Apprentices on top of the world with key role

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 22 Dec 2017

A high-achieving apprentice from Scunthorpe’s Ashbridge Roofing showcased his talent at the country’s largest careers and skills event.

Twenty-four-year-old Lewis Gibson, from Grimsby, led demonstrations in roofing techniques with cedar shingle, slate and plain tiles at The Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC. 

The event draws crowds of 72,000 employers, educators and young people and promotes opportunities for training, apprenticeships and careers across a wide range of sectors.

Lewis, who has been an apprentice at Ashbridge Roofing, based on Northampton Road, for just over a year, had been selected to encourage other young people to consider roofing as a career by hosting a series of ‘Have A Go’ sessions. 

Part of the Ongo group, Ashbridge Roofing was established in Scunthorpe in 1997 and is one of the leading roofing contractors in the region. Most recently it re-roofed the grade II listed Victoria Mills in Grimsby for

Lindum Construction and is currently carrying out over £1 million worth of work for a local housing re-roofing scheme in Scunthorpe. 

Contracts manager Zak McKay, from Ashbridge Roofing, said: “This was an amazing opportunity for Lewis to use his experience and success to encourage more young people to take up an apprenticeship. 

“We are all very proud of the high standard of work he has produced, both on the job with Ashbridge, and throughout his college course. 

“We see a real benefit in taking on apprentices and growing our own talent at Ashbridge. Lewis is a great example of the value of apprenticeships. To have this opportunity to share what he has learned at such a large event is very exciting for him, for the Ashbridge team and for his college.”

He is one of two apprentices at Ashbridge Roofing, along with 22-year-old Caleb Townley, from North Cotes. Both are in their final year at Leeds College of Building and are due to complete their NVQs ahead of time.

Lewis has also recently received the termly Redland award from the Leeds Building College for showing effort, skill and commitment to achieve his NVQ. 

Lecturer Chris Messenger said: “I can’t speak highly enough of Lewis and Caleb, they are model students and a credit to themselves and Ashbridge Roofing. They always give 100% and their commitment to the course and job is commendable.”

Following the success of Caleb and Lewis, Ashbridge Roofing is looking to hire four more apprentices in 2018 to help grow the business.

First year completed by merged duo Hales & Coultas


​Scunthorpe heating and plumbing firm Hales & Coultas is celebrating 12 months in business. 

The company, set up by housing and maintenance group Ongo in 2016, has had a successful year, working with existing customers and generating new contacts with local businesses.

It has also grown its workforce, from seven to 23.

Andy Hales, manager of Hales & Coultas, said: “We’ve had a challenging but fantastic first year, and it’s great to look back and reflect on our achievements. We are proud to have provided more local people with job opportunities in heating and plumbing apprenticeships.

“Being part of the Ongo group means that we play our part in investing into the local community too.”

Based on Northampton Road, Scunthorpe, it was formed by Ongo by bringing together two successful North Lincolnshire firms – J Coultas Plumbing and Heating, based in Barton and A Hales Plumbing and Heating, based in Scunthorpe. 

Mr Coultas remains in the company, bringing combined experience of more than 70 years.

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