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Danny Sullivan Group Supports Thames Tideway Pre-Employment Programme

On the Tideway project, all three main works joint ventures sponsored a bespoke pre-employment programme, funded by the CITB, which includes 4 weeks of training to attain a CSCS card and other construction tickets, plus one week of site based work experience placement and a guaranteed interview. Danny Sullivan Group dedicated our time and resources to support the Tideway pre-employment programme. We are delighted to have nearly ten of the service users now directly employed with our company. Here is their stories:

Joseph O’Dwyer
Fifty-three-year-old Joseph O’Dwyer from County Tipperary, Ireland, was employed by Danny Sullivan Group after attending the Wandsworth job fair. The pre-employment training provided by the company lasted for five weeks and the courses, including training in first aid, allowed Mr O’Dwyer to develop and enhance his skills in the construction industry. Even though Mr O’Dwyer said he was not suited to the exams that were part of the academic system, he passed the test for a CSCS card on his first attempt. Mr O’Dwyer’s previous employment included a career in horse-racing and even though he dealt with adversity, he appreciated the opportunity to be employed by Danny Sullivan Group. Whilst Mr O’Dwyer worked for the company, he was a general labourer and he specialised in kerb laying. Mr O’Dwyer was acknowledged by Danny Sullivan Group with an award for his commitment, dedication and diligence on site and he, in turn, has been impressed with the services that are provided by Danny Sullivan Group. Mr O’Dwyer hopes that in five years he will still be in employment with Danny Sullivan Group and he stated that attending the Wandsworth job fair was one of the best choices he had made for his career development.

Jason Valentine
Jason Valentine, twenty-nine from Lambeth, South London, became aware of the Danny Sullivan Group’s training initiative when he spoke to the infrastructure provider Tideway at Wandsworth job fair. Danny Sullivan Group assisted Mr Valentine, a rehabilitated and reformed ex-offender, to sustain employment by helping him to develop relevant skills in the construction industry. The company booked him with courses on first aid, CSCS training and a level one programme in kerbing and laying slabs. Mr Valentine was particularly impressed that the pace of the training allowed him to learn a significant amount of skills in a short space of time. In the future, Valentine would like to see himself as a civil engineer.

Graham Tyrrell  
Fifty-eight-year-old Graham Tyrrell attended the Danny Sullivan Group pre-employment training programme after it was arranged by the Wandsworth Work Match at the Wandsworth job fair. Mr Tyrrell was unemployed for two years after he was diagnosed with arthritis from complications of an operation due to an accident on site. Mr Tyrrell has a great deal of experience in construction and he described Danny Sullivan’s development scheme, which lasted for eight-weeks, as informative in broadening his knowledge and skills in construction. Danny Sullivan Group arranged numerous courses on first aid, basic surveying, laying kerbs, the use and changing of abrasive wheels and helped him obtain his CSCS card during his training. In addition, Mr Tyrrell described the training day, which was on a construction site, as a particular highlight; the day helped him to incorporate problem solving and other important practical skills. Overall, Mr Tyrrell was delighted at the opportunity to work onsite at Blackfriars for the Thames Tideway Project.

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