This award looked for training interventions that have significantly benefited a business or organisation, particularly if the trainers involved developed new approaches. The judge wanted to see evidence of improved performance and gains in employee skills and capabilities. Entrants showed how training boosted motivation and helped focus staff on key organisational objectives. The judge looked for well-designed training programmes that have been delivered successfully.
Hugh Murray FCIPD is a co-director and co-founder of Scott Bradbury, which provides training and learning materials, principally DVDs, to businesses. Previously he was managing director of training and learning supplies company Fenman, which he founded in 1987. His recent DVDs include Improving Attendance and Using Competencies Successfully. He is also a well-known speaker on the learning and development circuit.
The shortlisted teams:
The team: Group training and development
Number in team: 20
Number of people in organisation: 9,000
About the organisation
Kier is a construction, development and service company that specialises in building and civil engineering, support services, private house building, property development and Private Finance Initiatives.
To develop more managers internally, cut recruitment costs and staff turnover, and develop effective succession planning. Also, to improve levels of professionalism among staff and improve safety on project work, and offer proof of workforce competence to customers. In short, a talent/career development programme was needed.
What the organisation did
It introduced a career development programme, based on company and industry competencies, with development paths for all staff from new entrants to directors. This included entry schemes for trainees from apprentice to graduate levels, accredited by external colleges and professional bodies, as well as:
- Delivery of professional, technical and plant NVQs to site teams as an accredited NVQ centre
- A three-year executive leadership development programme
- An appraisal scheme linking trai