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Training Excellence

With the skills shortages threatening the sector’s capacity, the quality of training has never been more important. These nine firms lead the way.

Abbey Pynford Training CN Awards 2016

Abbey Pynford Training CN Awards 2016

Abbey Pynford Geo Structures

Abbey Pynford Geo Structures has successfully developed and implemented a training review and development plan process for its entire workforce, including self-employed operatives working for labour-only subcontractors. The review led to an increase in training expenditure from £2,500 in 2013 to £37,000 in 2015, with a budget of £64,000 in 2016 – 10 per cent of the company’s net profit.

It has also invested in developing its own bespoke IOSH Managing Safely Course to provide specific management training on how to manage basement and underpinning projects.

Ardmore Training CN Awards 2016

Ardmore Training CN Awards 2016


Ardmore provided an average of 16 organised learning hours per employee in 2015. Learning opportunities included: a structural graduate training programme with 38 graduates enrolled; technical seminars on piling methods, façade systems, superstructures and more; and internal workshops on a range of topics.

The firm has also developed an award-winning apprenticeship programme with 55 apprentices currently working across its sites in London.

Carillion Morgan Sindall Training CN Awards 2016

Carillion Morgan Sindall Training CN Awards 2016

Carillion / Morgan Sindall JV

The A1 Leeming to Barton project, carried out by a Carillion / Morgan Sindall JV, achieved 100 per cent of its commitments to the National Skills Academy for Construction in 2015.

This included inviting Tenstar Simulation to attend the site and test a driving simulation training aid, motivating existing operatives and promoting new skills to others.

By complementing real machines with simulator training, the impact on the environment was also reduced by 30 per cent – and students were able to practice manoeuvres on their own with a negligible risk of accident.

Costain Training CN Awards 2016

Costain Training CN Awards 2016


Costain’s work on the M1 Smart Motorway J28-31 and 32-35a project became the first Highways England scheme to be granted CITB National Skills Academy for Construction status.

Since then, the contractor has delivered on a number of challenging targets set by the CITB.

In particular, it has registered 41 direct labour staff onto NVQs with local training providers, including more than 20 in 2015.

Eurovia Training CN Awards 2016

Eurovia Training CN Awards 2016

Eurovia UK

Eurovia UK’s graduate programme saw its first batch appointed to divisional manager level in 2015.

Tthe company has adopted a more holistic approach to training and development, creating a dedicated role of learning and development business partner, surveying all employees on training, and establishing a business-wide task group to review processes.

It also launched a supervisors training programme, the first in a series of new initiatives.

ISG Training CN Awards 2016

ISG Training CN Awards 2016


ISG’s northern region achieved CITB National Skills Academy for Construction status in 2014, committing to deliver more than 1,200 training outputs for beneficiaries in the supply chain, as well as young people and the unemployed, over a three-year period.

In 2015, the firm achieved 525 training projects – 128 per cent of its target – and developed a new sector-based work academy in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and local training provider Vocational Solutions, with 48 unemployed people successfully completing the programme.

Mace Training CN Awards 2016

Mace Training CN Awards 2016


In 2015, Mace launched a new training programme in safety: ‘Safety first, second nature’.

The firm partnered with AKT Productions to create three facilitated workshops focusing on health and safety leadership, designed for different levels of seniority.

One phase sees employees deliver training to their colleagues, with a ‘Train the Trainer’ course allowing personal experience and knowledge sharing to come through. This training has been delivered to staff in 11 countries with 122 UK-based trainers and 23 international staff now training to facilitate sessions.

O Donovan Waste Disposal Training CN Awards 2016

O Donovan Waste Disposal Training CN Awards 2016

O’Donovan Waste Disposal

Specialist construction waste management company O’Donovan Waste Disposal launched Project Upskill in 2015, putting 60 staff members though the NVQ Level 2 & 3 WAMITAB training courses.

With nine different nationalities on the team, O’Donovan ran the course in a multi-lingual format to ensure that all core information was captured and understood.

It also launched its ‘Safety 2015’ initiative, which saw the company engage an external expert to undertake a complete review of its H&S operations.

This saw a detailed H&S handbook prepared and tailored for each of the 140 individuals working at O’Donovan.

Skanska Training CN Awards 2016

Skanska Training CN Awards 2016


Following a significant accident on a JV project, Skanska’s H&S department was tasked with reviewing petrol-driven cut-off saw training.

This was undertaken with Makita and Stihl who both provided initial support and advice.

The review highlighted a lack of formal training, so Skanska developed a package with Stihl UK and canvassed support from the CITB to enable an industry standard to be produced.

The course was launched and during 2015 Skanska UK mandated the requirement for all operatives to attend the CITB course – over 50 days of this training were delivered across the business last year, equating to 600 people.

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