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£3.7bn City Building and Wheatley joint venture officially launched

(from left) GHA chair, Bernadette Hewitt, Christopher Conn, apprentice joiner at City Building, City Building managing director, Graham Paterson, Nicole Woodburn, apprentice joiner at City Building, and Morag Johnston, executive director of financial services for Glasgow City Council

(from left) GHA chair, Bernadette Hewitt, Christopher Conn, apprentice joiner at City Building, City Building managing director, Graham Paterson, Nicole Woodburn, apprentice joiner at City Building, and Morag Johnston, executive director of financial services for Glasgow City Council

A new £3.7 billion joint venture (JV) between Wheatley Group and Glasgow City Council launched this week with a pledge to provide a modern, localised and even more efficient repairs and maintenance service to thousands of affordable housing tenants.

On April 1, Wheatley became a 50/50 joint owner with the local authority of City Building (Glasgow).

The JV will provide repairs and investment work to Wheatley’s Registered Social Landlords in the west of Scotland – GHA, Cube and Loretto – as well as the Group’s mid-market commercial housing subsidiary, Lowther Homes, and its property management company, YourPlace.

Bernadette Hewitt, chair of GHA, said the JV represented “an exciting opportunity to take the repairs and maintenance service to the next level”.

She added: “Tenant feedback has played a major part in shaping what will be a modern, more efficient service provided by locally-based repairs teams closer to their customers.

“The joint process review designing this new, improved service will ensure it is even better equipped to match and exceed customers’ needs and expectations.”

The JV, which will employ more than 2000 staff, will be responsible for Wheatley’s annual housing repairs budget of £33 million and annual investment budget of £27m, as well as carrying out £30m of repairs annually on behalf of the city council.

The GHA tenant chair added: “The launch of the JV is a very important milestone on our journey to achieving customer-service excellence.

“Customer research has shown consistently over many years the vast majority of tenants and factored homeowners appreciate the very good repairs service provided. Our aim in taking forward this JV with Glasgow City Council is to consolidate and further improve that customer satisfaction.”

Annemarie O’Donnell, chief executive of Glasgow City Council, said: “This ground-breaking partnership will build on the significant and positive impact City Building has already had on Glasgow over the last decade – delivering jobs, training and first-rate services for communities and tenants.

“We are securing 2,000 jobs and more than 2,000 apprenticeships for at least 30 years, including work for people with disabilities, through the RSBi workshop. The deal also delivers a £180 million investment in training and skills.

“That is a huge boost for the whole city, its economy and its people.”

Dr. Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said “The excellent skills, dedication and commitment of our workforce will bring added value to Wheatley Group customers.”

The JV will aim to recruit 60 apprentices per year over the next five years, with 35 of those apprentices coming from Wheatley communities.

Last month Wheatley and City Building launched a double recruitment drive for new apprentices, with Wheatley looking for 30 new Modern Apprentices and City Building taking on 60 trades apprentices.

Over 130 Glasgow firms in line to win City Building contracts

Graham Paterson executive director of City Building

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building

Glasgow construction firm City Building is giving scores of city businesses the opportunity to achieve growth after appointing them as suppliers.

The company awarded 136 Glasgow-based firms framework sub-contractor status to supply more than 70 construction and trades services which range from ground investigation and demolition to joinery, heating and plumbing services and installation of micro renewables.

Each of the successful suppliers were subject to a detailed evaluation process, with their bids individually assessed by a team of 20 experts across eight separate divisions within City Building. Factors that were considered during the evaluation process included environmental sustainability, employment of apprentices and delivery of community benefits.

The firms have been awarded framework status for three years with the option to extend their agreements by up to 12 months. More than four fifths (82.5%) of the successful businesses are SMEs (small-medium sized businesses), potentially delivering a major economic boost to the Glasgow’s SME community.

The framework is part of City Building’s commitment to contributing to the Glasgow economy.

According to recent research, City Building supports a turnover of nearly £325 million across companies in the city. It also supports a total of 3,877 jobs in Glasgow and estimates that 73.5% of its supplier spend is placed with companies based in the city.

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said: “We are extremely proud of the positive impact our supplier development activity has had on Glasgow SMEs, supported businesses and the third sector.

“Our new sub-contractor framework agreement will help us to continue to drive wealth and create employment opportunities across the city.”

