The Importance of training the employees within your business.
Training and Qualifications are probably not currently at the top of your company’s agenda, but it is very important to have a clear view on the future. We are currently in a strange economic situation but this will not last forever, and the businesses who invest wisely during this time and in the coming weeks will have the best chance of survival when restrictions begin to be lifted– the best chance of winning work, building a strong reputation and of retaining and attracting skilled staff.
Giving your employees the key skills and industry knowledge they need in order to succeed is the number one way to grow your business. Keep reading to find out the top reasons why you should implement training into your company, even during this time.
One of the main reasons why employee training is so important in the trade industry is due to the fact we are facing a potential skill shortage due to the introduction of the points based immigration system in January 2021 (Read more link). It is likely that we will see a significant reduction in the number of skilled construction and M&E workers coming to the UK, so it is essential that we train, up-skill and retain our current workforce in order to ensure we have enough people to get the necessary jobs done.
There are many other reasons to invest in employee training in your workforce – CSCS cards will not be renewed or issued without demonstrative evidence of skill level. Main contractors (and clients)
are now insisting in CSCS cards (or equivalent) being produced at induction, or on inspection, to show that workers are qualified and certified – for trades staff, this would be a level 2 or 3 NVQ.
This is legislated in the CDM Regulations 2015 – “Contractors on all projects must…check that all workers they employ or appoint have the skills, knowledge, training and experience to carry out the work”. A breach of CDM could be extremely serious in a contractual dispute, or in the event of an accident. Further, if a business cannot demonstrate that skill and qualification levels are appropriate for the task being undertaken, the HSE have made it clear that any liability will rest with the contractor issuing works.
In our view, the requirement for training and certification isn’t just applicable to junior staff, this also applies to Management and Supervisory staff – clients and end-users expect senior staff to be qualified, and be able to demonstrate continued development, as well as membership of a professional body. Our experience in recruitment suggests that CPD (or lack of it) is a major factor for senior staff to change employers.
The Shore Group have partnered with Q2W – a leading and innovative provider of Training and Certification, specialising in NVQ delivery and assessment. We have been working with a number of clients to allow our trade operatives to undertake NVQ 2 & 3 assessments while on site – these have continued remotely using technology to allow certification during the current restrictions. We are expanding this project to offer NVQ assessment to operatives and are working with some of our managerial staff to attain “NVQ3 in Assessing Competence” to become Assessors.
Q2W are able to deliver NVQs virtually (particularly levels 6 & 7) using cameras, records, video calls and site information – these can be completed while staff are working from home or even on
Furlough, as training is permitted under this legislation. A Level 7 Senior Construction Management includes the option to apply for Membership of the CIOB.
If your company pays levy to the CITB, this can be partially offset against NVQ certification, as well as other training. There are also training grants available from a variety of Government departments, including CITB – Q2W are an approved provider and can advise on grants which are available.
For more information on how to improve your employee training programmes within your business, and secure preferential rates, with our training services.
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