Bell Group help youngsters paint a brighter future

Since entering into a partnership agreement with Clydebank Housing Association in 2000 Bell Group have endeavoured to provide the highest standard of workmanship and continuous improvement to the communities involved.

Most recently we entered into a project with both Clydebank Housing Association and Action for Children; this commendable charity supports and speaks out for the UK’s most vulnerable, neglected children and young people. Its work experience and training programmes help troubled youngsters identify career path options and enhance future employment prospects. 

Our challenge involved taking twelve participants – ten young men and two young women, all aged between 16 and 18 – from the West Dumbartonshire area, they were then responsible for painting and redecorating communal areas in Clydebank Housing Association high-rise flats. Over the course of six weeks, Bell Group personnel provided an intensive training programme plus one-to-one supervision, encouragement and continual assessment.

As well as ensuring relevant site safety and risk assessments were adhered to at all times, the company provided appropriate work wear, tools, and all materials. Bell Group site supervisor Stevie Farrell ran weekly ‘tool box talks’ to emphasise the importance of good working practices. This provided an invaluable opportunity to motivate the group and address any individual issues or problems.

Every member of the ‘Dumbartonshire Dozen’ demonstrated commitment, hard work, and self-discipline. Their remarkable achievements were honoured by local councillor Kath Ryall at a special presentation event on Friday 1st March, 2013.

Bell Group is committed to recruiting and training apprentices, The Company believe that developing its own skill base, from apprentice level all the way to management, has been a major factor in its successes. And, following the Clydebank Work Challenge, Bell Group offered two participants (Aiden McCauley and James McCormick) a further thirteen weeks training on the Employment Recruitment Initiative Scheme – the threshold to a Bell Group Apprentice.