Motherwell-based construction manufacturer collaborates with North Lanarkshire Council on employment initiative

Global manufacturer of off-road haulers, Terex Trucks, recently recruited two new members of staff at its Motherwell factory through the North Lanarkshire Council Supported Enterprise Service.

The initiative, designed to support disabled and disadvantaged individuals into employment, provided opportunity for Terex Trucks to strengthen its workforce with the appointment of Darryl Crichton and Gary Whitehouse. Terex Trucks operations director, Paul Hudson, discovered the scheme at an open day event hosted by North Lanarkshire Council (NLC).

Darryl Crichton and Gary Whitehouse were recommended by NLC based on the job roles available at Terex Trucks. The pair then secured a three month fixed-term contract within the Quality, Safety, Health and Environment (QSHE) department as environmental operatives after successfully completing a trial period.

Gail McKee, locality leader at North Lanarkshire Council, said:

“North Lanarkshire Council Supported Enterprise Service is an organisation supporting disabled and disadvantaged individuals into employment. We passionately believe that everyone has something to offer and given the opportunity can transform their lives through the power of work.  
“As a service, we are delighted to be involved with such a respected local employer. The staff at Terex Trucks have been amazing from our initial contact and have shown a real passion in the work we do.

“Both Gary and Darryl were over the moon when Paul offered them a job and valued the time he spent with them talking about the company and how important their role would be.”

Having now enjoyed over two months of employment, the pair have completed a wide range of job duties including audits of kits across the manufacturing site, assistance in production area clean ups and reporting HSE incidents via internal systems.

Terex Trucks mentor, Karen Anne Duffy commented: “Darryl and Gary have settled into their roles and department well and have quickly picked up the tasks that have been assigned to them.

“They both have a very positive attitude to work and a strong work ethic; they are a good asset to the QSHE team.

“Now that they have been in post for about two months we are starting to expand and develop the role to add in new duties and responsibilities and to assist in development of their skills.”

Job Coaches at North Lanarkshire Council have monitored Darryl and Gary’s progress throughout the programme and regularly host events to provide training and information for the employers.

Terex Trucks union representative, Frankie Connelly, added:

“The GMB Scotland Union and staff fully support the programme and would be happy to see this extended to other areas within the business if possible.”