Blou Construction pride ourselves in providing qualified, competent staff in all of our specialist trade areas. The appointment of Training Manager, Carly King, now ensures that all staff qualifications, certificates and training are always current and evolving. We work with our tradesmen to provide a structural, practical and methodical approach to training. This ensures that Blou retain our staff and develop the skills and knowledge within our organisation to maintain a sustainable and competitive advantage in the construction industry, allowing us to deliver the highest quality to our clients in keeping with Company values.
Having our own Training Manager also gives us the opportunity to deliver as much in-house health and safety training as possible to all of our staff. Blou ensure that we re-visit health & safety with them on a regular basis by delivering tool box talks on site, and keep all certified training up to date, in line with industry requirements. Our Supervisors are all first aid qualified and have SMSTS or SSSTS certificates. It is very important to us that our workforce are all happy and healthy, as well as being physically fit to carry out their work and we require all staff to take the ‘Fit for Task’ medical assessment before they start, and again at regular intervals.
Our Training Department, headed up by the Training Manager, and our Apprentice Coordinator, Dan Gilling, also oversees the education and development of our apprentices. Blou take extreme pride in providing apprenticeship opportunities for young people, and invest heavily in them. We want to ensure that they all receive the best quality training in their chosen trade area, and work with some of the best training providers in the country to guarantee that happens. We currently have 30 apprentices training in Site Carpentry, Trowel Occupations & specialist Joinery subjects as well as Trainee Quantity Surveyors, Draftsman and Estimators.
Our Five Year Training Plan means that our trade apprentices spend three years at college undertaking both their Intermediate and Advanced level frameworks (Level 2 & 3) and a further two years building their skills, knowledge and undertaking any additional training they want to do, in line with their own career aspirations. The training is all funded by Blou Construction, and we currently have apprentices working towards Site Supervisory NVQ’s, Degree’s at University & Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB) Management qualifications in their fourth and fifth year’s. Some of them are on our ‘in-house rotation’ where they have the opportunity to spend a month working at our Joinery shop to learn about wood machining, and joinery manufacturing processes and have the opportunity to spend time at Head Office working alongside the Surveyors, Buyers, Draftsmen & Estimators. We actively encourage them all to try new things, and should they wish to pursue any of these careers, we support them in doing so.
We have also implemented a mentoring programme where the older and more experienced apprentices, now mentor the younger, less knowledgeable ones. We found out during our regular monitoring meetings with them, that they find it easy to relate to the older apprentices and because the year four and five learners have all recently completed their Level 2 & 3 training at College, they are able to identify with them and assist with their practical work and portfolio’s, as well as answering any questions they may have. We meet with them all regularly to discuss their training, as well as safeguarding them and providing pastoral care where necessary to ensure their safety and wellbeing.