During COVID-19 many of our friends, colleagues and peers within the Construction & Building Supply sectors have been affected by redundancies. As specialist recruiters in these areas, GCS acted by pledging their recruitment services, free of charge, to help as many people as possible back into employment. GCS completed the pledge recently by getting 21 people back into employment for 2021

Michael Parry, GCS Managing Director explained; “The reasons we decided to launch the initiative were two-fold: Firstly, we were inundated with calls from great people in our sector, not used to finding themselves out of work, who found themselves in quite serious dire straits. Secondly, last year there was a very real sense of coming together within society, and this was equally prevalent within our sector.

A lot of our clients were making very generous charitable contributions and we wanted to do our bit.  We were in a unique position where we could really help some of those suffering due to Covid related redundancies.  If we were able to get a few people back into employment whilst helping fill critical roles for our clients free of charge, we were happy – we wanted to give back to our sector!”

Many businesses took part or supported the GCS Pledge – Travis Perkins, Huws Gray, GAP Group, Sunbelt Rentals, The Bradfords Group, Encon to name just a few. The Builders Merchant Federation also kindly supported GCS in spreading the message and whilst also helping run a similar scheme in the CLC’s Construction Industry Talent Retention scheme.

One of the final few pledge placements were made with Huws Gray, a leading independent builders merchants in North Wales & the North West. Huws Gray employed 2 people as part of the initiative and Terry Owen, Huws Gray Managing Director said;

“GCS reached out to us about their pledge to get people made redundant due to the pandemic back into employment.  To offer up their time and resources without charge I found highly commendable, and we were happy to support this worthwhile initiative.  I am pleased to say we have our GCS Pledge candidates working for us and we’re really happy with these new hires.”

Michael Parry, Managing Director, GCS

Having recently completed the pledge GCS want to thank everyone who supported the initiative. Michael Parry commented;

 “We are pleased we’ve contributed to help our sectors recover from the impact of COVID. 21 people isn’t a huge number, but we know it meant a huge amount to those few.  I would like to say a big thank you to the BMF for endorsing the pledge, thank you to all those businesses that supported the initiative and of course, a big congratulations to those people who have successfully embarked on their new career via the GCS Pledge of 21”

 

IF YOU ARE HIRING IN 2021 OR WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON OUR RECRUITMENT SERVICES CONTACT MICHAEL PARRY.

e: michael.parry@gcsassociates.com
t:  0161 660 2548