SWH will attend the highly anticipated awards ceremony in London alongside leading industry figures including Nick Baveystock, Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Paul Everall, Chief Executive of the LABC (Local Authority Building Control). At the ceremony they will find out how their awards have been ranked; bronze, silver or gold.

The firm has been notified that they will be receiving one Considerate Constructor’s Award for the Devon County Council Highway Term Maintenance Contract Northern Division and a second for the Crediton Link Road project.

SWH has successfully tendered for and...

SWH Build to transform Taunton Landmark

Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Building Construction

SWH Build is pleased to announce that work is due to commence on transforming part of Taunton’s landmark Market House into a 21st century visitor centre.

The existing Tourist Information Centre (TIC) will be moving into the historic building this summer – and changing its name to become Taunton Visitor Centre.

The centre will share the venue with new restaurant Wildwood and the aim is to have the doors open, ready to welcome visitors by mid-July this year, in time for the Taunton Live festival.

The relocation from the TIC next to Taunton’s main library in Paul Street will help attract even more...