Faced with multiple external options and conscious of the impact of staff development on business strategy, integrated property support services and project delivery specialists Styles&Wood has taken its training needs in-house. Karen Morley, Director of HR, explains how developing the business’ own in-house programme has had wider benefits throughout its supply chain.

“Budgets and margins remain tight and the penalties for large intakes mean that construction firms are more aware than ever of the need to ensure quality of their works. As a result many in the industry are taking steps to ensure that staff training is a core consideration.”

“Our own contracting teams carry out refurbishment works across the UK; both for our design and project management divisions and external clients and we were conscious of this potential variation in course quality. We wanted to be confident that training was delivered consistently and to a high standard through our workforce.”

“To do this we decided to develop an in-house solution which would enable us to deliver high quality training, to a consistent standard and gave us the ability to develop bespoke courses to suit business needs.  We are able to offer our teams accredited courses, including the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, the CITB SMSTS qualification and UKATA accredited asbestos awareness training, as well as shorter bespoke programmes on topic liked fire and risk assessment.”

“The in-house training solution has also acted as a structured forum to people within the business to share knowledge and best practice.”

“The training programme is also allowing us to offer assistance to our clients with regard to high quality health and safety training for their own teams.  Additionally for us it means that we can demonstrate our expertise to clients and use the service to continue to build relationships with clients away from projects.”

This article was took from the Building Services and Environmental Engineer Publication.



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