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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Construction firm wins special award

Bosses at a construction firm say they are delighted after being handed an award for their innovative approach to tackling the industry’s recruitment crisis.

Sophie Shorey, Julian Kirkham, Jacqui Gough and Shaun Humphries with the trophy
Sophie Shorey, Julian Kirkham, Jacqui Gough and Shaun Humphries with the trophy

SWG Group, which has offices in Shrewsbury and Welshpool, was presented with a Judge’s Special Award at the Powys Business Awards on Friday October 8 2021.

Judges said they were particularly impressed with the company’s efforts in establishing the SWG Construction Academy at Llanfyllin High School, which sees staff helping students working towards a GCSE in construction and the built environment.

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SWG director, Jacqui Gough, said everyone at the firm was proud to be recognised for their investment in future generations.

“We were thrilled to be shortlisted in the first place, so to actually win the award is a real delight,” she said.

“Engaging with the next generation of construction workers, and encouraging our staff to reach their full potential, is absolutely ingrained throughout our business.

“When we launched the SWG Academy we did it because we want to make a difference to the lives of those studying and we want to share our expertise. It’s all about encouraging and developing the construction workers of the future.

“It was a big undertaking to launch but one we didn’t think twice about doing – as many of our staff are former apprentices and knew this would have a big impact.

“To be recognised for that with this award is great and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff.”

A specialist from SWG attends the school once a month to demonstrate practical skills in woodwork, plumbing, electrical, plastering, tiling and decoration, fix joinery and bricklaying – as well as vital health and safety training.

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