North Tyneside civil engineering firm boosts training team by adding three new faces

From left, trainers Steve Egglestone, Tracey Forshaw, Wendy Wilson and Lee Welford.
From left, trainers Steve Egglestone, Tracey Forshaw, Wendy Wilson and Lee Welford.

A construction firm has boosted its training team by recruiting three new members of staff.

Civil engineering contractor the Owen Pugh Group, based in Dudley, south of Cramlington, has taken on a new training co-ordinator and two new trainers to meet rocketing customer demand for construction plant competence tests.

They are plant trainers Lee Welford and Steve Egglestone and support worker Wendy Wilson.

Lee has spent the past 18 months as a plant operator for Owen Pugh and 20 years overall as an operative. Lee, of Cramlington, has also spent five years in further education, working as a national vocational qualification assessor for the construction plant industry.

Steve joins Owen Pugh with over 30 years’ experience of plant and a background in training forklift operators.

The group also welcomes training co-ordinator Wendy Wilson to provide day-to-day support to the team’s training services general manager, Tracey Forshaw.

Tracey said: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Wendy, Steve and Lee to the team.

“Each brings a wealth of experience that will take the business forward into our next stage of growth.

“With continued demand both internally and externally for construction plant competence scheme registration, the extra resource is invaluable.

“The additional expertise that they each bring to the team will enable us to expand our external training offer, particularly in the field of mobile elevated platforms, helping us broaden our scope into the wider industrial arena.

“As part of a business operating in all areas of construction, we appreciate that training, while essential, can put businesses under pressure, so our approach is completely adaptable and geared towards the specific needs of individual businesses.”

The Owen Pugh Group is made up of five trading companies operating in the civil engineering industry, undertaking earth-moving and demolition, drainage and groundworks, plant hire and haulage, quarrying, inert waste and drain cleaning, and CCTV surveys.

It employs more than 420 staff altogether.