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Training Excellence – Finalists

Upskilling is one of the most crucial areas of the industry and all seven of these specialists are leading the way in training their workforces.

Specialists Awards 2018 Training City Building Engineering Services

Specialists Awards 2018 Training City Building Engineering Services

City Building Engineering Services

CBES gives each of its employees a tailored development plan, with competency levels recorded in monthly reports and analysed at senior management meetings. The company aims for an average of four training days a year for each employee, with its CBES Academy offering various online training sessions – 2,024 of which were run in 2017. 

CBES is supporting 16 staff through undergraduate and postgraduate further education, with undergraduates studying on a day-release basis, while all the company’s apprentices have been offered full-time positions in the business following completion of their schemes.

Specialists Awards 2018 Training The Coleman Group

Specialists Awards 2018 Training The Coleman Group

The Coleman Group

Training starts early at Coleman, with a new recruit’s development areas outlined before they take up their post. This process feeds into individual learning programmes to ensure each new employee has a full understanding of what is required in their first 12 months at the firm.

Coleman employs a transparent salary structure so that each employee knows what pay rise and position they will get if they hit specified targets. The firm has also demonstrated a commitment to better mental health, with senior leaders undertaking a mindfulness course to help them identify and address stress among their staff.

Specialists Awards 2018 Training Erith Contractors

Specialists Awards 2018 Training Erith Contractors

Erith Contractors

A dedicated training division, Erith Training Services, has allowed this company to carry out 90 per cent of its own training. Since its formation, approximately 1,700 workers have undergone one of more than 100 courses offered by ETS, which have comprised 11,000 hours of theory and 1,500 of practical training.

Erith has taken steps to improve the wider sector as well as its own business, providing external training to other firms. The company has also recruited a dedicated training director and put all board members through H&S leadership training.

Specialists Awards 2018 Training GKR Scaffolding

Specialists Awards 2018 Training GKR Scaffolding

GKR Scaffolding

GKR’s staff turnover stands at 2 per cent, which the firm says reflects the investment made in its workforce. Some 450 training days had been conducted in 2017 at the time of GKR’s entry, with the company having increased its training budget by 56 per cent. 

It has also invested in exploring the use of virtual reality for its training needs, and in June commissioned an immersive technology and training firm to create safety-critical VR training for working at height.

That same month saw the second batch of trainees graduate in Level 2 Leadership & Team Management Skills from its GKR Academy, which works with the Institute of Leadership and Management.

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Specialists Awards 2018 Training M J Rooney Construction

Specialists Awards 2018 Training M J Rooney Construction

M J Rooney Construction

Eight of M J Rooney’s employees have come through its apprenticeship scheme, within which digital modelling plays a crucial role. Technology forms a key part of each apprentice’s programme, with graduates in turn going on to train new starters.

Rather than allocate specific time to training, the company undertakes regular sessions to consistently improve skills and keep its workforce up to date. The firm uses virtual reality training as well as a mobile app so that operatives can access and view models of what they are constructing at any time using simple VR headsets.

Specialists Awards 2018 Training O Donovan Waste Disposal

Specialists Awards 2018 Training O Donovan Waste Disposal

O’Donovan Waste Disposal

The headquarters of O’Donovan Waste Disposal is a registered, British Safety Council-approved training centre, enabling the company to run 100 per cent of its training in-house.

As a qualified trainer, the company’s managing director conducts sessions herself, while various senior figures are trained as ‘safety champions’ throughout the business.

O’Donovan has 90 heavy goods vehicles and its drivers hold NVQs in HGV driving. The firm’s training includes a course on safe city driving, and sends its drivers to cycle through London with an instructor to improve their understanding of the risks to cyclists.

Specialists Awards 2018 Training SRW Engineering Services

Specialists Awards 2018 Training SRW Engineering Services

SRW Engineering Services

As part of a 2020 business plan, SRW explored new training opportunities that would benefit its workforce and the overall business. This led to the roll-out of a training initiative comprising 13 courses.

So far more than 300 employees have been through the training courses, 80 per cent of which are conducted by SRW’s supply chain. The company says this has proved mutually beneficial, improving understanding of the requirements on both sides.

SRW’s most recent employee survey found staff engagement at 89 per cent, up from 85 per cent in 2016, which it attributed to the opportunities for career progression driven by its training programmes. 

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