Our 10 finalists have all demonstrated the value in delivering strong learning and development programmes – both for individual employees and the wider business.
Amey Investments was set up to provide professional services to the group, helping the firm grow its customer services business and providing commercial and estimating services to win live bids. This requires specialist skillsets, so the business launched the Investments Continuous Development Programme to help bridge the gap.
The programme was designed to plug identified knowledge gaps in the Investments team, with each individual delegate undergoing a 12-month bespoke training plan. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with a 95 per cent delegate approval rating achieved.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Learning and Development Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture
Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture
The A1 Leeming-to-Barton JV’s learning and development strategy looks at how to develop workforce capabilities, skills and competencies, helping to increase effective project delivery while benefiting employees’ careers.
The project has exceeded expectations by surpassing National Skills Academy for Construction targets for project training every year since it started, with a total of more than 72,000 hours delivered and £1.3m spent. Investment in training has been ongoing, with 15 graduates recruited, 11 apprentices employed and 26 work placements provided.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Learning and Development Clark Contracts
After 12 months of discussion with Glasgow Caledonian University and £250,000 of investment, Clark Contracts launched its bespoke Masters programme in January 2017. At the time of entry, nine of the company’s employees were undertaking the Masters course.
This complements the work being done through its Clark Contracts Academy, which helps management promote from within the business. It now has 55 employees working towards formal qualifications in areas such as quantity surveying, construction management and building surveying.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Learning and Development Farrans Construction
At the heart of Farrans’ Shaping Our Future strategy is a strong focus on managing individual performance.
The firm overhauled how this is done, replacing traditional appraisals with fully integrated focus reviews, creating a real-time management system that drives individuals and teams to meet business goals.
Employees are more engaged, with greater scope for personal development, while managers have been trained in new skills to confidently deliver meaningful coaching and management sessions.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Learning and Development Hydrock
Hydrock employs approximately 500 people across the UK in 20 office locations. In the past 12 months, 20 per cent of its workforce have attended one of the four levels of the firm’s management development programme.
Launched in 2016, the programme helps fast-track staff on their careers, giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential. Programmes run for between four and eight months over a number of days, and are held offsite to increase the scope for different activities.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Learning and Development Mace
With higher recruitment activity than expected, Mace identified that one of the easiest ways to increase retention and lower costs was to increase the capability of line managers.
The contractor designed the Mace Manager Development Programme to this end, with a strong business case developed to secure support at board level.
Launched in July 2016, the programme includes one mandatory module and 10 optional development modules. The mandatory module was personally delivered by Mace’s group board members to all directors and operations directors across the world, with members travelling to four different continents in the process.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Learning and Development Manchester Smart Motorways
Manchester Smart Motorways
Manchester Smart Motorways was awarded National Skills Academy status by the CITB and exceeded its KPIs in its first year, with the business on track to do the same in 2016/17.
MSM put on a careers day hosted by Highways England, MSM and other partners, creating several job opportunities with subcontractors and finding new candidates for other positions.
A quarter of the MSM project runs through Salford – an area that suffers from significant social deprivation – and MSM’s learning and development strategy has been specifically targeted at those hard-to-reach groups where programmes such as this can make a huge impact.
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Responding to employee feedback that suggested managers could do more to address poor colleague performance and recognise overperformance, Network Rail launched a new management development programme.
All managers across the London North Eastern and East Midlands route have now completed the programme – a total of 420 staff. In addition, a Route Talent strategy was launched to give high-performing staff a chance to stretch themselves and develop skills for future roles, with 900 employees funnelled into this programme.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Learning and Development Taylor Woodrow
Taylor Woodrow sought to design and deliver a training package that would enhance the project management capabilities of 250 senior project team members in the 12 months to June 2017.
Delegates were asked a series of questions then guided through the process via a mixture of formal teaching, gamification, discussion and case studies.
The six-day course has had a tremendous impact on the management of Taylor Woodrow’s projects, helping managers to become more commercially focused and better understand and deliver client requirements – as well as developing their own performance.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Learning and Development Waldeck Consulting
Waldeck Consulting’s 12-week graduate training scheme provides graduates with a highly tailored programme, which aims to bridge the gap from academic studies to the practical skills required to deliver major engineering projects.
The training is led by in-house multi-disciplinary experts and covers a range of topics. Waldeck’s programme has given graduates a headstart in their engineering careers, with all of the first intake successfully completing the programme and securing permanent positions in the business.
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