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Graduates appear to have the Midas touch
THREE graduates employed at a sheeting and cladding firm are proof of the value of a degree.
Teesside University graduate Martin Gilbey, managing director of Midas Cladding, used the university’s Graduates for Business scheme when he needed to employ two people to fill vital roles in his expanding firm.
Mr Gilbey and the graduates he employed, Scott Ayre and John Skidmore, have degrees in criminology, geography and law respectively, but all three have found that qualifications in an unrelated discipline are no barrier to success within the construction industry.
Mr Gilbey, 31, began working part-time for the Middlesbrough- based firm while he was studying for his BSc and was offered a full-time role when he graduated in 2003.
In 2011, as the firm expanded from a £350,000 to £3m turnover and he began to take on more responsibility, he turned to the university to help him recruit a trainee health and safety administrator.
The university helped him find Mr Ayre to fill the role and a year later was also able to help recruit Mr Skidmore as a trainee estimator.
Mr Gilbey, who also has a Master of Business Administration from Teesside University, said: “I was taking on more directorial duties and needed somebody to help out with the other work I was doing.
“I wasn’t really bothered about their backgrounds as my own background wasn’t from a related discipline. I just wanted somebody who was ambitious and keen.
“You know when you’ve got somebody with a degree they know how to work under pressure and we can give them the guidance. Anything they don’t know we can teach them.
“Not only are both parts of the business that Scott and John are looking after doing better than when I was responsible for them, but they’re taking it to the next level.”
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