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Arthur J. Gallagher welcomes 100th employee to Llantrisant centre of excellence FOO
Arthur J. Gallagher has welcomed its 100th colleague to the Llantrisant office as it progresses the second phase of a three-year deal with the Welsh Government aimed at recruiting local talent.
As well as aiding the creation of 110 extra jobs at the insurance broker, the £1.13m grant is helping Arthur J. Gallagher establish a centre of excellence in the heart of Wales, which will both boost the Welsh economy and better support its customers — allowing as it does for investment in the training and development of new and existing employees as well as further development of client services.
The initial phase was successfully completed last August, when the insurance broker was awarded its first £350,000 instalment from the three-year deal originally announced in November 2012.
21-year-old Lewis Goodfield – who is a University of South Wales graduate – became the 100th employee after applying for a position at the firm, which was encouraged by the positive experience of a 6-week summer internship with Arthur J. Gallagher in 2013.
Lewis, whose father Mark Goodfield (pictured with Lewis) is a Corporate Director at Arthur J. Gallagher, said of his time with the firm so far: “I had already experienced the great atmosphere at Gallagher during my internship two years ago, and remember how friendly and helpful all my colleagues were. This is why I jumped at the opportunity to apply for a full time position at a company where my personal development would continue and where I knew I would enjoy working.
“The other reason I’m happy to work at Arthur J. Gallagher is because I can really see my career progressing here, and there are a lot of opportunities for my professional development.”
Mike Jones, Regional Managing Director for Arthur J. Gallagher in Wales, said: “I am delighted to welcome Lewis to the Gallagher family and I believe it is a great testament to our team-based culture and ethics that our colleagues are keen to recommend working with us to their friends and family.
“As Lewis’ case demonstrates, we have a fantastic talent pool right on our doorstep and the support of the Welsh Government enables us to attract a conscientious workforce with the strong work ethic Wales has to offer, which is so compatible with our own values.”
He added: “Entering the second phase of this deal is yet another important milestone for Arthur J. Gallagher and the level of trust placed in our company by the Welsh Government gives us the firm belief that we are on the right track in creating a centre of insurance excellence in the heart of Wales.”
Welcoming the news, Economy Minister Edwina Hart, added: “I am very pleased to hear that Arthur J. Gallagher has reached this important milestone in the creation of a centre of insurance excellence in Wales. The Welsh Government has identified the financial and professional services sector as a key area for creating economic growth and jobs, and we will continue to help Welsh companies in this sector grow and develop skills.”