The framework agreement has been welcomed by the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland chair, Martin Little, who said: “Glasgow’s smaller businesses are extremely important and contribute significantly to the local economy, and public procurement can be a very effective way to help them grow and thrive.

“Our research shows that for every £1 spent with an SME, 63p was re-spent in the local area compared to 40p in every £1 spent with a larger business. This is why we have asked public sector agencies in Scotland to spend at least 10% of their procurement budget with local micro firms by 2020.

“While there is much more that could be done on public procurement and supply-chain development, this is good work from City Building. With the Glasgow City Deal’s £1.13bn investment in the pipeline, we want to see more local firms getting value from public spending.”

Councillors approve £3.7bn City Building ownership restructure

City Building 016Glasgow City Council has today agreed to share ownership of its construction business City Building Glasgow with Wheatley Group in a 50/50 joint venture worth £3.7 billion.

The partnership between Scotland’s largest council and the country’s biggest social landlord will secure thousands of local jobs over the next 30 years.

Under the deal, City Building will undertake all repair work for Wheatley’s social landlords in the west of Scotland including Glasgow Housing Association (GHA).

As well as securing 2,000 jobs and more than 2,000 apprenticeships over the next three decades, the joint venture will also sustain employment for disabled workers at City Building, which has returned over £50 million to the council since it was established 10 years ago.

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This is the biggest deal of its kind in the UK. When the joint venture was originally proposed, it was valued at £2.7bn over the next 30 years, however significant additional value has been identified as the detailed business planning has been undertaken and refined, with an additional £1bn of value created.

“A range of other significant opportunities have been identified in the expanded business plan – for example, RSBi, City Building’s specialist manufacturing division, which employs more than 260 local people, around half with disabilities, will undertake a range of additional work for Wheatley Group subsidiaries. Importantly, the JV will also invest £180m in training its people and improving skills over the 30-year period.

“The positive impact on our communities and on the wider Glasgow economy will be enormous. Securing 2,000 jobs and 2,000 apprentices is a fantastic legacy for the people of Glasgow, not to mention the thousands of tenants of Glasgow Housing Association who will enjoy an industry-leading range of services for many years to come.”

A shadow board will now be created and work will start on formally establishing the new 50/50 JV from 1st January 2017.

GHA chair Bernadette Hewitt said: “Our priority is, and has always been, to ensure a first-class repairs and maintenance service for our tenants and factored homeowners and the new JV is the best way of doing this. We are pleased that plans are progressing well and approval for the joint venture by both Glasgow City councillors and Wheatley Board is an important milestone.”

The announcement follows a report last month by economic researchers the Fraser of Allander Institute which revealed that City Building supports a turnover of nearly £325m across companies in the city.

The 50/50 joint venture goes before Wheatley Board on December 14 for approval.

The joint venture’s business plan is calculated to be £93-£99m per annum over 30 years.

A further £23 million per annum of work will be carried out by RSBi, including current works from Glasgow City Council and additional opportunities within Wheatley Group’s new build programme, e.g. kitchens, timber kits, windows and door sets.

In addition, a further £6m per annum will be invested across the organisation in training.

City Building celebrates a decade of constructing economic growth in Glasgow

City Building 027A major new study by influential think tank the Fraser of Allander Institute has outlined the scale of City Building’s contribution to the Glasgow economy.

The report, which is published this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the arm’s length contractor being established by Glasgow City Council, reveals that City Building supports a turnover of nearly £325 million across companies in the city.

The study confirms that City Building directly employs 2,253 staff – nine out of 10 of whom live in Glasgow – and supports a total of 3,877 jobs across the city. In addition, the £63m paid in salaries to City Building’s staff supports a total of £108.5m worth of wages in Glasgow.

According to the analysis, for every two jobs that City Building provides a further 1.44 jobs are created and for every pound paid in wages to City Building employees an additional 71p in wages are generated across the city.

Amongst other key findings are that one in eight construction jobs in Glasgow is provided by City Building and that the company accounts for almost 1 per cent of all jobs in Glasgow; directly employing one in every 120 people in the Glasgow workforce.

