STS sparks recruitment drive

STS sparks recruitment drive

A North East company specialising in stone restoration is defying the sector’s seasonal downturn as it sparks a recruitment drive.

Stone Technical Service Group (STS), which boasts the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Westminster Central Hall and Lumley Castle as clients, has a number of major contracts lined up for the year ahead.

As a result, the Darlington group has started a period of recruitment across all of its divisions but has discovered a major skills gap with a lack of experienced workers in the heritage, lightning protection and high level maintenance sectors.

Managing director, Dave Stone, said: “Our company has always been passionate about preserving traditional skills which are often overlooked. 

“Buildings will always need repairs and we work all over the UK restoring and maintaining everything from huge cathedrals to community churches as well as repairing precious artefacts such as weather vanes, war memorials, chimneys and flashings on roofs.

“All of the divisions in our group have seen a real growth and we’re certainly bucking the seasonal trend by creating in the region of 10 new jobs in the coming months.

“Many companies do lay staff off over the winter months due to a seasonal downturn but we are actively recruiting.

“However, there does seem to be a massive skills gap, as many young people don’t consider this sector as a viable profession.

“Having a skilled trade, which is what we offer, can be a huge advantage and there are so many career opportunities as well as ongoing qualifications from prestigious organisations that we work closely with.”

STS is on course to increase turnover by half a million pounds to £3m and managers are now projecting growth of over £1m pounds in 2016 with turnover expected to reach £3.5m.