To counter the industry’s skill shortages, Concrete Repairs has established its own in-house training “school of excellence”. It invests, on average, £650 each year in every employee. An Investor In People for five years now, the training culture at Concrete Repairs ensures very low staff turnover. One employee has just celebrated 50 years with the firm. Environmental awareness is also high on the training agenda.
Turnover up 51% and profits by 410% show FK Roofing was doing all the right things last year, and just as importantly, doing them to the highest safety standards. Each employee was given a personal development plan last year, which sets stretching personal goals and identifies training needs. Supplier training days are in place with all supply-chain partners, ensuring staff are up-to-date with all roofing and cladding products, which in turn improves safety techniques. Top project of the year was the Breast Care Clinic at Wythenshawe, where the site team were trained in edge protection and netting solution system that was tailored specifically for the hospital’s roofing works.
Training, training, training is the mantra at Alumet Systems, with each employee expected to spend 10 days each year on training courses. Such commitment pays off: clients are invariably impressed and levels of repeat business are high. And the façade solution specialist’s order books for this year are 100% full.
Laing Traditional Masonry
With traditional craft masonry skills in decline, Laing TM’s management team has set out to nurture a new generation of craftspeople – and is succeeding. Each employee receives 240 hours of masonry training every year, allowing the company to take on with confidence incredibly skilful conservation projects in Scotland and elsewhere. Laing has held Investors In People accreditation since 2004.
The fit-out specialist is an Investors In People outfit and is committed to helping employees fulfil their potential on the many complex projects MITIE works on. Each team member receives a personal development plan, which helps foster a “can do” culture. Mentoring is just one of the in-house training tools that is proving highly motivational. Annual investment per employee stands at £550, spread over at least 5 training days each year.
Specialist Contractor Awards 2007
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