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Training Excellence

 

With the skills shortage top of the agenda in 2016, effective training is more important than ever before.

Abbey Pynford Training Excellence Specialists 2016

Abbey Pynford Training Excellence Specialists 2016

Abbey Pynford Geo Structures

Abbey Pynford Geo Structures has invested in developing its own bespoke IOSH Managing Safely course to provide training to staff and the wider industry on how to manage basement and underpinning projects.

It conducted a review of its training processes, increasing spending from £2,500 in 2013 to £37,000 in 2015, with a particular focus on health and safety. The company’s leadership is spreading its message, too, giving public talks on training and health and safety on numerous occasions, as well as to relevant trade associations.

AFI Group Training Excellence Specialists 2016

AFI Group Training Excellence Specialists 2016

AFI Group

Last year was a turning point for AFI Group, with a 94 per cent completion rate on its annual training and development appraisals – compared with 90 per cent uncompleted three years ago.

The company gained the Investors in People Gold standard in 2015 and joined the Institute of Customer Service. The latter organisation awarded AFI its Training Mark accreditation, recognising the firm’s focus on customer service training for every employee in 2015 – an initiative that has seen customer satisfaction rise consistently.

AR Demolition Training Excellence Specialists 2016

AR Demolition Training Excellence Specialists 2016

AR Demolition

The winner in 2015, AR has worked to build on its success with a number of initiatives, including using drones and real-time recording in its training.

It has also instructed staff on more than £4.3m of new plant and equipment, as well as delivering more than 5,000 hours of training between July 2014 and July 2015.

The team continues to hire apprentices and accommodate school work placements, with regular ‘Stop the Job’ days delivering a full day’s training to all employees.

Cemex Training Excellence Specialists 2016

Cemex Training Excellence Specialists 2016

Cemex

In response to a national shortage of drivers, Cemex has led the way in developing the first Driving Goods Vehicles Apprenticeship Programme in the UK construction industry.

The firm identified and reserved driving vacancies for the apprentices to give them motivation and the assurance of a full-time job upon completion.

Following a pilot intake of nine in 2014, all under the age of 23 and with a 100 per cent retention rate, a further 18 apprentices were taken on in 2015.

Chevron Training Excellence Specialists 2016 1

Chevron Training Excellence Specialists 2016 1

Chevron Traffic Management

Chevron, in partnership with Rochdale Training, has developed a unique training programme that gives local unemployed young people the chance to gain professional qualifications, with 30 trainees recruited last year. These now account for 6 per cent of Chevron’s workforce.

In addition, the firm has linked up with British Forces Resettlement Services to take on 15 ex-armed forces personnel, as well as bringing on 10 ex-offenders with Chance 2013.

Hilti Training Excellence Specialists 2016 1

Hilti Training Excellence Specialists 2016 1

Hilti GB

As part of its 2020 growth plan, Hilti opened a new purpose-built training facility in November last year, with specially designed practical spaces offering a variety of courses for employees at all stages of their development.

All employees go through the Basic Training Scheme, overhauled to coincide with the new facility’s opening. In total, around 6,000 days of training were delivered in 2015.

In addition, Hilti GB has taken on responsibility for the training needs of the wider Northern Europe region, welcoming participants from Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

Jones Bros Training Excellence Specialists 2016

Jones Bros Training Excellence Specialists 2016

Jones Bros Civil Engineering

In 2015, Jones Bros Civil Engineering added an experienced training manager to its team, along with two other trainers, to bring its training team to seven staff.

It had taken on 32 plant and groundworker apprentices by the end of 2015 as well, and established a pathway for chartered engineers.

A standout was its involvement in the Prince’s Trusts’ ‘Get Into Construction’ programme, with eight people completing the programme and achieving CSCS and CPCS qualifications.

Subscan Training Excellence Specialists 2016

Subscan Training Excellence Specialists 2016

Subscan Technology

In January 2015, the management at Subscan pledged that all surveying employees must obtain at least Level 3 certificates in QFC Utility Mapping and Surveying by August 2015.

This achievement, which the company believes to be an industry first, required investment of more than £12,000. The firm now has four surveyors who have gone on to successfully complete QCF Level 5.

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