At this point in the year the Flannery Training Department and wider business would normally be busy preparing for a busy few months of engagement activities with schools and colleges. From job fairs to career sessions in schools and colleges the spring and summer months are a great opportunity for us to promote construction as a positive career path across the country.
In 2016 Flannery Plant Hire helped to form the ‘trailblazer group’, an employer-led working group tasked with developing a fit-for-purpose apprenticeship standard for the construction plant industry. Consisting of employers representing construction equipment owners and hirers from a variety of sectors, as well as clients (including HS2 and Highways England) and training providers, Patrick Flannery has chaired the group since the project’s infancy.
The following statement is for Flannery Plant Hire customers and supply chain. As a business we continue to communicate with employees through a variety of channels that we utilise normally including text message, email and phone calls.
Our next Operator in the spotlight is Robert Ras, receiving the Amey Rail Zero Code Close Call Award for his outstanding work and continual commitment to safety on the Brent Cross West project. Keep up the good work!
It's been a very successful week of audits for the Flannery team. Receiving five stars from Achilles Building Confidence and from RISQS, our efforts have been rewarded with 100% compliance on both.
Patrick Flannery commented, "Safety drives every business decision we make. Receiving a five star rating with 100% compliance on both audits is testament to our continuous commitment to building on our safety culture. Well done to all the team."
Our work stretches further than the UK. Over the last two years we have been working in Kildare, just outside Dublin on the M7 upgrade works, as one of the biggest suppliers of plant.
Welcome back to our customers and the Flannery workforce across the country.
A lot of our teams are attending safety stand down sessions and back to work briefings this week, in preparation for a busy year ahead!
Today we are pleased to support Skanska at their 'Welcome Back' session in Peterborough. An opportunity to discuss safety, sustainability and advances in technology, as we head into the new decade!
In support of Save the Children UK, the team at HQ took part in the festive fun on Christmas Jumper Day.
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This week we have met lots of the fantastic Flannery Apprentices who are starting their career in construction. Today we talk to Patrick Flannery about why he is passionate that inspiring the next generation is important and what the business is doing to attract and encourage them to #LookBeyond and #GetFiredUp about a career in plant hire.
Don’t forget today we will also be supporting the #AskAnEmployer session on Twitter (12noon – 2pm).
Today we are pleased to bring you our first Q&A with a Flannery Apprentice who is working on one of our very busy plant hirer desks in Wembley. Iveta Tomasevska discovered her love for the construction industry early in her career and found a great fit at Flannery, read her Q&A below.
Celebrating National Apprentice Week is really important to encourage people to #LookBeyond and #GetFiredUp about becoming an apprentice. This week we have been publishing Q&A sessions with some of our apprentices. If you have any questions just get in touch with our training department by emailing email@example.com
As a business we are committed to finding and developing the next generation of hire professionals and are really proud to see that our successful apprenticeship scheme continues to attract excellent people. Celebrating National Apprentice Week is really important to encourage people to #LookBeyond and #GetFiredUp about becoming an apprentice. This week we have been publishing Q&A sessions with some of our apprentices. Don’t forget today we will also be supporting the #AskAnApprentice session on Twitter (12noon – 2pm).
Today we meet Apprentice Plant Operator, Sam Whitehead.
As a business we are committed to finding and developing the next generation of hire professionals and are really proud to see that our successful apprenticeship scheme continues to attract excellent people. Celebrating National Apprentice Week is really important to encourage people to #LookBeyond and #GetFiredUp about becoming an apprentice. This week we will be publishing some Q&A sessions with some of our apprentices. Don’t forget tomorrow we will also be supporting the #AskAnApprentice sessions on Twitter (12noon – 2pm).
Today we meet Apprentice Plant Operator, Michael Phillips.
What has been your favourite machine at the college and why?
I’ve enjoyed the 360-excavators the most, I've had the opportunity to drive four different excavators and it was interesting to see how each one varied. They were hard to drive at first, particularly as I hadn’t driven machines before coming to college, but in the end were the most fun to drive and I’m looking forward to improving in the future.
What did you do prior to joining the programme and why did you choose to take this career change?
Previously I worked as an auditor in a bank. I'd looked at joining the army as a machine mechanic several times. My grandad had driven machines and my other grandad, as well as other friends and family. I liked mechanics so my interest came from them. After speaking to a friend, I decided to drive machines and looked at an ADT course prior to applying for the apprenticeship.
What has been your favourite machine?
So far, I am finding them all enjoyable as it is a learning curve, so everything is exciting.
What did you do prior to joining the programme and why did you choose to take this career change?
