Training

We operate within a formal Training Policy and initially achieved the IIP standard in 2004. In 2010 we successfully maintained our IIP status and are committed to continual improvement through our people. We have an experienced core of operatives and staff and whilst we will always try to recruit locally, our aim is also to have the best people, who are most suitably qualified or experienced for a particular project, regardless of their background.

The majority of our training budget is spent on construction based training to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our employees e.g. confined spaces, first aid at work, abrasive wheels, on obtaining NVQs and CSCS / CPCS cards; and on training to comply with the legislative requirements and industry standards e.g. New Roads and Street Works, Appointed Persons for Lifting Operations, EUSR Utility, CITB Construction Skills, Electrical Contractors ECS1 H&S Assessment, Welder Training and Development etc.

The HR Department maintains a computer based database and matrices system of employee qualifications and training. We consider this to be company confidential and subject to Data Protection Legislation. However, this database can be viewed by Clients upon request. Over and above this, on contract award Clients are provided with the training and qualifications of all employees to be involved on a given project, including copies of all certificates. We have also devised an Access database encompassing a reminder system for the renewal of certificates and further training.

Training is provided in-house and through external training providers. In particular, staff are kept abreast of changes via tool box talks, manufacturers' training, workshops and updates, internal training and continuing professional development.

the right skills for the right job

Over and above health and safety training, examples of other training done over the last few years includes:

  • NEC training for site managers and commercial staff, provided both on an in-house course, and also in collaboration with Clients
  • CPD training for professionally qualified staff
  • The qualification for 2 members of staff as advanced environmental practitioners.
  • IT training, website management
  • Employment law updates for the HR department
  • Leadership, management and business planning training for directors
  • Age discrimination training
  • BSI internal auditor training
  • Training Plan workshop for the HR Department
  • Unfair dismissal workshop
  • Internal training on our costing system for accounts staff
  • Sustainable development, design, construction and maintenance
  • Noise and vibration legislation
  • CITB Training and Development Plan
  • Accident Investigation
  • Presentation Skills
  • DSE Assessor
  • Cabis Training
  • In-house Presentation on individual Company Capabilities

Academic qualifications are paid for by the company and students undertake the qualifications, whether on a day release basis or in the evening, so that at the same time they are able to gain valuable, work related experience.

We have had close links with Bolton University (Dept of the Built Environment) and have been assisting with the development of the Civil Engineering course with a view to it being more focused on the needs of industry.

Nearly all our agents and supervisors have been put through either the CITB 5 day site managers safety training scheme or the 2 day CITB site supervisors course. Additionally, our Contracts' Directors and our Contracts Managers are all First Aiders.

All our operational staff and operatives have been offered the opportunity to undertake NVQs. We are currently signed up with 3 training providers. NVQs have been carried out in the following:

  • Specialised Plant and Machinery Operations, Level 2, for all holders of Red CPCS cards
  • Construction Operations, Level 2, for some of our civil engineering operatives.
  • Site Supervision, Level 3 for our foremen
  • Construction Site Supervision (Contracting) Level 3 for our engineering staff
  • Construction Site Management (Contracting) Level 4 for some sub agents and site managers
  • Directional Drilling, Level 2, for all our directional drilling operatives.

All our company accrediation certificates can be found on Downloads

Cat & Genny Training at Head OfficeCat & Genny Training given at Head Office

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