Robertson recognised for commitment to young workers

L-R Mark Blyth (commercial director, Robertson Tayside); Jane Elder (site support co-ordinator, Robertson Tayside); Laura Adam and Sandra Fisher (employment liaison officers with Helm); Helen Sykes (chief executive of Helm)

ROBERTSON Group’s work on youth employment and development in Dundee has been recognised with the awarding of ‘Friends of Helm’ status.

Employability group Helm Training awarded Robertson Tayside with the accolade for its Young People Strategy in providing opportunities for youngsters to break into the construction sector.

Five candidates from Helm Training received six-week work placements, with led to all five securing employment with Robertson, its contractors and suppliers.

Mark Blyth, commercial director of Robertson Tayside and the group’s young people champion for the region said, “As an organisation, we proudly bear the mark of excellence from Investors in Young People and understand the key part we play in attracting and developing future talent for the construction industry.

“Working with Helm allowed us to not only welcome enthusiastic young people to the workplace, but also offer them a sustainable career path. Innovative collaborations such as this helps us to recruit and develop the right people to help us address the industry skills gap.”

Helen Sykes, chief executive of Helm added, “Offering young people work experience to give them a fair chance to show what they are capable of is exactly the break that they need, and many of Helm’s students have also been offered jobs and apprenticeships as a result.

“Robertson is a terrific ambassador for the construction sector and the work of their team in Dundee is a shining example of an employer doing everything they can to help young people on in the world.”