Investing in training our team as we scale up and focus on service
News | 13.04.22 |
Training is a hot topic in the construction industry, as the sector continues to face skill shortages across all trades. Here at Edgeley Construction, we are committed to ensuring training is embedded in our strategy for personnel development and staff retention, with personalised training plans and initiatives focused on nurturing talent.
To this end, we have a number of team members currently undertaking training that will provide a springboard for career development.
Administrator, Sophie, joined us in 2018 as an admin assistant for our maintenance department. Her remit has grown to more of an operational role since then, and we are keen to maximise her potential within the business and prepare her for management. She is now studying for a Level 3 ILM leadership and management diploma, which is designed to develop her skills in leadership, management, communication and time management.
Meanwhile our operations manager, Jessica Brett, is also undergoing ILM training, which will enable her to continue building her skills in operational management and business systems, alongside project management activities. Jessica has also trained in our Procore digital construction systems, and this knowledge is helping her develop our systems aligned to these digital processes. It’s also enabling her to train other members of the team, helping us maximise the value of Procore for our business and our clients.
Site operative, Lewis Rics, also provides a good example of how we’re rewarding talent and hard work with training that will unlock the potential to progress within Edgeley Construction. Having stepped up to an interim site foreman role, Lewis has shown he has the aptitude and enthusiasm to warrant a permanent promotion, so he has taken his SMSTS (site management safety training scheme) qualification.
Two of our team are currently at university as part of their career development plan, with trainee QS, Harry Brett, still two years from graduating in quantity surveying. Harry Jeffrey, meanwhile, is now preparing for his finals in a couple of months’ time, as he completes his construction management degree. Already an assistant site manager, Harry is now also taking on assistant project management responsibilities, supported by the knowledge he’s gained during his degree.
Alongside this career development focused training, we’re continuing to ensure every member of the team has the skills they need to deliver high standards of quality and efficiency on site, and we’re committed to maintaining exemplary safety standards. All the team have recently completed a safety and first aid refresher course, and we have just achieved CHAS accreditation again, which recognises our safety standards and the programme of toolbox talks we have in place.
Both on site and in the office, people are at the heart of our business at Edgeley Construction. When we invest in them and their skills, we’re investing in the future of our business and the best outcome for every project.