ONE of the region’s builders is showing the recession has not affected its generosity by giving safety wear to trainee construction workers.
Newcastle-based Surgo Construction has further cemented its relationship with Northumberland College by donating high visibility jackets which will be used by students studying full-time on its bricklaying course.
Health and safety of construction site workers is something that has been drummed into the trainees from the outset, and Surgo says it was keen to support this.
The company has been involved with the college for a number of years, and has sent most of its apprentices there, including Karl Charlton who was named the Learning and Skills Council’s Apprentice of the Year in 2005. Mark Bolton, Northumberland College’s curriculum area manager for construction and engineering, said: “This is a very welcome donation from Surgo Construction and typical of how the college and the contractor engage with each other.
“In addition to sending its own bricklaying and joinery apprentices to the college, Surgo also supports us in a variety of ways including facilitating site visits for students and is also a member of our employers’ forum.”
Surgo’s construction director Jeff Charlton, said: “Surgo is committed to not only supporting its trainees, but supporting the college in as many ways as possible.
“We look forward to continuing to enjoy our excellent working relationship with the college and the mutual benefits it brings.”