• 11 September 2019
  • News, People,

Gateshead-based contractor Tolent welcomed 10 new colleagues to the business this month with a mix of trainee, year out and student placement positions across its northern offices.

Having secured over £120m worth of work over the last 12 months making it the number one contractor in the North East region, Tolent’s investment in winning work is reflected in its commitment to its future workforce.

A mix of trainee roles have been recruited for including site managers, quantity surveyors and engineers, with the trainees going onto some of the contractor’s most high profile sites including the £84.5m Milburngate project in Durham.

A long-time supporter of the award-winning PlanBEE programme from Gateshead College and Ryder Architecture, Tolent has appointed three past PlanBEE students to the roles, as well as welcoming a new cohort of students.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome my new colleagues to the business,” said Tolent CEO Andy McLeod. 

“Our workload continues to grow across the North East and the UK, so it’s important that we invest in our people, which this business has done consistently for the last 36 years.

“For those who are just starting out with their careers, it’s fantastic that we have such a wide range of projects to help shape what we hope will be long-term careers with Tolent.”

The number of staff across the business, which operates nationally, is around 430 people, with numbers expected to rise in the coming months and years as the contractor looks ahead to new wins.

Matteo Minchella, trainee quantity surveyor at Tolent, said: “Having just finished sixth form and about to start my degree in Quantity Surveying, to have my first on-site experience on a project like Milburngate I know is going to set me up for great things!

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity Tolent has given me and I’m very much looking forward to my future at the company.”

The recent Milburngate contract win will see Tolent deliver a major regeneration scheme in Durham for the Arlington Richardson Development Partnership, including 153 executive apartments, hotel, office and commercial space and is the latest regionally-significant project the business has been involved with. 

With a resumé including Hadrian’s Tower in Newcastle, Sunderland’s award-winning Beacon of Light, the UK headquarters of Sage in Gosforth, and the stunning 1846 Roundhouse in Camden and many projects across the country, the business recently announced plans for a £190m Garden Village in Seaham.

The proposed plans include 1,500 homes, half of which will be affordable houses and half of the village will be managed green space, including extensive parkland, a football pitch, play areas and allotments linked by a network of more than 4.75km of landscapes paths and cycleways.