16 June 2020
sponsored by Cheesmur Building Contractors
Telford Homes consider people development to be a top priority. They asked the business what they wanted, and looked at the output of annual and half-year reviews, alongside working with heads of department to develop their Training Academy.
This has been designed to allow all colleagues from trainee to senior managers to attend training built to make a difference to them. Focused on individual development, delegates across all courses are coached and supported to build development plans that are personal to them, support their learning and give a tangible return on investment. Building leadership competence and confidence are fundamental elements. The Trainee programme, Core Skills, and a three-tiered Management Development programme from the Academy offer something for everyone - delivered across a variety of mediums.
They ensure their trainee recruitment process is open, transparent and engaging. They have no upper age limit for applications and no upper degree grade. Onboarding aims to be fun and challenging (they send them off to a Graham Robb centre in Reading). Core skills range from quick brown bag sessions to lengthier 2-day sessions designed to support all levels of attendees. Often using external trainers, they ensure every session is bespoke.
Those chosen for their Leadership Programmes attend a 12-month modular-based programme. Each tier has a different set of outcomes based on the level of seniority within the business.
Alongside each programme, they set a demanding but fun project that embeds learning, builds networks and creates stretch.
They are already seeing exceptional results with 90% of the first cohort of first line managers being promoted within 6 months of completing their programme. Feedback tells them the programme is making a real change to personal development across the industry.
About the People Development Award:
People are our greatest asset and this award recognises organisations that appreciate and nurture their workforce to ensure they maximise the value of everyone’s contribution to the business. By creating inclusive workplaces which support people of all abilities through training initiatives, education, mentoring, support networks and innovative programmes, companies can demonstrate a significant impact on the future of their businesses and the wider construction industry.