Blog: People Development SECBE Awards 2019 finalist - Danny Sullivan Group

30 May 2019

Sponsored by Cheesmur Building Contractors

*** WINNER *** Danny Sullivan Group

The Danny Sullivan Group has been providing trades and labour to the construction industry for the last 32 years with a group turnover of £82m and nearly 1,500 dedicated staff. They provide a workforce with both general and specific skills across sectors including aviation, highways, nuclear, rail, tunneling and utilities. 

According to the Supply Chain Sustainability School, the UK Infrastructure plan is valued at £600 billion and current statistics suggest there is a shortfall of 44,600 new recruits per annum. In this climate, it is important to have a Workforce Strategy in place to meet the challenges of staff recruitment, selection, training, development and retention. Rising to the challenge of an ever-changing industry has been a deliberate, planned and fundamental ingredient of Danny Sullivan's growth strategy. They believe that by establishing a culture that embeds innovation into the heart of their relationships, they will attract and retain essential skill sets.

They are committed to driving innovation to maximise workforce satisfaction and ensure the principal of fairness inclusion and respect are embraced by everyone in the organisation. Over the last 18 months, they have been working towards achieving the CITB Be Fair Framework accreditation. They are the first labour supply in the UK to have achieved this accreditation. They aim to promote and maintain a culture of fairness, inclusion and respect across a diverse workforce.They also want to attract more people into the industry and retain a skilled workforce to deliver project goals.

Danny Sullivan's mental health champion program in collaboration MIND has seen great successes. Their training has provided the workforce with the skills to recognise symptoms of common mental health problems, guiding a person towards the right support services. The program promotes positive mental health, encourages better physical health and supports wellbeing, which in turn makes sites safer. They have presented their program to many clients and colleagues.

With increasing awareness of the benefits of having a diverse and gender-balanced team, they have supported many existing campaigns to increase the number of women in construction. They are particularly proud to work closely with Kath Moore’s initiative ‘Women into Construction’ in partnership with CITB. They were recently awarded for their support and contribution that has directly resulted in increased participation of women into construction. As a result, Danny Sullivan Group has now become partners with Women into Construction, which they hope will create new opportunities for women seeking careers in the construction industry by offering them training to upskill and arranging placements for onsite positions.

Danny Sullivan has supplied skilled and professional trades, labour and security staff to the construction industry generating 9.75 million working hours to projects over the last three years. Their training academy has 176 learners enrolled onto apprenticeships. They are fully invested into upskilling and enabling employees to gain further qualifications, skills and knowledge to help them progress along their career pathways. They hope to further increase the number of apprenticeships, by offering career development programs which will allow for continuous professional development.

They have STEM ambassadors that visit schools and colleges to publicise the opportunities and promote careers within the construction industry. This has since developed into collaborating with clients to identify opportunities for employment, so that apprentices can remain working within the industry once qualified. They have secured long term employment for more than 85% of their apprentices.

A a family business, community engagement is high on their list of priorities. They support charities, local employment and trade in the vicinity of their sites. This involves hosting recruitment fairs, attending job fairs and liaising with local schools and colleges to promote construction job opportunities. They are dedicated to creating a long-lasting legacy.


  • Danny Sullivan Group achieved the CITB Be Fair Accreditation - the first labour supply in the UK.
  • Their Mental Health Champion program was awarded by Costain as they raised awareness throughout their own organisation and they shared knowledge and trained people across the supply chain.
  • They currently employ 176 apprentices and were recently awarded by Skanska for training and development work undertaken.

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The SECBE 2019 People Development Award is sponsored by Cheesmur.

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