Walsh was established over 36 years ago and over this period of time it has become increasingly apparent that our local communities do and can have an enormous influence on the lives of the individuals who live within the community. Walsh is based in Nelson in East Lancashire and has recognized the importance of employing local people and using local suppliers, goods and services. Throughout the course of the last 36 years, Walsh has undertaken projects within the communities local to its base in Nelson and also local to the projects that Walsh has been involved with throughout the United Kingdom. Of particular importance has been its annual recruitment drive within East Lancashire for apprentice electricians and mechanical engineers with the specific aim of bringing the newly qualified apprentices into the Walsh team. When seeking to employ additional staff, it has and continues to be the Walsh approach that the first port of call is to look at its existing employees and explore with them the possibility of further training and in-house support with the aim that they can take the next step-up in their careers. Walsh has also employed former offenders and given them the support needed for their re-integration into full-time employment and training. This has necessitated setting up a liaison process with the former offenders’ families to ensure that the rehabilitation process is a complete one. A further focus has been to employ those former members of the Armed Forces. The ethos adopted by Walsh is to look into every sector of society for its workforce.

The team at Walsh appreciate that a whole spectrum of resources are required to support its workforce and these often extend to the immediate families of its employees. It prides itself in its approach to youth employment and works closely with local government departments and youth organisations to recruit its annual in-take of apprentices. It looks forward to inviting those at school or college to come into the office to spend some time with the staff to give them a flavour of the working day and lives at Walsh. The team at Walsh have wide and varied working and personal experiences who offer these to all sections of society.

For 2020, Walsh have set exciting targets for its team to increase its collaboration with local communities and charities. It continues to focus on local labour, local spend, work placements and apprentices.

Social Responsibility Projects

Walsh has a 36-year legacy of sponsoring individuals raising monies for local and national good causes. Walsh sponsors those running marathons, half marathons, sponsored walks, sponsored swims, tough mudders, sponsored silences, and whatever else might come the way of Walsh. Local charity golf days are regularly supported together with local fund-raising events for Pendleside Hospice. Walsh sponsorship has even extended abroad through the sponsorship of children for the last 11 years in Kenya and Sierra Leone so that school fees are paid for children whose state education ceases at the age of 11 years. Walsh has also paid for numerous school uniforms for Kenyan school children and supplied daily essentials such as bedding, grain, clothes, pens, books, bicycle and a goat! This is an on-going commitment.

Training

For Walsh, Health and Safety has the utmost importance. All employees hold the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme card which accredits the qualifications and experience in the electro-technical industry. All Walsh operatives have completed the following:

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  • Working at Height
  • Manual Handling
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • IPAF – scissor and boom
  • PASMA – high and low
  • First Aid
  • Harness Training
  • Abrasive Wheel
  • SSSTS
  • SMSTS

Apprentices & Further Training

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