A Doncaster joinery business has been honoured for its efforts to tackle the construction skills gap by providing local employment and training opportunities.
Greenfield Joinery, owned by former joiner Kai Hannan, 45, was named subcontractor of the quarter by Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) in recognition of its commitment to skilling up apprentices.
The company with working on SHC’s developments at Prince’s Gardens and East Hill Gardens in Sheffield – which are being constructed by ENGIE – and it has recruited five apprentices and provided 15 jobs to grow its workforce to 75 over the last year.
“Having worked in the profession for many years, there can be no denying that it is getting harder to source qualified trades people,” Hannan said.
“Working in partnership with SHC we have been able to expand our business whilst supporting and developing the communities in which we operate through training and job creation.
“As a local business it is vital that we play our part in addressing the national skills shortage by investing in the next generation of joiners/trades people.”
SHC says it is committed to supporting organisations, communities and individuals within the city. To date, working with its partnering organisations its delivered 500 local jobs, 50 apprenticeships and over 200 work placements.
John Clephan, SHC’s project director, said: “It is inspiring to see companies like Greenfield joinery investing in local training and employment. Each quarter we look to recognise the companies that are showing exceptional commitment in this area and Greenfield Joinery are a very worthy recipient.”
SHC is Sheffield City Council’s joint venture development company, established with private sector construction partner Keepmoat Homes and Great Places Housing Group.
Main Image: (Left to right) John Clephan, project director for Sheffield Housing Company; Mick Hobbs, senior contracts manager, Greenfield Joinery; and Ashley Watson, site manager, ENGIE.