Upskilling the construction workforce is more important than ever and these firms are leading the way.
AFI provided more training for its employees in 2014 than ever before – more than 1,300 days at an average of 3.5 days’ training per staff member.
The firm’s database automatically flags up whenever a member of staff has a qualification that is due to expire, enabling AFI to keep its employees’ qualifications up to date.
A focus on health and safety has resulted in an all-time low All Injury Frequency Rate of 3.26 – a reduction of 50 per cent.
Building on an already-successful training scheme, AR Demolition’s regular Stop the Job Days are a highlight of its programme and are attended by all employees.
Director Richard Dolman is a prominent training advocate, delivering presentations to students at Leicester College and presenting on safety at the Institute of Demolition Engineers.
The company is also a member of the National Demolition Training Group and employs six apprentices.
Central Demolition’s training programme has won recognition within the demolition sector for its rigorous approach and high levels of achievement.
2014 saw the firm expand its practical on-the-job training, giving a better picture of existing skills and allowing easy identification of training needs.
The company invested more than 1,000 people-hours and £35,000 in training last year – no small amount for a company of its size.
Dawnus Construction Holdings
Dawnus has based its operations on a commitment to training and developing employees ever since its foundation in 2001.
In 2013, the company provided more than 6,100 training days to its 975 UK staff – an average of seven days per employee and an increase from 5,900 days in 2012.
The firm employs 53 apprentices, trainees and graduates, and is supporting 23 staff in gaining higher education qualifications.
It also runs the only in-house graduate engineer scheme approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Jones Bros Ruthin (Civil Engineering) Co
Jones Bros is a family-run civil engineering company based in north Wales with 290 full-time employees.
MD Huw Jones is passionate about training and created the Jones Bros training centre in the 1980s.
Since then, the centre has grown to offer apprenticeships through CITB, with a spend exceeding £325,000 in 2013/14 and more than 2,400 hours of training delivered on the CITB Training & Development Plan.
The firm also took on 12 plant operator apprentices and currently has seven trainee engineers attending college on day release around the UK while working on sites.
2014 was one of Keltbray’s most successful years to date for training and development.
The company set aside £1.6m for training, with a 24-strong team (30 per cent more than in 2013) ensuring its implementation.
Keltbray now employs one apprentice for every 21 member staff and sees each employee complete 43.5 hours of training per year on average.
The firm’s AAFR is significantly below the industry average and strong training strategies have even helped Keltbray win work on tenders.
Morrison Utility Services
The Morrison Utility Services environmental awareness training programme, developed in-house by the MUS environment and quality team, was designed to provide line managers with guidance on the critical importance of their own environment management responsibilities before, during and after major utility projects.
Results have been positive, with more than 500 delegates completing and passing the programme, including representatives from clients and the supply chain.
NG Bailey expanded its apprenticeship programme during the recession and 300 of its current employees (including several directors and senior managers) started out on the programme.
The company retained 100 per cent of its apprenticeship completers in 2014 and the scheme’s success has seen others request support with their own schemes.
These include Network Rail, which is working with the firm to develop a new maintenance engineering apprenticeship.
NG Bailey introduced a number of new apprenticeship qualifications this year and has increased the support they receive.