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Compliance or skills training?

Posted on: 7/10/2021

Compliance has become a compulsory part of every construction and utilities company. It is necessary to stay on site…but is it enough to address the skills shortage? Are we all doing our bit?

The relationship construction companies have with their training provider is not only important to achieve compliance, but it is critical to develop enough skilled workers to meet the demand for work.

By identifying skills needs and offering training, companies can encourage progression. Workers flourish to become skilled and key to company performance and long term success.

Karen Cushion, Training Manager said “We strive to provide compliance and training that meets the demands of the industry. Site compliance is a priority, but we also need to focus on the lack of skilled labour. Our offer is to work closely with our clients, understand their demand and skills needs and deliver relevant, high-quality training that encourages development and availability of skilled workers.”.

Success

A worker at one of our clients is a good example of the impact this approach can have. After figuring out that an office job was not for him, Sam started working at the company as a Labourer. He was quickly identified by Directors as someone who is reliable with the ability to progress and was asked to attend some training. Training included on-site Plant testing, Buried Services/CAT and Genny, Safe Use of Stihl Saws, Confined Spaces, SSSTS and NVQs. Sam has excelled improving his knowledge and skills in Groundwork and this has led to incredible opportunities. Sam now, not only has all the compliance needed, but he has recently been rewarded with a great opportunity to become a Site Foremen.

This shows that training, alongside the experience gained from site, accelerates progression and the availability of skilled workers.

We hope to inspire more companies to develop their workers and help resolve the ongoing skills shortages.

Get involved

To discuss any needs you may have, please contact us on training@matthewsandleigh.co.uk or 01257 792268.

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