My previous job was a line manager for the second biggest crisp manufacturer in UK and Ireland. I chose to leave my role as I wanted to progress in life, push the boundaries and step out my comfort zone as I believe I got to the end of the progression in the factory and wanted to be working outside also.
Flannery Plant Hire (OVAL Ltd) have put the UKs first Cat D6 XE to work with Balfour Beatty on the M4 Smart Motorway Scheme. A world-first for the dozer market, the new Cat D6 XE is fitted with a high-drive, electric drive transmission that increases fuel efficiency by up to 35 per cent while providing improved productivity, thanks to more effective power transfer to the ground. As early investors in hybrid excavator, the purchase of the D6 XE demonstrates the hirer’s continued commitment to green construction.
Flannery Plant Hire is proud to have donated £23,603 to St Basils, in support of their continued work with vulnerable young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelesses. With a range of prevention, accommodation and support services available in the West Midlands region, they help over 5,000 young people per year regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives.
We continue our focus on Women At Flannery by hearing from another one of our operators - Articulated Dump Truck Operator, Baljit Ranu.
Click the image above to read about her journey.
The Trailblazer apprenticeship standard for Construction Plant Operator has now been published! Expected to be ready for delivery in 2020, we are extremely pleased to have reached this stage of development. Patrick Flannery chaired the group involved in creating the standard and he says:
"This is a huge milestone for the project as a whole, as we can now work towards finalising our assessment plan and gaining full approval. We are confident this will go a way to help tackle the industry skills shortage and we would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication over the years and for helping make this achievement possible."
Click here the read the full standard.
As a HGV driver for Flannery, I spend a lot of my time delivering machines along the various Smart Motorway projects. Having received excellent client feedback, I find the morning is nearly always my most productive time of the day.
This role definitely requires a certain level of patience and while it does take some getting used to, the benefits can be huge. Over my 30 years in the driving seat, I have strengthened my people skills to no end with constant client interaction. Politeness is absolutely key in this field as the more respectful you are on site, the more efficient and enjoyable your work becomes.
As long as I can remember I wanted to become a HGV driver. Having operated a number of machines over my time in the industry, this was the one job I always came back to. It’s been a pleasure working for Flannery so far and this award shows that my work is being appreciated. Many thanks!
Last Wednesday (June 26th) we attended the CPA Stars of the Future awards – an awards show designed to recognise and celebrate the outstanding apprentices emerging throughout the construction industry. Our focus was set on the ‘Plant Operative’ award and we were delighted to learn all three finalists in the category were Flannery apprentices. Joe Stephenson, Sean Brennan and Jake Howard were the operators in the spotlight and should be incredibly proud of this achievement. Patrick Flannery also held a keynote presentation, focusing on the importance of apprenticeships and how hard working and determined individuals can strengthen the foundation of a workforce.
This week we officially opened the doors to our latest, purpose-built depot in Newport, South Wales. Located 10-minutes from M4, M5, M49 and M32 junctions the depot will extend the hirers reach into South, West and Mid-Wales as well as Worcester, Gloucester, Swindon and surrounding areas in the South West.
Flannery have signed an exclusive deal with Finning UK & Ireland (Finning) to purchase new Cat® machines as part of our fleet refurbishment programme.
The biggest single order for Finning in 2019 will bring the average age of the Flannery fleet to an impressive 1.8 years.
National Mental Health Awareness week is a chance to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health and continue to break down the barriers within the construction industry. The Flannery BuildUp! Campaign is our symbol of commitment to this cause. Through workshops, toolbox talks and induction training, we are passionate about providing support to our workforce and signposting them to the array of resources available to them.
One thing that sets Flannery apart from a lot of other Plant Hire Companies is the amount of training and investment in all areas. As an HGV Driver it’s always great seeing the latest machinery coming into the yard as it shows the company is always willing to innovate.
The Manchester yard is always busy, as you'd expect, but the supportive relationship between the yard workers and office staff goes a long way in easing the workload. Flannery strive to get the equipment to the client in good condition and the standards they uphold put them a level above some of my previous jobs.
My first 2 years with Flannery have been incredibly positive and I'm looking forward to a long future with the company. Really appreciate the recognition!
We continue our Women At Flannery celebration in 2019 by hearing from one of our operators - Articulated Dump Truck Operator, Nicola Taylor.
Click the image above to read about her journey.
Last month marked my 3rd year with Flannery. Over that time in the Manchester yard, I’ve seen the company grow from strength to strength while maintaining a genuine sense of community.
As a yard foreman, my main concern has to be the wellbeing of the team – making sure health and safety is adhered to at all times. I try to always remember it’s a full team effort and do my best to accommodate everyone’s personal needs. Communicating with the office staff is also vital as I need to be on top of everything coming in and out of the yard.
