North Construction & Building is an organisation that has long recognised its position as a successful business in the community and the responsibilities that come with that.
As a company, North is committed not only to their clients and subcontractors, but also their staff, the local communities they live and work within and the environment. North's workplace learning programs continue to grow also and are now widely acclaimed.
"Investing in vocational education and training underlines North's commitment to staff development and long-term careers," North Managing Director, Matthew Cook explained.
"Our various apprentice, cadet, trainee and work-placement programs over the years have contributed to the organic growth of our business and to the development of our future leaders - both of which greatly enhance our positive corporate culture."
With approximately 95 full-time staff across offices in Newcastle and Tuggerah, North has a rich history of investing in work placements, trade apprenticeships and construction management cadetships.
They go above and beyond others in the industry with current staff participating in one of the workplace learning programs making up 25% of all North employees.
By doing this, the company is able to maintain a strong, positive culture founded on well understood and practised values as it continues to grow.
At the same time, this support and training investment in people commencing their career strengthens the overall construction industry.
"By providing valuable skills and hands-on experiences, we are very active in promoting vocational education and training, the construction industry and the varied career options available to the participants of our programs," Mr Cook said. "We recognise the value of developing new and existing employees through an apprentice, trainee or cadet program and find that early engagement of students through work-placement opportunities, industry presentations at school and career day participation, has the greatest success here."
As a local employee-owned commercial construction company, North has an unwavering commitment to excellence and the advancement of people.
More than 50 per cent of all North's employees have only ever worked for the company in addition to North being named Australian Medium Employer of the Year at the 2018 Australian Training Awards.
"Being an employer of choice has long been a part of our company's stated vision," Mr Cook said. "Our vocational and education training offerings not only help us achieve this but also contributes to our success and longevity in the industry."