All change at Shropshire builders

The green shoots of recovery in the building sector are being seen in the county by an award winning family-owned construction business.

JR Slee Building & Joinery Contractors, which operates throughout Shropshire and mid Wales, has announced a series of changes to its team, including plans to recruit more staff.

James Vardill (28), who has been with the Condover-based firm for 12 years, has been promoted to the newly-created role of contracts co-ordinator.

He started his career as a carpentry and joinery apprentice, successfully completing his advanced craft apprenticeship, and will now assist managing director Rodney Slee in overseeing contracts.

Scott Jones (22), who joined JR Slee six years ago and won the Blockley’s ‘Silver Trowel’ award as a skilled bricklayer, is on the move to Australia.

As a result the company, which specialises in new build work as well as sympathetic restorations and renovations in the commercial, domestic and public sectors, is on the look out for a new apprentice carpenter and an experienced qualified bricklayer.

Director Helen Slee commented: “It is great to see our team developing and maturing and are proud of the fact that we ‘grow our own’ talent. We wish James and Scott the greatest success in the future and due to their moves we want to recruit two new members of staff.

“There is definitely more confidence in the building sector and we are currently working on some very interesting construction schemes in Shropshire and have more in the pipeline.”

JR Slee was named as one of the top 100 employers in the country for recruiting and training apprentices in 2011, an accolade awarded by City & Guilds and National Apprenticeship Scheme.

The firm, which is currently developing a site in Pump Lane, Bicton Heath, into two new energy-efficient homes, has also won a range of industry awards for its construction projects.

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