The brand-new West Midlands Training Academy will form a key part of the new Fortel HQ on Junction 10.
This facility will be used to train, encourage and welcome people from under-represented communities within the construction industry, such as women and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The facility is set to formally open towards the end of 2020 and will form part of the company’s environmentally friendly approach to operations as solar power will be utilised. More than 220 people have received training through the academy so far, prior to this official opening.
CEO Sat Nijjer said: “The West Midlands Training Academy will create a lasting social value legacy, empowering a new generation with the skills and confidence to close the skills gap and make a major contribution to UK
Since our creation, Fortel has promoted a working environment in which diversity is not only recognised, but valued and encouraged. This continues to this day, with the business adapting to cultural and professional diversity requirements.
We know that when people with different experiences, from different backgrounds and with different points of view work together, we create the most value – for our clients, our people and our communities.
Our latest diversity and inclusion strategy provides the framework for progression to ensure that we continually improve, and can monitor our impact.
You can read our latest Diversity & Inclusion strategy here
Fortel Nijjer has made is company proud. It is not only because of the achievements he made in small time but also due to high rate of satisfied customers. Fortel is the only company in the whole country that is providing its extraordinary services in civil engineering and construction field.
Fortel has been selected by Deloitte`s futures 1000 as it is one of the best service providers in the field of construction and civil engineering in the past few years.
Especially in 2019, many higher representatives of the company met different higher authority persons of the country about different services and current affairs related to their services. This was also a very proud moment for the company and its owner.
About their company and their team, they say that their success store is just because of some little factors that they followed throughout their journey. Here is what Fortel tells about their journey and the things they followed.
The first thing they did was to get some of the most experienced professionals in their team as they were growing. This addition of intellectual minds made the rate of their growth better. Additionally, they followed the rules that they created for all the members of the team.
They knew that the quality of their services and products that they provide is the main reason that will give them success. That is why they kept the quality of everything best throughout the journey. Even the staff members were chosen on some special requirements that ensured the quality of the staff.
Another thing that they did was to maintain the quality that they provide. This meant that as they were on the road to success, they did not change anything to make it low quality, although they made things better. One great step in this direction is that they are focused on the staff very well.
They train their staff for every task and everything is pre-planned. This not only makes the staff confident about the work, but also boosts their efficiency when they are working. They plan everything before every job. This helps them assign work to each team and their teams work in shifts one after another. This increases their productivity.
The best thing about them is that they have a team of estimators and engineers that plan every project. This helps them in making professional agreements about the projects that they are going to do in the future. One thing that they care about is that once they have agreed, they don’t change it to keep things fair.
Sometimes it causes a little difference in the ratio of profit and loss, but this increases the customer experience a lot. All these things played a major role in the success of Fortel. And that is why Sat Nijjer feels proud of his company.
Fortel is the company that is now in the top 1000 companies or the future list of Deloitte. This means that they have made a lot of success in the field of construction. If anyone wants to get any kind of construction job done, they are the best option in the whole country.
All companies within the Fortel Group are committed to Ethical Labour Sourcing – which is backed up by our BES 6002 accreditations.
The Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard, BES 6002 enables us to demonstrate to customers, partners and other stakeholders, the Fortel Group’s commitment to eliminating any possibility of trafficking or modern slavery within the supply chain.
As part of our work to tackle modern slavery on a wider scale, we recently collaborated with Balfour Beatty, HS2 Ltd, TfL, Network Rail, the Rail Safety and Standards Board and others to create the ‘Managing Modern Slavery Risks: A Good Practice Guide’.
This guide contains both information about setting up a modern slavery risk management system and processes; and information that should be communicated to all staff about how to spot and deal with potential victims.
Peter Ball, Fortel Group Commercial and Compliance Director, said: “Collaboration is a key value of the Fortel Group and we believe that it plays a major role in moving our industry forward.
“Modern slavery is an issue that requires collaboration to tackle and we are proud of the work we have carried out alongside our peers to create this guide.”
We welcome the Department for Education’s Skills for Jobs White Paper – which we believe could be a ‘golden chance’ to boost diversity in our sector.
We have worked with a number of leading industry groups over recent years to launch initiatives aiming to boost diversity in the sector, as well as launching the West Midlands Training Academy to build skills regionally.
The DfE announcement represents a key step forward as the construction industry strives to become a more diverse and inclusive sector.
The plan is said to ‘ensure everyone, no matter where they live or their background, can gain the skills they need to progress in work at any stage of their lives’ while placing employers ‘at the heart of the skills system’.
Nick Jones, Managing Director at Fortel Group, said: “As the industry looks to build back better over the next few years, we need to make more people aware of the variety of attractive career opportunities available within this sector.
“To do that, people have to believe that there are opportunities out there that they fit the bill for.
“Perhaps the most important initiative in the paper is that people can be supported to begin their construction career at any age; it’s not just an entry-level scheme for younger people starting out.
“The Department for Education’s plans represent a golden chance to boost diversity, which we recognise contributes to increased productivity, positive social cohesion and the generation of fresh and innovative ideas, across the construction sector and many others.”
The Skills for Jobs White Paper has been released as the Prime Minister launches a new Build Back Better Business Council, which will see business leaders work directly with the Government to fuel the Covid-19 economic recovery.
Nick said: “The importance of the construction industry to the UK business infrastructure and economy has been highlighted throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, with work able to continue in a safe and responsible manner.
“We have seen incredible and rapid collaboration between businesses to ensure Coronavirus controls and safety measures are devised and instigated, including our own Protect People Everywhere awareness campaign.
“Collaboration sits at the heart of our work and we continue to drive our business vision and solutions forward to influence economic recovery both regionally and nationally.”
After a year filled with uncertainty and change, we decided to close 2020 with a festive giving spree.
2020 saw community spirit and third sector support for our most vulnerable people take on greater importance than ever.
In an effort to bring some good news to those who have worked tirelessly to ensure our most vulnerable are supported, we donated £12,000 across 12 charities.
The crucial work of each has helped thousands of individuals not just in 2020, but for many years and will continue to do so through mental health support, international aid, life saving medical assistance and more.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
West Midlands Trussell Trust
Buckingham Food Bank
Midlands Langar Seva
Pheasey Park Community Christmas
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
Support towards hygiene products for Indian Farmers’ Protesters
Surrinder Nijjer, Fortel Chairman, said: “We are proud of the social legacy we are building and have been building for more than two decades now.
“2020 was a particularly difficult year for charities but those we are making donations to have continued to carry out their selfless and much-needed work.
“We hope that our donations went some way towards helping those in need this festive period and into the New Year.”
In continuation with the above accreditation, Fortel Owner Mr. Sat Nijjer also announces Fortel’s partnership with Supply Chain Sustainability School. Fortel’s commitment towards tackling the social and environmental challenges in and around West Midlands and Birmingham has contributed to this partnership. In 2017, Fortel has secured the partnership status with the Supply Chain Sustainability Schools with a network of over 60 major contractors, clients and Tier1 suppliers to build supply chain skills. The specific initiatives include investments in fuel-efficient vehicles to reduce carbon footprint; reducing mail usage by going electronic; and a major commitment of funding 100 apprentices.
In 2019, Fortel Group also welcomed the Walsall Works Silver Partner Award under the Walsall Council’s award-winning initiate to recognize the contribution and investment that employers make towards the betterment of their local workforce. The year gone by has also brought Fortel yet another prestigious recognition for being one of the 100 businesses to achieve the Ethnic Minority Business Accreditation.