The report also examined the wider impact of the company’s socially responsible training and employment practices, community work and charity activities on Glasgow. Key findings include:

  • City Building has provided a total of 1,102 apprenticeships since 2007, with 94 per cent of apprentices completing their training compared with an industry average of 75 per cent
  • 70 per cent of the company’s time-served served apprentices found permanent work at City Building
  • Almost three fifths (58.9 per cent) of City Building employees are either qualified or working towards a qualification
  • City Building estimates that 73.5 per cent of supplier spending is placed with companies based in Glasgow
  • City Building employees contributed voluntary work worth an estimated £2 million in Glasgow in 2015

More than half of the 260 staff employed by Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi), City Building’s manufacturing division, has a disability.

The report was carried out by Stewart Dunlop, research fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute, who said: “The key findings of this study are estimates of City Building’s economic and social impact on Glasgow.

“The results demonstrate that the company’s activity has a very considerable effect on employment opportunities in Glasgow, by creating jobs for a diverse range of people and providing the skills and training required to achieve economic growth in the construction sector.”

In February, the company agreed a 50/50 joint venture with the Wheatley Group, which will deliver £2.7 billion of new work. City Building estimates the deal will secure 2,000 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships in the Glasgow area.

Cllr Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “City Building makes a huge contribution to the council’s priorities – and the incredible work it has done to provide apprenticeships for young Glaswegians and supported employment for people with disabilities speaks for itself.

“What this new report from the Fraser of Allander Institute spells out is just how valuable this great business and its socially-inclusive approach to training and employment has become to the entire city.

“That’s something everyone at City Building can be very proud of – and something I expect to see go from strength-to-strength under the new partnership with the Wheatley Group.”

Trio of award wins for City Building

Celebrations at the Glasgow Business Awards

Celebrations at the Glasgow Business Awards

Glasgow-based City Building has been recognised for its people management practices with a trio of award wins in the last month.

The building contractor’s award cabinet has seen three new additions in the form of Diverse Social Enterprise of the Year, Public Sector Employer of the Year and a People Development Award. The company has been widely praised for its apprenticeship and training programs as well as its diverse and equal workforce.

City Building and Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) won the Diverse Social Enterprise of the Year award at the inaugural Herald Diversity Awards, for promoting equality diversity and inclusion. RSBi – the manufacturing division of City Building – designs and manufactures a wide range of high quality furniture for major construction contracts. More than half of its 260 staff have a disability, including sensory and physical disabilities.

RSBi collect the Diverse Social Enterprise of the Year award

RSBi collects the Diverse Social Enterprise of the Year award

City Building also received the award for the Public Sector Employer of the Year at the Skills Development Scotland Scottish Apprenticeship Awards and the Glasgow Business Award for People Development. The firm was recognised as the largest provider of apprenticeships in Scotland, while priding itself on treating each apprentice tradesperson as an individual.

City Building has trained more than 1,110 apprentices since 2007, some of them from Glasgow’s most deprived areas.

Graham Paterson, executive director at City Building, said: “To be recognised by three different awards bodies is a true triumph and a testament to our hardworking staff and apprentices.

“We take people development including training, diversity and equality extremely seriously across the business and the awards are a great chance for all of us at City Building to celebrate the excellent work being carried out by our company’s emerging talent.”

City Building celebrates its talent at 10th annual apprentice awards

City Building ApprenticesCity Building has rewarded the tradespeople of tomorrow at its 10th annual Apprentice Awards which took place on last week.

81 apprentices from across all sectors of the business including, construction, administration, heating and painting and decorating were shortlisted for the awards at the City Chambers in Glasgow.

24 awards were handed out at the event which saw 2nd year apprentice painter and decorator Lisa Murphy named City Building Apprentice of the Year in addition to winning the 2nd Year Painter and Decorator award earlier in the evening.

Lisa Murphy

Lisa Murphy

Lisa (19) from Shettleston has had a successful year having already scooped the Trades House Modern Apprentice of the Year award and has made it through to the next stage of the prestigious Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year Awards having won the regional heat.

Speaking after picking up her brace of awards Lisa said: “It was great to be nominated for the award but to win is an amazing surprise.

“I’ve learned a lot working at City Building and have been given the opportunity to work on incredible high profile projects including the World Gymnastics Championships and the ‘Hello, My name is Paul Smith’ exhibition. Every day is different and I feel it’s given me the opportunity to gain more experience and learn new skills and techniques.”

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said: “The awards are a great chance for all of us at City Building to celebrate the excellent work being carried out by our company’s emerging talent and to have the apprentices’ families in attendance to experience their achievements adds to the excitement.

