We are very proud of our workforce retention rates, which are far ahead of the industry averages. There is a reason for this and it is a simple one – the O’Keefe Group staff are proud to work for the business.
By directly employing qualified technical staff to manage and supervise all construction, residential, demolition and soil remediation projects undertaken, together with the majority of on-site trade operatives, we have the advantage of complete control over quality of workmanship, meeting performance targets and managing costs to ensure client satisfaction. It also means that the O’Keefe Group offers considerable career opportunities for our staff.
All our employees hold, or are in the process of obtaining, the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and continued professional development is actively encouraged, with many of our staff working towards NVQ Level 3 or higher in their specialist area.
Our apprentice programme is continually developing and we are delighted that a number of our senior people began their working lives as an apprentice at the O’Keefe Group.
Here is the story of just one of them – Estimator Stephen Davis
After completing my six months apprenticeship training programme at Bircham Newton in Norfolk, I commenced work onsite putting my training into operation. Over the course of the following two years I worked for both the construction arm of the business, as an apprentice machine operator and ground worker, and the soil stabilisation arm of the business specialising in lime and cement stabilisation.
In year three of my employment I was working in the office for a temporary period when I came across the commercial side of the business and I haven’t looked back since. Through the support, encouragement and direction of my peers within the O’Keefe Group, during the course of the following five years I completed both a HNC in construction and a degree in quantity surveying, achieving top grades while still working full time as a trainee estimator. During the past eight years that I have been working in the estimating department I have been fortunate to have been involved in some high-profile schemes including the Olympic Media Hub Stratford, Westfield Shopping Centre, Kew Gardens, Temperate House, Battersea Power Station Phase 1 and many more. I would advocate the apprenticeship type of scheme that I have been involved in provides a wide introduction to the world of groundworks in construction, and would recommend apprenticeships as a method of both gaining employment while also providing an opportunity for people to continue with their academic learning.