Robertson challenges its young people to succeed



Robertson has challenged its young people to make the most of their opportunities and get involved with driving the industry forward.

The infrastructure company held its inaugural ‘Catalysts Conference’ in Edinburgh last week, bringing together 80 of its employees aged between 16-28 from across the company.

The conference was designed to inspire, encourage and challenge attendees, provide information on how they can take control of their own development and career path and to give them a voice within the organisation.

A range of inspirational speakers helped galvanise the group throughout the day, who focused on key themes of digital technology, innovation and sustainability. The conference comes just months after Robertson was awarded Investors in Young People Gold in recognition of how it attracts, develops and retains future generations. Robertson also boasts Investors in People Gold and is one of only 26 employers who have achieved Gold in both schemes.

Derek Shewan, CEO at Robertson, said: “I was delighted to be part of our conference and see the enthusiasm, creativity and passion from everyone involved. Innovation, sustainability and productivity must be prioritised by infrastructure companies if they are to be successful both now and, in the future.

“At Robertson, we are passionate about developing our young people and providing them with positive career paths. The conference was a fantastic way to bring together employees with a host of different skills and challenge them to bring their own ideas to the table that will ultimately help transform all the work we are involved with.

“We are committed as an organisation to giving our young people the tools they need to succeed, as they represent the future not only of Robertson, but of the whole industry, and we will help and support them to achieve their full potential.”

(from left) Robertson employees Douglas Johnston, Donna Graham and Mollie Hughes with Robertson CEO Derek Shewan

Speakers at the event – which was held at Dynamic Earth – included social entrepreneur and co-founder of Social Bite Josh Littlejohn MBE, mountaineer and adventurer Mollie Hughes and founder of Dare2Lead John Loughton.

Attendees were also able to meet the Robertson Group Board and participate in a challenge workshop designed to seek new ideas and solutions that could support the company going forward.

Alex Wells, bid communications manager at Robertson Facilities Management, who travelled from Newcastle to attend, said: “It was really good day and I left feeling energised and proud to be part of Team Robertson. Having the Board in attendance shows their commitment to young people and it was great to learn more about them and the work they do. It really shows how invested they are, and reiterated the limitless possibilities within this business.”



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