“Lisa is a prime example of the type of skilled young tradesperson that City Building is determined to develop and it is important that we take the time to recognise her and the other award winners for their achievements over the past year.

“We are very proud to support and develop anyone who demonstrates the drive and enthusiasm it takes to succeed which Lisa and the other apprentices recognised at the awards clearly have. I’m confident that they all have bright careers in front of them.”

The shortlisted apprentices were recommended by their managers and went through a rigorous interview process by the management team in order to be selected.

The judges selected Lisa as the City Building Apprentice of the Year for her capability and logical approach to tasks and attitude towards her job. They commented that she was very thorough and always produced an excellent standard of work.

Adam Gibbs and Kevin McCarron were also recognised on the night with special Life Long Learning awards for their hard work and dedication over the last 12 months.

Adam and Kevin entered the adult apprentice programme from City Building’s supported facility Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi). They are due to complete their apprenticeships later this year.

To top the celebrations off on the night, Clyde One DJ Grant Thomson presented City Building with a Gold Cash for Kids Corporate Patron disc in recognition of the company’s efforts to support and raise vital funds for Cash for Kids which aims to support the most vulnerable children in our communities affected by child poverty.

Wheatley Group to provide £30m housing boost for Glasgow

GHA chair Gordon Sloan joins tenant Nicola Blair and daughter Laila, and tenant John Traynor, chair of GHA’s local committee, and wife Rachel at Cathay Street in Milton

GHA chair Gordon Sloan joins tenant Nicola Blair and daughter Laila, and tenant John Traynor, chair of GHA’s local committee, and wife Rachel at Cathay Street in Milton

A Glasgow community is in line for a £30 million boost that will see more than 170 new affordable homes built and hundreds of existing houses upgraded.

Wheatley Group and two of its housing associations, GHA and Cube, are behind the major investment in Milton in the north of the city.

In the first phase of new housing, 70 homes for social rent will be built on empty land at Liddesdale Road. The homes, which include 21 amenity flats specially adapted for older people and seven for wheelchair users, are being brought forward by Cube with the £7.4m project being partly funded through a grant from Glasgow City Council. Contractor City Building (Contracts) is due to start work on the site in April.

GHA is meanwhile developing plans for 54 more new homes at Cathay Street in Milton. The £6m project is expected to start in 2017 subject to planning consent and grant approval from Scottish Government.

Outdated and unpopular flats in Scaraway Street, Shapinsay Street, Egilsay Street and Vallay Street will be demolished by GHA after more than 96 per cent of local people supported proposals for demolition. Local GHA staff are currently working with all the residents to help them move into new homes of their choice before the £1.3m demolition project begins.

Once the demolition at the Scaraway site is complete, GHA plans to build 50 more homes for mid-market rent on the site. Talks are also under way between Wheatley and Glasgow City Council on the wider regeneration of the area. This phase of the regeneration of Milton is expected to involve a further £6m investment.

As part of the overall £30m investment, GHA and Cube are also upgrading and modernising their existing homes in the area with GHA carrying out £9m of improvements over the next five years. Cube will also be installing new kitchens and showers in its homes in the area.

GHA chair Gordon Sloan said: “We listened carefully to people in Milton during a community consultation. What people told us was that many of the existing tenements are just no longer the kind of homes people want to live in. The new homes Cube and GHA will build, and the improvements to existing homes, will make a huge difference to the community and I look forward to seeing our plans take shape.”

Cube chair Liz Ruine said: “Cube is delighted to be playing its part in making Milton a better place to live long into the future. The new homes, particularly the amenity flats for older people will provide much-needed affordable housing for people in the area.”

Housing minister Margaret Burgess added: “I am pleased that Wheatley Group, as this latest significant investment illustrates, is delivering quality, sustainable affordable homes for tenants across Glasgow.

“Families in the Milton area will reap the benefits from these new environmentally-friendly affordable houses because they are easier to heat, helping to drive down energy bills and tackle fuel poverty.

“The Scottish Government will continue to do all it can to support similar developments, not only in Glasgow, but across the whole of Scotland.

“Our new target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the next five years is bold, credible and affordable. This is a 67% increase in completed homes over the next five year period.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The creation of 170 new – and hundreds more refurbished – homes is great news for Milton.  I am particularly delighted with the building of new homes for older people.  All of this work reflects the huge number of new homes being built in the city just now.”

