“Empowered people with diverse backgrounds will foster a generation of more and different ideas”
Wayne Johnston – WJ Group Managing Director
People are the lifeblood of our company. WJ believe that by treating people with fairness, inclusion and respect we enhance our core values of Safety, Delivery, Innovation and Collaboration. This creates an atmosphere in which ideas can flourish, we can meet our needs, their needs, work to deliver our clients’ needs and let them play their part in delivering a safe and efficient highways network. Without valuing people that will not happen.
Our industry faces a challenge, in road markings, highways and in the wider construction sector there is a chronic skills shortage. Infrastructure is often seen as rough, heavy and not necessarily an attractive place to work, yet the truth could not be different and there are so many opportunities at all levels within WJ. We see ourselves as a microcosm of the industry. There are our core jobs of making our highways safer by applying lines and safety surfacing, but there are also; supervisors, managers, directors, manufacturing, technicians, chemists, administrators, accountants, mechanics, fabricators, electricians, vehicle designers, driving instructors, training, commercial, surveyors, marketing, business development and many others, even sustainability folk. This is a company and industry of opportunity. It’s inclusive and works with disadvantaged people, ex-armed forces, ex-offenders, but also we have been developing a number of close relationships with education centres across the country and creating several schemes that encourage the younger generation to consider the highways industry as a serious option.
However, it’s not just about getting people into the industry, it’s about continuously encouraging and enabling our people to grow both professionally and personally. This thinking can clearly be seen throughout the company, with annual investment in training standing at over a quarter of a million pounds.