One thing I have noticed since joining is that the more you put in, the more you get out. The amount of internal progression opportunities at Flannery show the company are willing to trust and invest in their workforce. Many thanks for the award!
We are extremely proud to have won Equipment Specialist of the Year at the CN Specialists Awards 2019. Thank you to Construction News for this esteemed recognition and congratulations to the Flannery workforce - Fingers crossed for the CN Awards in July!
A huge win for Flannery came at the Highways England Awards 2019 for our commitment to leading behaviour change. We received the Safety Award - a testament to our continued focus on key values over the past year. We are once again honoured to receive this recognition and thank our partners across the Highways England Network and the Flannery team who have made this possible.
In celebration of International Women's Day & National Apprenticeship Week, we are hearing from one of our female team members, Iveta Tomasevska. Currently on the hire desk, Iveta is looking forward to starting her Hire Controller Apprenticeship - part of the upcoming Trailblazer programme, which has recently been approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships.
Click the image above to read about her journey.
Today we are focusing on another one of our apprentices, Michael Cunningham. Having moved from Ireland to pursue a career in construction, Michael found an entry point through the Flannery Apprentice Scheme.
Click the image above to read his story.
Delighted to be invited to the Apprentice Jobfair in Marylebone - organised by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). At the event, Paul Skitt & Polly Nicholl were happy to discuss the career paths available in the construction sector, including the Flannery Apprenticeship Scheme. We hope to see a few of the faces in our upcoming intakes!
Our first Flannery Apprentice in the Spotlight this week is Joe Stephenson. Having joined our programme in May 2018, Joe has already gained valuable experience on some high profile sites.
Click the image above to read about his journey.
As National Apprenticeships Week is upon us, we are taking this as an opportunity to shine a well-deserved spotlight on our new and existing recruits. We will be focusing on individual experiences which should help lend valuable insight into the day-to-day life of a Flannery apprentice.
Click the image to read a word from our Training Manager, Sophie Cox.
Pictured left to right: Billy Gallacher (18), Jon Ward (32), Rowan Mayor (25)
In honour of our consistent contract delivery over the past two quarters – we have been named a Costain Group PLC Blue Supplier. A title we regard highly, we greatly appreciate the recognition and look forward to continuing our collaboration on major projects across the country.
Incredibly proud to have been recognised at the Building Equality Awards for our continued work towards creating a more inclusive industry. Pictured is Paul Pettinger, collecting our award for Sponsor/Supporter of the year and Mick Wilson, receiving an outstanding contribution award for driving our Rainbow JCB on its many public appearances (Photo courtesy of James Darcey). We look forward to supporting Pride events again this year and promoting the Building Equality campaign whenever possible.
Flannery were named Financial Growth Corporate of the Year at the West London Business Awards 2019! Many thanks to the people behind the event for such a fantastic night and a huge well done to those whose hard work made this achievement possible.
Collecting the award from left to right: Owen Goggin, Chris Matthew, Paul Flannery, Melissa Welby, Polly Nicholl, Ranjana Solanki, Breege Hayden, Lauren Turnbull & John Moran.
Since 2016 my primary role for Flannery has been driving a Low Loader transporting our machines across the country. As a qualified mechanic, I also help out with minor repairs on my trailer or unit.
A huge part of my role is meeting and communicating with clients and I think the variety in each interaction keeps me motivated. Late night drives are probably the toughest aspect of the job, especially with a family, but you soon learn how to balance your work and home life.
Since starting with the company I've seen it grow from strength to strength. My time here so far has been excellent. and it really feels as if I am developing my skills on a daily basis. Many thanks for the award!
I haven’t been working for Flannery long (just over six months) but I already feel like a valued member of the team. Rewarding employees in this way really boosts morale in the yard and motivates everyone to work efficiently.
Day to day, I am mostly tidying the Manchester yard or preparing machines for the spray booth and more than anything, the sense of community makes the hard work worthwhile.
I have learned a lot in such a short space of time and I am truly grateful for this recognition.
I started working for Flannery 5 years ago, delivering plant across the UK. Having held a HGV licence for well over a decade, it was a fantastic opportunity and has exceeded all expectations.The training Flannery provide is excellent and it’s above what I’ve experienced at similar companies. The atmosphere amongst the team also helps make Flannery special and I have met a lot of great people during my time here.
The toughest part of the job has to be waking up every day at the crack of dawn. It definitely gets easier but it’s something you have to be prepared for when coming into the industry.
This award is greatly appreciated and I look forward to my future with Flannery.
