Job's a good 'un as builders gear up for West Country boom
16 August 2017 by Emma Forster
Bristol builders Helm Construction have announced the latest round of appointments to keep pace with a packed order book – despite reports of widespread manpower shortages in the West building industry.
And an in-house promotion encouraging staff to attract friends into the business in return of a small fee is already bringing benefits in terms of new faces.
Marketing Assistant Emma Forster said: “We aren’t talking thousands but by adding a cash incentive it’s surprising how many of our site workers could come up with the name of friend who might be interested in joining our teams on one of a dozen and more sites around Bristol and Bath.
“We keep reading about the slump in the construction sector but nobody seems to have told the business developers and private individuals around Bristol as we are busier than ever!”
The list of new appointments includes Wayne Edwards, who has joined as a Quantity Surveyor, Dan Jones, a Groundworker/Labourer and Phil Bond, who joins as Site Manager on the prestige Lower Borough Walls project in Bath.
Danni Oliveira also joins as Contracts Manager.
Emma Forster said: “We are still looking for more Quantity Surveyors, Commercial Assistant/Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Senior Site Managers, Labourers and a Carpenter.”
Looking around the remaining Helm Construction sites, Site Manager Kev Davies steps up to take on a large project at Oriel House in Cheltenham while Martin Spill is now groundworks supervisor and will start to build up his own team.”
Fast-growing Helm Construction runs an award winning training programme for all members of staff and prides itself on developing team members from within.
“By constantly investing in new staff we can bring forward the next generation of skilled workers ready to step up when they are needed. We also try and restrict the numbers of subbies we have on our sites across Bristol.”
We believe in development of the individual from the apprentice up – and even our top trainers attend regular top-up courses to ensure they are passing on the right knowledge in the right way.”
Helm Construction is one of the fastest growing and progressive construction firms in the South West – employing more than 50 people on a dozen and more sites across the Greater Bristol and Bath area.