Robertson is one of the UK’s largest independent construction, infrastructure and support service companies and has a firm base here in Tyneside. Established in 1966, the Group comprises 21 businesses and employs more than 2,300 people throughout the UK.
Robertson is committed to recruiting and developing talent through apprenticeships, both locally in Tyneside and nationally.
What does Robertson do in Tyneside?
Our North-East office is based in Gateshead, and we employ 278 people throughout Tyneside in the following sectors: construction, engineering services, facilities management, and housebuilding.
How many apprentices do you currently have working in the Tyneside area?
We have 42 young people working for us in Tyneside – many of whom have joined the business as apprentices and trainees.
The projects we are undertaking in Tyneside vary from constructing student accommodation in Newcastle to providing heating engineering services on the restoration of the Spanish City in Whitley Bay. Our current apprentices are employed in a variety of disciplines including: electricians, maintenance engineers, administrators, joiners, caretakers, ground maintenance operatives and heating engineers.
When did Robertson start taking on apprentices?
Robertson expanded in to the North East of England, commencing our first project in the area in 1999.
Apprenticeships are integral to bringing talent in to the business, and we actively recruit young people through our engagements with local education institutes and community groups. We establish and maintain long-standing partnerships in the local communities to promote careers in our industry, and equip young people with the confidence and skills required to succeed in the world of work.
What do apprentices mean to Robertson as a business?
Our Young People Strategy (YPS) was established to create opportunities for 16-24 year olds and a working environment which allows these employees (and indeed all employees) to develop and progress towards achieving their full potential.
As part of our YPS strategy, apprentices are a key route for talented young people to enter the business. We cater for all types of young people, from school leavers to university graduates, and support them to realise their full potential through structured development plans.
Apprenticeships are embedded in the culture of the Robertson Group, with several our Senior Management team having commenced their career through this route. Our executive Chairman, Bill Robertson, started his career as an apprentice joiner before he founded the company in 1966.
In Tyneside, one of our Managing Directors started his career as an Apprentice Heating Engineer at the age of 16.
What do you see as the benefits of degree apprenticeships?
The introduction of degree apprenticeships has been extremely beneficial to strengthen the Group’s partnerships with universities and colleges in the local areas that we operate.
The collaboration between industry and education is enabling our employees to gain a degree-level qualification, that aligns their studies with their practical experience at work. This reinforces their learning, allowing them the flexibility to complete the qualification at their own pace, and via their individual learning style.
For more information about Robertson and our work in Tyneside, visit the Group’s website.
Employers are entitled to a £1000 incentive for recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 or an apprentice aged 19+ who requires additional support, for more information about hiring an apprentice an how the Apprenticeship Levy can work for your business, visit our Recruitment page.