We are pleased to donate over £11,000 to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in support of their pioneering cancer research. Raised through our successful golf day at The Mere in Knutsford, a number of our clients and suppliers came together to help make it happen. A further £1000 and £1500 worth of book vouchers was donated to Ronald Mcdonald House Charity in Chester. Pictured below is Gareth Corbett, Flannery Operations Director and Danielle Carney, Fundraising Manager for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.
The FORS Practitioner Course is a guided discovery programme covering multiple aspects of transport company management, from learning how to implement policies to maintaining driver training and monitoring fleet performance.
Award season is in full flow! After an eventful few weeks of ceremonies and nominations, Flannery have been shortlisted for the Construction News Specialist Awards 2019 on March 27th. Well known across the industry for being the only national awards to focus solely on specialist contractors - our productive, innovative and safe practice has helped earn us this invaluable recognition.
We look forward to presenting our entry to a judging panel consisting of top industry figures and are hopeful of progressing to the next stage.
It is 45-years since Patrick Flannery incorporated Flannery Plant Hire (Oval) Limited, the Oval referencing the company’s original location just next to The Oval cricket ground. This family business has continued to expand and adapt to the rapidly changing needs of its customers. Operating nationally from Aberdeen down to Newport with an extensive fleet of operated and self-drive equipment, Flannery machines can now be seen on almost every major project in the UK.
Last month at the Taylor Woodrow Supply Chain Awards 2018, we were delighted to have been won the Best Plant Supplier Award.
Flannery driver Pharsal Fletchman is in the spotlight this month and has been rewarded for his outstanding performance during an emergency situation. Whilst travelling along the M6 motorway on route to his next delivery, Pharsal responded courageously and efficiently to support an injured member of the public.
P. Flannery Plant Hire (Oval) Ltd is proud to be the first hirer to order the unique dual view dumper from Wacker Neuson. The sixty-unit order of the brand new DV60 (six tonne dumper) and DV90 (nine tonne dumper) demonstrates the hirers commitment to operator and construction site safety.
This week (8 October 2018) P. Flannery Plant Hire (Oval) Ltd will be the first UK hirer to take delivery of the innovative EU Stage IV compliant Komatsu HB215LC-3 hybrid excavator.
We are delighted to announce that P Flannery Plant Hire (Oval) Ltd has been awarded the highly esteemed FORS Gold certificate. Having already received this accreditation for the haulage side of our work, it has been our absolute goal to achieve entire company recognition.
Flannery Plant Hire has continued to upgrade its haulage fleet with investment in the new Scania P series. Featuring cutting-edge technology, the vehicles give much greater all-around visibility and a higher standard of safety.
Flannery Plant Hire has today accredited as a Living Wage Employer. This Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Flannery Plant receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75 in the UK or £10.20 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £7.83 per hour.
Five and a half years ago I joined Flannery. Making the jump from a local job in my hometown of Letchworth to a London based company wasn’t a simple choice at the time - but it should have been. Currently an Assistant Service Manager, there is a real sense of community that sets Flannery apart from my previous roles. With our office being the first port of call for a lot of operator-related queries, there is never a dull moment to say the least!
In the midst of the hottest UK Summer since 1976, a team of Flannery employees (and friends) endured 5 miles of obstacles in aid of the Lighthouse Club. With the midday sun beating down on the Tough Mudder course, spanning numerous Hemel-Hempstead fields, no one was quite sure what to expect. Any sign of confusion, however, was put to rest as the first task had us crawling through hosed down mud with any upwards movement swiftly met with a sheet of barbed wire. Those of us expecting to be eased into the course were gravely mistaken.
As the focus on carbon emission reduction grows, Flannery Plant Hire has taken another step towards running a greener fleet. As an environmentally aware company, introducing multiple Electric Vehicles (EV’s) is just part of our commitment to reduce our impact on emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. After carrying out a survey of our Staff members, on average they travel 28-38 miles a day in the course of their work. After carrying out research, this distance is perfectly suited for the electric vehicle model.
I started working for Flannery in November 2017 after working alongside them for two years in Aberdeen. As soon as I saw the professional way in which Flannery operated, I knew I wanted to be part of it. They were way ahead of any other company I had encountered in terms of productivity, health and safety and the quality of their plant.
Flannery Plant Hire has started using Leica Avoidance systems.
The product can help improve more efficiently the discovery of power cables on a live construction site and also maintain a better Health and Safety working practice too.
Click on the video yourselves and see the other advantages to this product.
Flannery Plant Hire will be attending the HS2 connect launch this Wednesday 28th June 2017 in Birmingham. We will have machines on display as well as our industry leading experts on hand to speak to people in attendance to explain why Flannery Plant Hire are at the forefront of this project.
