Winner: AR Demolition
The winner of this year’s Training Excellence award went above and beyond industry standards to truly innovate and left the judges in awe of its drive and passion.
AR Demolition’s creativity and investment in training was “outstanding”, the judges said.
“AR Demolition is not being driven by other people: it is setting its own standards,” one judge commented.
“No wonder they are growing in size.”
Starting out as a sole trader in 1994, founder Richard Dolman has built the firm into a £15m-turnover company, which now employs 95 staff.
One judge added: “They are smaller and newer [than other companies], so you’d think they might be lagging behind.
“But they are so innovative, they don’t even know they’re doing it.”
Over 2013 and 2014, the group invested £184,000 on training its staff, with a total of 4,600 worker-hours racked up.
“AR Demolition is not being driven by other people: it is setting its own standards”
It implemented a stream of initiatives, including the creation of a ‘board-style’ training room so its employees can work in an engaging environment, while getting a feel for the pressures a boardroom can bring.
The company also made use of a demolition simulator to the give its staff practical experience.
This was in addition to its very own stop the job day, where workers were given a full day’s pay to train together on a Saturday, including a fry-up from Mr Dolman’s mum.
AR Demolition is even in the process of implementing a diet plan for its staff, to ensure they are putting their £10 lunch allowance to good use when working on projects away from home.
The company also hired a new training officer, Ronnie Mould, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the sector, to train workers - an accomplishment Mr Dolman was particularly proud of.
He was clear Mr Mould’s remit would be to identify the training needs of his workers and “observe, monitor and mentor” them.
Other training initiatives included the creation of foundation plant training manuals, assessment sheets and certificates, as well as working with local schools and colleges to reinforce the students’ practical learning.
Highly Commended: Keltbray
Keltbray’s innovation with asbestos training really caught the judges’ attention.
Through its specialist asbestos training centre, Keltbray has been able to deliver training in a “practical and simulated environment”.
It has the results to back it up, with all of its employees achieving over 92.5 per cent on the course, which saw the group bag an ARCA gold award for training.
The judges were also impressed with this contractor’s willingness to share training methods with its supply chain and clients, which they said represented “a good business move”.
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