MGF Excavation Support Systems are market leaders in the design, manufacture and provision of modular and bespoke excavation support systems. They work on large and small scale projects all over the UK, from residential housing to high profile and complex basement excavations. Headquartered in Ashton in Makerfield, near Wigan their primary focus is the provision of comprehensive excavation safety solutions service using wholly in house resources, which are delivered from their ten depots across the UK.

With the business expanding, they required individuals who could provide support to help them meet their deadlines for completion of projects and day-to-day workload.

Having identified Apprenticeships as the perfect way to assist with the needs of the business, they turned to St Helens College to provide support and guidance in training and recruiting apprentices.


St Helens College worked with MGF Excavation Support Systems to identify the right apprenticeship framework for their new apprentices. MGF utilised the College’s free recruitment and matching service to help them find the ideal candidate.

By advertising the vacancies on the College’s Apprenticeship website as well as the National Apprenticeship Service website, the College were able to draw up a shortlist of potential candidates that were suited to the position.

Candidates were pre-screened and interviewed by the College’s Apprenticeship team prior to being forwarded to MGF to ensure that they met the requirements of the role. Saving both time and money, the company were able to interview candidates that matched the criteria.


Recruiting apprentices fitted with MGF’s values, playing a part in its aim to become an employer of choice in the local area.

By taking advantage of the additional support made available to them from the College, MGF successfully appointed an apprentice to join their IT Department.

The IT apprentice is involved in providing in house repairs, remote and telephone support for internal customers and providing the business with the required level of service and support on existing systems.

By recruiting apprentices, it freed up time of senior members of staff within the company, allowing them to spend more time on projects by taking routine day-to-day tasks away to refocus.

It has also helped the company by helping to address the skill shortages affecting them currently, as well as enabling them to start succession planning at an earlier stage.

MGF have been impressed with the support received from St Helens College, they are currently recruiting for a HR Admin apprentice to work within their Human Resources team.

Apprenticeships work for them Bringing in apprenticeships has allowed MGF to identify future talents and many are now in permanent roles with MGF and some are successfully working through our trainee management programme. It has also enabled the business to be able to put more time in to the projects that they are working on, with the apprentices undertaking vital support functions to support these.

Employers views “Utilising apprenticeships has allowed us to empower learning and development within the company, helping to kick start careers of our apprentices. Apprenticeships provide a great opportunity to give to people who are motivated and inspired, to get into work, learn and build their career prospects. You can train an apprentice to specific standards required by your organisation.

St Helens College have helped to make the paperwork process easy and also gave helpful advice when needed. By utilising the College’s free recruitment service, we were able to pick from a very strong pool of candidates.”

Liz Baines

HR Assistant

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