The new homes being built by Cube and GHA in Milton have been made possible through the issue of a £300m public bond on the capital markets by Wheatley Group in late 2014. The money raised is being used to help deliver 3000 homes across Central Scotland.

Blog: The importance of apprenticeships

Gavin Hay City Building

Gavin Hay

Gavin Hay, training manager at City Building and chair of the Scottish Building Apprenticeship Council, says Scottish Apprenticeship Week (29 February – 4 March) is a timely reminder for us to look more closely at the important role young people play in securing the future of our industry and the next generation of talent.

Back in 2008, Glasgow became the first city in Scotland to offer every school leaver the opportunity to learn a trade, a commitment in which City Building had an important role to play.

At the heart of this was the pressing need to address the country’s construction skills shortage while ensuring that Glasgow was ready to meet the challenge of preparing the city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Eight years and more than 1,000 craft apprenticeships later and we’re seeing the benefits of our decision to invest in the workforce of the future.

Quality apprenticeships can help people to progress and succeed while for businesses like ours, they equip us with a skilled workforce able to compete in an increasingly demanding marketplace.

There are countless examples of men and women at City Building who joined us as apprentices and have gone on to have very successful careers in the industry – our executive director, Graham Paterson, followed exactly that path, is an example of what can be achieved through hard work.

The ethos of nurturing and supporting our people is at the heart of our business, and helps explain why we have one of the most successful apprenticeship programmes in the UK, with a 92 per cent completion rate compared with an industry average of 74 per cent.

As we look to the future we must look at the opportunities continued investment in the workforce will bring for our business and for our industry.

In order to meet the challenges that will come along, it’s important that we continue to attract young, talented individuals to our industry while at the same time improving our gender balance, to ensure that we can continue to deliver major construction projects quickly and efficiently. It is important that more investment, in line with the sectors’ Skills Investment Plan (SIP) published for the construction sector last year, is made to develop the younger generation and combat skills shortages in our trade.

There have been reports for some time of a skills gap in the construction industry where talents like bricklaying, steel-fixing and concreting are in short supply.

One way of addressing this loss of skills within the industry is to encourage more young people to consider an apprenticeship as a career route as well as by encouraging more businesses to see the value in offering these types of development opportunities.

Apprenticeships are crucial to business growth. They provide a continued pipeline of talent that will secure our industry’s future, inject new ideas and enthusiasm and give us all the impetus to look ahead with confidence.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a reminder to organisations of the important role that apprenticeships play in securing the future of our industry and the increased need for a more strategic approach to nurture and grow talent within the industry.

Glasgow City Council agrees £2.7bn repairs JV with Wheatley Group

City BuildingWheatley Group has today confirmed it will progress plans to deliver its repairs and maintenance service through a new joint venture (JV) with Glasgow City Council.

Heads of terms have been agreed that will lead to Wheatley – parent company of Scotland’s largest social landlord Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) – becoming a 50-50 joint owner and partner in City Building Glasgow, the council’s wholly-owned subsidiary.

The new £2.7 billion partnership between Scotland’s largest council and the country’s biggest social landlord will secure 2000 jobs and more than 2000 apprenticeships as well as sustaining employment for disabled workers for the next 30 years.

As well as delivering a £33 million a year (excluding VAT) repairs service for Wheatley, the JV will be responsible for GHA’s £27m annual capital investment programme and the city council’s own repairs, worth £30m annually.

Gordon Sloan, chair of GHA and a director of Wheatley Group, said: “Our number-one priority is to ensure our tenants and factored homeowners continue to receive in the years ahead an outstanding repairs service and the new JV gives us the best opportunity to do that.

“GHA and Wheatley have a strong and productive record of partnership working with City Building and Glasgow City Council and we look forward to building on that excellent platform in the years ahead.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This deal is a hugely important step that secures jobs, apprenticeships and training places, and future investment for the city.

“It will guarantee 30 years of work, worth £2.7billion, in challenging economic times and generate a further £225million for the city’s wider economy every year.

“Wheatley Group’s investment demonstrates how our partnership has worked over the past 13 years and the group’s complete confidence in City Building to continually deliver the quality and service they expect.”

City Building won what was then GHA’s five-year repairs contract, with an optional four-year extension, in 2009. The extension was exercised by Wheatley, GHA’s (new) parent organisation in 2013.

