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Employer of the Year: Winner

Tamdown Group

Having been highly commended in 2015’s awards, Tamdown Group has gone one better to be named Employer of the Year for 2016.

The judging panel was full of praise for the company’s exceptional focus on its people and the huge progress it is making as an employer.

A provider of infrastructure, groundwork and reinforced concrete frame services, Tamdown grew turnover by 8 per cent in its latest results. In 2015 the company launched what it describes as a change management project:  Fit 4 Growth.

This saw Tamdown ask every one of its employees for their views on potential changes that could drive business growth, with 200 ideas and suggestions submitted.

As the judging panel recognised, the results to date have been impressive. Among the initiatives to have been implemented are a site foreman and contracts manager development programme to boost succession planning; an internal health and safety awards; mobile health checks for staff; and an expanded volunteering scheme that offers five days’ paid leave a year.  

Pay, rewards and benefits are benchmarked, with a workstream that aims to close the gap between office-based and site-based employee remuneration.

“Tamdown showed strong evidence of development and success across all areas of the business. This is a company that really understands the inherent value of its workforce and is prepared to invest”

Judges’ comment

One area that particularly wowed the judges was Tamdown’s efforts on apprenticeships.

The firm takes on around 15-20 apprentices every year. These are now arranged into teams with a dedicated site foreman who also acts as a mentor, committing time and experience to the new recruits during their two-year programme.

In addition, 2015 saw the firm roll out its Future Talent programme. Aimed at A-level students, this initiative offers a fully funded part-time degree worth £27,000, complemented by on-the-job training and experience.

The scheme aims to encourage students into a construction career and has already brought through four Future Talent employees.

Despite these relatively recent measures, quantitative benefits are already being realised.

Tamdown’s workforce increased by 9 per cent in 2015, with employee turnover falling by 4 per cent compared with 2014.

Such tangible results left judges in no doubt that Tamdown was the stand-out entry on 2016’s Employer of the Year shortlist.

Highly commended: McDermotts

McDermotts received high commendation from the judging panel for its investment in staff – particularly its apprenticeship measures, which were described as “mind-blowing”.

The company invested more than £100,000 in setting up an apprentice academy open to individuals and organisations across the West Midlands.

Results have been impressive, with no apprentices having left employment or dropped out of the programme to date.

The judges said: “For a business of McDermotts’ size, this scheme is mind-blowing. The firm is really investing in staff development to a very high level and should be commended for its foresight.”


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