Investing in young people and giving them the opportunity to upskill and gain qualifications, whilst working alongside more experienced tradesmen, is key to the future success of the business.
Richard Marshall, Managing Director of Grayton Ltd, comments:
“Apprenticeship schemes are key to our industry and here at Grayton we have an objective to employ new recruits, with support from HETA and ECITB schemes. We endeavour to improve our team by investing in apprenticeship training throughout the workforce.
“In addition, we are improving the existing team with trade specific training, bringing them up to a level where we can build for the future. Semi-skilled young people work alongside our more experienced tradesmen to learn skills such as welding and pipe fitting. The two-to-three-year upskilling programme enables these young people to achieve an ACE card – Assuring Competency in Engineering.
“Once the current trainees have completed the programme, we will recruit further young people. We are investing in upcoming generations, as well as ensuring that we have skilled tradesmen for the future. We are dedicated to supporting the companies that build Britain through a continued investment in training.”
During the past five years, Grayton has also invested in its site capabilities, as well as modern 7,000 Sq. Ft workshops. In 2020, the company enhanced the existing pipework team by investing in new equipment and quality management. These improvements have resulted in an increase in turnover of 100% within two years and a client bank that now includes ICL Potash, Tata Steel, Singleton Birch and Cemex.
Les Mumby, Project Manager at Grayton, comments: “We have made significant investments, purchasing specialist plant and equipment to enable us to support our pipework team. We will be moving into an additional facility in the new year where we can conduct fabrication and testing of new pipework.”
“With support from our in-house design team, we are able to conduct turnkey bespoke projects to meet clients’ requirements. With the added benefit of our design technology, we can work around new and existing plant restraints and offer this as a service to resolve difficulties with on site measuring. We provide a complete Engineered Solution to include Design; Fabrication; Installation and Commission – we are a one stop shop to assist our blue-chip clients to resolve difficulties seen when modifying existing facilities.”
In the past year, the team at Grayton have been commissioned to work on a range of prestigious projects throughout the UK. At Tata Steel in Hartlepool, Grayton replaced a section of underground gas pipework, from concept through to decommissioning, line repairs and commissioning. Meanwhile, at Tata Steel in Corby, the company relocated the existing gas supply lines from a restricted access Atex working area to a maintenance accessible elevation.
Finally, various projects were also completed at Guardian Glass in Goole. Grayton collaborated with the client from concept through to design approval, including fabrication and installation of new steelwork and associated pipework to commissioning, as well as a new steam supply, N2 & H2 supply, and a new cooling water system.