Last year, with two years of the contract to run, Wheatley’s Strategic Development Committee commissioned an independent options appraisal, looking at everything from procuring a new tender and bringing the service in-house to exploring the possibility of a JV.

Campbell Tickell, independent consultants specialising in housing and regeneration management, were appointed to lead the review, supported by a panel of advisors, comprising:

  • top UK property managers Savills, who appraised repairs service delivery and the commercial environment for repairs contracts in Wheatley’s operating area;
  • Big Four accountants PwC, who conducted a complete financial assessment;
  • leading Scottish law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn, who focused on all possible legal issues;
  • and respected corporate advisors Spence and Partners, who studied all pensions matters.

In December, Wheatley Board approved a recommendation from Campbell Tickell to take forward two options – taking the service in-house and forming a JV with City Building – for further examination.

At a meeting on February 24, Wheatley board then accepted the Campbell Tickell recommendation, accepted by Wheatley’s Strategic Development Committee, to “proceed to detailed due diligence and negotiation of the joint venture with GCC”.

Campbell Tickell’s report and risk analysis concluded a JV offered Wheatley a range of critical advantages, including its ability to;

  • build on an established record of strategic and working relationships with City Building and the existing high level of operational integration;
  • lower the overall risk of failure or an adverse impact on the quality or continuity of service delivery;
  • avoid the need to incur millions of pounds in start-up costs;
  • provide opportunities to incentivise the workforce and develop a culture that would lead to further improvements in performance and efficiency;
  • benefit from cost pooling and management efficiencies;
  • introduce state-of-the-art systems, reduce overhead costs and move towards a multi-skilled workforce;
  • and benefit from City Building senior staff’s commercial skills and experience.

Wheatley Group chair, Alastair MacNish, said: “The independent review concluded a joint venture was the best means of providing a truly top-class service to our customers and communities. We are totally committed to improving an excellent repairs service that is already achieving 93 per cent customer satisfaction, whilst gaining maximum value for money.

“In the months ahead, we will work through the detail of how the JV will operate, aiming to have everything in place to proceed in 2017.”

City Building awarded gold standard for supporting youth employment

The City Building team and apprentices with Roseanna Cunningham in the centre, City Building chair, Councillor James Adams on the left and City Building executive director, Graham Paterson on the right

The City Building team and apprentices with Roseanna Cunningham in the centre, City Building chair, Councillor James Adams on the left and City Building executive director, Graham Paterson on the right

City Building has been presented with a prestigious employment accreditation for its efforts to prepare young people for the world of work.

Cabinet secretary for fair work, skills and training, Roseanna Cunningham, presented the construction team with their Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold accreditation during a visit to the company’s award-winning training centre at Queenslie.

The gold accreditation is the highest level any company can achieve in the IIYP framework, which aims to support organisations looking to recruit, retain and develop young people.

The cabinet secretary with painting and decorating trainee Lisa Murphy, 18, from Shettleston

The cabinet secretary with painting and decorating trainee Lisa Murphy, 18, from Shettleston

City Building achieved the certification for its commitment to deliver industry-leading training at its centres Queenslie College, Laurieston Construction Skills Academy and the learning centre at the company’s supported employment facility, Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi).

The judges were particularly impressed by the level of coaching and mentoring provided by City Building’s managers helping the apprentices reach their full potential.

Cabinet secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “I am very pleased that City Building have signed the Scottish Business Pledge and achieved their gold Investors in Young People Award. These landmarks clearly demonstrate that they are fully committed to both developing their young workforce and promoting a fair an equal workplace.

“They already have a very strong track record on apprenticeships and I am sure both the firm and their trainees will benefit from such dedication.”

Ms Cunningham with Joinery trainee Lauren MacGregor

Ms Cunningham with joinery trainee Lauren MacGregor

City Building chair, Councillor James Adams, said: “We are proud of City Building’s long standing commitment to support and develop the workforce of the future, giving them the skills, experience and determination they need to succeed.

“That our managers have been singled out for the first class training and support they provide to our apprentices is a noteworthy achievement in itself. They go above and beyond what is expected and this demonstrates that the company’s commitment to excellence is embedded throughout our entire workforce.”

Investors in Young People is delivered by Investors in People Scotland specialists whose expert knowledge, skills and experience have helped a range of organisations across the country attract young talented people to their business.