星期五, 7th 十一月 2014

Breaking ground in Swaziland

Walter Lilly team helping to build a better future for disadvantaged children

On Wednesday 5 November 2014 the Walter Lilly team of Adam, Andrew, Charlie, Erica, Megan, Scott and Zoe broke the ground in Swaziland.

They are working to Build A Future for children orphaned or disadvantaged mainly by the high infection rate of HIV running at 26%.

The task they have been given is to build a new store room at the local infant’s school. This started with excavating the strip foundations. The digging in the hot sun has led to some blisters but the team crack on regardless! They were surprised when a building control officer turned up to ensure everyone was wearing hard hats…

Spirits are high – undoubtedly fuelled by the local beer brewed in the bush and served with creepy crawlies to enhance the flavour. Adam tells us that he has plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit in his diet which is good to know!

Whilst we are sure downtime is rare with so much work going on, the team have found the time to tour Lobamba, go for a swim and visit the local town where they were struck by the harrowing levels of poverty.

Communications are limited but when we hear more we will keep you posted.

星期二, 28th 十月 2014

‘Build a Future’ for vulnerable children in Swaziland

Our team heads out to Africa to aid a charity construction project

On Sunday 2 November 2014 six of our trainees/students/younger staff depart on a two week trip to Swaziland to carry out building work on a local community project.  The trip is Company funded but in part contributed to by the charitable endeavours of the staff involved. This is the first year we have run this scheme and the first of our lucky attendees are Adam Rohan, Andrew Millis, Charlie Saunders, Megan Forster, Scott Ward and Zoe Wickins. Erica Denman, as a seasoned veteran of this trip, will accompany the group as team leader.

The scheme is called “Build a Future” and is run by a charity called All Out Africa which organises a number of volunteer led projects in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Swaziland.  Volunteers can assist with building, teaching, community work, sports development and conservation work.  In Swaziland a lot of the focus is on orphaned or vulnerable children who are an unfortunate result of increasingly high HIV infection rates.   Latest estimates are that 26% of the population are carriers (as a comparison, in the UK the reported figure is 0.2%)

The building work is tough as everything is done by hand from levelling the ground with a pickaxe, mixing up mortar with a spade and making bricks one by one using your body weight to compress the blocks and the sun to dry it all.  As an example the deluxe classroom & kitchen unit in the pictures below was made with the following tools:  3 happy volunteers, 1 local builder, 2 wheelbarrows, 2 trowels, 2 spades, 2 rakes, 1 machete, 1 pickaxe, 1 bit of mesh, 1 hammer, 2 sponges, 2 oil drums for access to up to the roof and wood used variously as scaffold, props, levellers, roof supports and beams.

Through Build a Future, volunteers have helped to build  a community centre, a classroom, several toilets and a shop unit amongst other equally venerable structures.  It is an extremely rewarding venture for both parties.  The children obviously have somewhere to eat, shelter, use a loo and learn but they also benefit a great deal from interaction with English speakers, be it a simple hug and hello or teaching them how to read the time.  As for the volunteers…well that’s simple….one can never appreciate how fortunate we are in the west until one sees these children, without anything  in the world, still smile, still play, still be happy.…and all because they now have a classroom in which to learn the alphabet.

All the very best to Adam, Andrew, Charlie, Erica, Megan, Scott and Zoe for the trip.

There is a computer at their hostel so will do our best to keep you updated on their adventure!

星期三, 26th 二月 2014

Training & Development

Walter Lilly continues to remain deeply committed to encouraging young people into our industry.

Following Andrew Crispin and Andrew Postlethwaite’s recent attendance at the Loughborough University Architectural Engineering & Design Management (AEDM) Careers Fair, we are delighted to confirm the acceptance of an offer of employment for our first design management graduate.  We are also providing three design management undergraduate year work placement’s commencing with Walter Lilly in July 2014.

The addition of these four design management students to our team will bring our total current headcount of Loughborough University trainees / sponsored students to twelve.

Our successful sponsorship arrangement with the students of Loughborough has now been running for over 15 years and we are excited to add Design Management to our already successful programme for the Construction Management and Quantity Surveying disciplines.

Our commitment to comprehensive environmental, health and safety training also continues…

Recent arrivals at Walter Lilly are undertaking the four day Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course accredited by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and four day First Aid at Work course.

Existing staff are attending SMSTS refreshers, PASMA Mobile Tower training and Scaffold Awareness courses.

星期四, 5th 九月 2013

Degree News

Congratulations to three of Walter Lilly’s graduate trainees

Congratulations to three of Walter Lilly’s graduate trainees who have recently achieved excellent academic results as follows;

Zoe Wickens
1st Class Honours Degree in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying

Andrew Millis
2:1 Honours Degree in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying

Megan Forster
1st Class Honours Degree in Construction Engineering & Management