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Support from Opportunity Goole ensures that local construction firm is well positioned for further growth and success

20 June 2024

A Goole-based construction firm has secured apprenticeships for two of its young employees after receiving support from the Opportunity Goole team, funded by Goole Town Deal.

Scott Ransome, a Director of Helm & Ransome Construction Ltd, first spoke to advisors from the team at an event that they hosted in Goole to raise awareness of the free support and advice on offer to both local businesses and individuals.

He explained: “I went along to the Opportunity Goole event and met Linda, one of the advisors. Since then, Linda has been helping us with apprenticeships; she has got two of our lads onto apprenticeship courses so they will spend blocks of time at college and blocks of time with us.

“We’ll benefit by gaining more skilled workers, which will help us to grow the business.”

Scott explained that Linda is helping him to identify grant funding sources to meet the cost of other training opportunities for members of the Helm & Ransome team, and has also put him in touch with the Invest East Yorkshire Business Support team, which is part of East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The Business Support team has encouraged Scott to sign up to the Supply Chain Network, a directory of local suppliers, ensuring that, when contracts arise in the local area, Helm & Ransome is well positioned to be able to bid for and secure them.

Scott added: “It has been quite helpful and I would encourage others who are looking for support to make contact with Opportunity Goole. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction and may also be able to help you access grant funding to cover the cost of training and other support.”

Linda Naylor of the Opportunity Goole team said: “We’re delighted to have been able to help get two of Scott’s employees onto apprenticeships, as well as helping him to identify other potential sources of grant funding to help with the future training needs of the business. Meanwhile, our colleagues in the Invest East Yorkshire Business Support team are helping Scott to ensure that he’s aware of and able to go for any suitable local business opportunities that come up locally.”

  • Opportunity Goole provides easy access to information about local job opportunities, training provision, business support, grant funding and more to anyone over the age of 16 years. As well as helping people to gain the knowledge and skills they need to secure employment, the team also works with local employers to ensure that they can recruit local people with the skillset that they’re looking for. To find out more about Opportunity Goole or to arrange an appointment, visit www.gooletowndeal.co.uk/projects/opportunity-goole/ or email: opportunity.goole@eastriding.gov.uk.