Purpose of the training action plan:
- To provide opportunities for people who aspire to work in the industry;
- To provide a variety of routes through which people can develop their skills;
- To attract young people into a career in the construction industry.
At the Victory Pier site the following measures were implemented:
- A link was established with Mid Kent College and Apprentice week was attended and mock interviews conducted;
- Site visits from the logistics team at The Royal Engineers;
- Visited schools and promoted the construction industry and also arranged for local schools to visit the site;
- Provided work experience during the summer months for six apprentices (two mechanical, two electrical, one façade and a joiner);
- Set targets for placing apprentices and provided training during the tender stage;
- Supported subcontractors by meeting targets for placement opportunities from Mid Kent College;
- All members of the workforce were assessed and provided with personal development plans. This gave individuals the opportunity to develop and realise their potential;
- Monitored and shared best practice with other divisions;
- Employed a teacher to teach English as a foreign language to workers with poor English language skills. This was for 20 people twice a week.
Benefits of offering apprenticeship and training opportunities include:
- Encouraging a highly skilled workforce for the future;
- Retaining and developing the existing workforce;
- Offering employment opportunities to young people/ unemployed;
- Aiding workers with English as a foreign language, which could potentially lead to better job prospects;
- Easing communications on site and improve safety through the avoidance of misunderstandings.