Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

27 MAR 2017

King's Lynn firm Chalcroft nurtures award-winning talent

Lynn News - 27 March 2017

Lynn based construction company Chalcroft has shown its commitment to the next generation of industry specialists after its assistant quantity surveyor Charlie Ilson was named Trainee of the Year in the Mayor's Business Awards.

Charlie was among representatives of the Chalcroft team who met MP Sir Henry Bellingham and MEP Vicky Ford when they visited the firm's new head office in Campbell's Meadow recently.

After leaving school, Charlie joined Chalcroft as a trainee quantity surveyor, and has since become an assistant quantity surveyor, completing his BTEC Level 3 Diploma in construction and civil engineering with a double distinction. Having had the early part of his career development supported by Chalcroft, Charlie will further his studies through a BSc Honours degree in quantity surveying and construction commercial management.

Chalcroft has since employed three more trainee quantity surveyors, Harry Porter, Luke Reed and Luke Simonds, who will be supported in their educational development through qualifications and experience through construction projects.

Charlie Ilson said: "Joining Chalcroft straight from sixth form was a crucial step for my career development. I have gained priceless experience working on live projects. Chalcroft's educational programme is second to none, and as principal contractor on many different construction developments, I've had the opportunity to work on a number of projects for various clients."

Georgina Clark, Chalcroft group HR manager said: "I am immensely proud of our trainees and the Chalcroft trainee programme. The trainees take on a lot of responsibility when they join us following A levels, actively participating on projects under the mentorship of our quantity surveyors, whilst studying for a professional qualification during long days at college. They work incredibly hard and I am so pleased Charlie's efforts have been recognised with the Mayor's Business Award".

Paul Morley, managing director of Chalcroft, added: "Nurturing talent is extremely important to us and the wider industry, as we want to ensure that there are enough high-quality professionals meeting the sector's growing demands. Charlie is just one example of this, and over the coming years we hope to see more young professionals coming through and flourishing within the company."

Chalcroft has also pledged its support to best health and safety practices, having partnered with the Health & Safety Executive to champion 'Helping Great Britain Work Well'. As part of the campaign, Chalcroft works with contractors to raise awareness of key health and safety policies and regulations.

Chalcroft is also supporting the 'Learn to Prevent' campaign, promoted by the International Accreditation Society, a charity dedicated to effective health and safety training and assessment.

The relocation of its head office to Campbell's Meadow this year allows Chalcroft to better serve its customers and employees and provide efficient management on all of its live construction projects.

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