Constructing new careers

A construction firm has teamed up with Newcastle University to help recruit and train the next generation of industry professionals.

Wallsend-based Turney Wylde is extending its recruitment of young people by providing opportunity to newly qualified graduates.

The need for people in the industry is acute after huge numbers left construction during the recession.

Turney Wylde director, Neil Ramsey, said: “As our workload expands, we need additional capacity to match the increased demand for construction services, which means employing increasing number of people at all levels.

“Turney Wylde believes that the way to achieve this is to provide new opportunities to young people just embarking on their career and organise structured employment.”

The latest recruit to join the business is Victoria DaCosta, who has been appointed as marketing assistant via Newcastle University’s programme.

Rachel Jones, from Newcastle University, said: “The scheme allows organisations to experience the benefits of employing a graduate before committing to a permanent role.”

She added: “We match businesses with both new graduates and those with between one and three years’ work experience. The scheme helps to retain talent in the North East and improve the regional economy.”

Mr Ramsey said: “The training and sponsorship of graduates and the employment of newly qualified graduates is an ongoing ambition of the business.

“We aim to provide long term employment alongside opportunities to progress. It’s because of this that people often spend their entire careers with us, for example plasterer Keith Waite has just retired after almost 50 years with the company.

“We hope some of our trades and graduate apprentices will also remain to build a long-term career with us as we push forward with our expansion plans.”