When Sir Robert McAlpine won the Training and Apprenticeships category in the Tees Businesswomen Awards it was recognition of their commitment to the next generation, says the firm’s Paula McMahon.
A national leading construction and civil engineering company for more than 150 years, which has a base in Billingham, Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) beat off stiff opposition to be crowned winners of the category in the recently held third annual Tees Businesswomen Awards.
“It feels absolutely amazing!” smiled structures engineer Paula as she received the good news via Zoom from Katie Woods-Ruddick of category sponsor PX Group.
Judges had been impressed by the sheer quality and diversity of the three shortlisted organisations, which also included Middlesbrough-based Paul J Watson Solicitor and Middlesbrough College.
“It felt absolutely fantastic to be representing Sir Robert McAlpine and I was thrilled when we were named the winners, especially since the field we were in was so strong,” said Paula.
While the judges of the Northern Skills Group-sponsored awards were faced with the difficult job of choosing a winner from three worthy contenders, SRM pipped the other two finalists to the post with an outstanding nomination which showed just how much effort they put into nurturing their staff, promoting apprenticeships and training the next generation of construction professionals.
“Sir Robert McAlpine is a family company very much still run by the McAlpine family who lead and create our direction,” explained Paula.
“In terms of training, we’ve always been really good as we know if we don’t help the next generation of people in the construction industry, then who is going to?”
The company were absolutely delighted to have been recognised for all their hard work.
“The award is really great recognition for the things that we do and also about commitment to the future of the industry on the whole and not just where we stand now,” said Paula.
As first-time entrants in the awards, SRM were proud of their involvement and inspired to learn more about the work of other businesswomen across the region.
“It’s fantastic to see so many people working so hard towards improving opportunities in the Tees Valley.”