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Learning and development

To help employees reach their full potential we have created an environment that promotes growth through personal development and formal training, at every level.

Our learning and development strategy aims to nurture and develop the potential in all of our people, so that we continue to develop a high performing, dependable and skilled workforce. 

We know that learning happens all the time, not just in a classroom, and we encourage the use of the 70:20:10 model of learning across our business. That means a lot of emphasis on knowledge sharing, learning from peers and in-house experts, along with coaching and mentoring programmes, in addition to formal programmes

Formal courses

Along with year in industry placements and apprenticeship programmes, employees have access to an extensive learning management system, providing hundreds of different courses – eLearning and classroom based - centred around academic, soft skills and behavioural development. 

Those wanting further education are offered learning through professional qualifications, industry competences, ILM qualification courses, or through one of our academies – commercial, project management, engineering, HSQES and rail operations.

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Management training

Our supervisors and managers undertake a professional qualification in leadership and management to help them become better leaders.

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Behavioural training

Our people are also offered one day behavioural training to better help them with their daily tasks, such as briefings and presentation skills, approaching difficult conversations and team building.

Competency training

Site based operatives are given opportunities to develop and expand their skills, and are put on an array of competency courses funded by the company. This includes competence renewals. 

We also provide recognised qualifications for our OLEC lineman, with the opportunity to develop up to OLEC level three. Training is provided by our highly skilled trainer and assessor, and practical activities are undertaken in our bespoke build training facility.

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Competency training

Our site based operatives regularly undertake training in Doncaster.

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Training facility

Linesman undertaking OLEC training in our training facility.

Industry leading

Over the years, we have been seen as 'best in class', receiving local, national and industry recognition.

Our learning and develop programmes are recognised as forward thinking, and are described as the ‘definition of excellence’ with ‘strong evidence of impact, clear links to business and HR strategies, and with an integrated and well-developed sustainability vision'.

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Industry recognition

At the 2023 Construction News Workforce Awards, we received the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Initiative of the Year, Excellence in Learning & Development, and the Best Place to Work Contractor Award.

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Local recognition

We are also recognised at the Doncaster Business Awards as one of the best local businesses for people development and for our impressive and extensive training programme, which provides employees with a wide variety of options to excel across various disciplines and at multiple levels.

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