Look forward to seeing you all there.
Flannery Plant Hire have invested in brand new fuel injected Dump Trucks for our project in Norwich (NDR) click on the video to see them in action and to hear about the benefits these machine make to our customers.
Here at Flannery's we are in the process of recruiting for plant operator apprenticeships; we currently have apprenticeships on offer starting in March and June.
There will be an apprentice open day hosted by Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB24 2QT on Saturday 28th January 2017 where applicants will be able to get a taster by operating excavators, telehandlers as well as simulators. It is a similar event to the one held in Manchester in October.
To register your interest or attendance to the Cambridge open day please email - C.Rothwell@flanneryplant.co.uk
Thank you to everyone who attended our careers day held at our Manchester depot on Saturday 1st October, it was a very successful day with a lot of interest. Everyone who is interested please make sure that you send your CV to Charlotte Rothwell on the following email address - C.Rothwell@flanneryplant.co.uk as we will be conducting interviews shortly for Novembers apprenticeship places.
Please don't be disheartened if you don't make Novembers apprenticeships as the next placements will be in January with many more dates being announced throughout next year.
National plant hire specialist, Flannery Plant Hire has completed a £35M equipment solutions deal with Finning UK and Ireland, that will see 380 new Caterpillar® machines take the total of its technology supported Caterpillar fleet to over 800 units. The deal represents the largest and most diverse single EMSolutions technology and equipment package sold by Finning in the UK, with the fleet made up of 265 Cat excavators, 90 Cat articulated trucks, rollers, backhoes, compactors plus D6N LGP Slope Assist and D6T LGP Accugrade Ready dozers. With the new fleet set to support key ongoing projects like the Aberdeen Bypass the combination of equipment reliability, performance monitoring and national service support, were the main reasons for the investment, as Flannery MD, Patrick Flannery explained: "We were one of the first plant hire businesses in the UK to embrace technology a number of years ago, recognising the commercial advantage that the Finning EMSolutions bundled services could give us."
We have built a modern and welcoming head office where we base our main operations throughout the south east comprising of modern offices, full conference room facilities, large bay workshops, welfare and training facilities. This will help us to grow further and to show our customers the investment and commitment that we are making in our business. This houses our accounts department, hire desk for the south east, along with our highly skilled plant mechanics. We have also installed training and medical rooms so that we can get our operatives to the standard that our customers expect and require. It’s prime location in North West London allows us to service our sites in central London and all over the South of the UK.
With our earthworks presence growing ever bigger, we have started to purchase larger equipment to tackle the larger projects. Our two brand new Volvo EC700 are providing great support on the AWPR project in Aberdeen to work with our 30, 40 and 50 Tonne dump trucks. These will be able to keep on top of the work load so there will not be a backlog of dump trucks and our customer will get the most out of all plant that they have on hire. This will not only speed up the job but will also save money over its duration.
With the success of winning a large volume of work on the AWPR project in Aberdeen we have made a further investment to purchase our CAT 374F excavators weighing in just shy of 80 Tonnes. This is now the biggest excavator in our fleet and has been acquired especially for this project. We continue to purchase the best machines in the industry so we get the most out of them and there is as little down time as possible.
To complement our large investment in the heavy excavator range we have put in orders worth millions with both CAT & Volvo for 30T and 40T dump trucks with a further investment in Bell 50T dump trucks. Whatever our customers’ requirements we will endeavour to meet their needs through purchasing their required equipment. With such a vast site as on AWPR, trucks of this size were a necessity for our customer to get the greatest productivity possible on site.
Throughout 2015/2016 we have put through nearly 30 new apprentices to join our ever growing operator demand. These apprentices are gaining all the relevant CPCS training/testing on Excavators, Telehandlers, Rollers, Dumptrucks, Traffic Marshall, Slinger/Signaller and Banksman. With such a wide variety of categories, they are seen as more of an asset to our customers rather than a burden. Having studied at the National Construction College in Bircham Newton for twelve weeks, they are now gaining valuable experience on site with the guidance of our CPCS qualified plant trainers.
Due to a large volume of projects including Crossrail, Thames Tideway, Shafts etc… we have invested in the all new Hitachi telescopic clamshell excavators which have a digging depth of 21m. With these projects all working in such built up areas, our customer was looking for an excavator which could dig at 22m and load a lorry. The Hitachi ZX210 with telescopic arm was the machine that was picked to do the job. Traditional methods of deep digging would not allow the machine to load the waiting lorry, but the ZX210 would. This improved productivity and saved on double handling of material.