Inglefords invests in new talent

16 May 2017

Inglefords invests in new talent
North East based James Ingleford is taking on 12 new AIS Connect apprentices to help deliver its plans for growth.
Through AIS Connect’s comprehensive apprenticeship programme, which bolts on a traineeship at the front end, Inglefords worked with 12 trainees for seven weeks to assess work ethic and ability before committing to offering full-time apprenticeships.
Due to the high quality of the trainees’ work, Inglefords signed all 12 up for an apprenticeship
The company was set up six years-ago to support its sister company. Although originally 90% of Inglefords business came through this, today the vast majority of its work is external and a mixture of new build, social housing and large scale civil engineering projects based mainly across the North.
Recently accredited by NASC – the gold industry standard in scaffolding – Inglefords is now planning to build on this success and grow the business further. As well as taking on 12 new apprentices, Inglefords is investing heavily in its staff and is currently upskilling and developing its 120-strong workforce in qualifications such as COTS and part 1, Part 2 and TG20;13/SG4:15 training  through AIS Training.
Company Managing Director, Mark Davison said: “Inglefords has big plans to develop our customer-base and investing in our team is key to making this happen. We have a strong commitment to our staff and like to gain local employees from grass roots level, invest in them and hopefully they will build a long-term career with us.
“Previously apprentices were taken on following a brief interview process which didn’t offer the same results we are having now. With AIS Connect it was very different. We were able to try out the trainees for several weeks to see if they had the right attitude, work ethic and potential for Inglefords. They could also see if working with us was right for them.
“Every AIS Connect trainee was keen and eager to work and, because of the skills they were learning at the Connect Academy, they were productive from day one. As a result we’ve offered all 12 trainees a full-time apprenticeship with Inglefords.”