£200m contract wins boost apprenticeship scheme

£200m contract wins boost apprenticeship scheme

Tyneside firm Wood Group Industrial Services (WGIS) has secured over £200m worth of contract wins allowing the firm to boost its current apprenticeship scheme.

The business, part of the international energy services company John Wood Group Plc, has agreed contracts spanning over the next five years with firms including Babcock International, Valero Energy Corporation and Shell.

WGIS will provide surface preparation, application of protective coatings, scaffolding, insulation, rope access and cleaning and fire sentry services to its clients.

Management accountant at WGIS, Mark Hudson, said: “These significant contract wins are amongst several high profile contracts the company is currently working on, including being the main painting contractor on the two new Royal Navy aircraft carriers currently under construction in Rosyth”

Thanks to its expanding client portfolio, the firm has a partnership with Gateshead-based Access Training, helping to successfully recruit and develop accounting apprentices.

“We now employ four and all of them have really impressed us and have all been taken on permanently before the end of their probationary periods,” added Hudson.

The latest recruit is Ryan Hamilton, 21, from Newcastle, who is employed as an accounts payable assistant.

He joins three other apprentices in WGIS’s finance team – Emma Smith, Shannon Gibson and Bethanie Brown, who are working towards their AAT qualifications with Access Training.