Winner: GAP Group
GAP Group stood out among a strong collection of finalists to be named Employer of the Year, with the judges hailing its successes in both getting the basics right and going the extra mile for its staff.
The past year has been one of strong growth for the company, with revenue increasing by 21 per cent in 2013/14 compared with the previous 12 months and net profit rising by 50 per cent.
As part of this growth, GAP introduced three new divisions and opened 14 depots across the UK during 2013.
Accordingly, recruitment hit record highs, with the company’s workforce growing 6 per cent to stand at 1,050. Over the same period, 8 per cent of its employees were promoted internally.
GAP demonstrated a clear commitment to apprenticeships as part of its recruitment policy. The company works with Hire Association Europe on the LifeMAPS scheme, which is designed to support the development of 18-24-year-olds to prepare them for work.
“GAP takes an incredibly comprehensive approach backed by clear conviction and has clearly worked hard to make itself a business people care about”
As part of this initiative, GAP offers apprenticeship opportunities either as a hire desk operative or a fitter.
During 2013 the business took on 14 new apprentices, taking its total to 61, all of whom have the option of employment with GAP once they have completed their training. The firm supports this policy by mandating every one of its depots to have at least one apprentice on the team.
Furthermore, the company is fully geared towards professional development, with dedicated internal training initiatives and a strong coaching programme.
The judges were similarly impressed with the company’s efforts on health and safety. During 2013, GAP recorded a 50 per cent cut in RIDDORs and rolled out a comprehensive risk management framework.
A dedicated team within the business also implemented safety campaigns to raise awareness among staff of potential issues. The judging panel praised GAP’s approach as “real commitment, not just token efforts”.
Huge credit was also given for the company’s success in developing strong relationships with its employees and fostering an outstanding culture across the business.
A family-owned firm, GAP applies core values of trust and integrity throughout its operations.
Employees are kept fully up to date with the firm’s vision and strategy thanks to regular team meetings and communication direct from the board, while all staff benefit from the company’s profit share scheme.
With the company targeting further growth and a 50 per cent rise in its headcount over the next three years, the judges were in no doubt GAP and its staff have a positive future ahead.
Lagan Construction Group