Skills & Training

SECBE Leaders in Construction can help you develop the skills and training your business requires to be really successful.

Our sector delivers some extraordinary landmark projects such as the award-winning Shard, £3bn Westfield Stratford, and Heathrow’s Terminal 5. It also delivers £100bn of homes, roads and schools that enable society and our economy to thrive. Yet construction continues to have significant skills shortages – in the first instance caused by a poor image that discourages entrants, followed by inadequate training for existing staff (average 1.5 days per year).  Add to this the continued use of traditional thinking and technologies and the result equals a lower workforce productivity than many other industries.

SECBE has considerable experience in driving improvements to address the skills shortages that hinder improved productivity and growth. SECBE created CoTrain, a shared apprenticeship scheme, to help companies win more work whilst training the future workforce at minimal risk, low cost and meeting Social Value Act obligations; CoTrain was developed in partnership with leading clients, contractors and CITB.  We also led the development of a collaborative CPD events system that integrated hundreds of professional institution’s CPD events into a single portal and drove their collaborative strategic planning.

To find out more about CoTrain, our Shared Apprenticeship Scheme go to the CoTrain website

Here are a couple of examples that demonstrate the success others have had from taking a progressive and proactive approach to developing their people:

Leadership & People Development 2015
This is a small company with a serious commitment to developing their staff and reinvesting profits to develop the business. They have a responsive, innovative and flexible approach and commitment to share their knowledge and the lessons they learn. An interesting ‘5 star’ philosophy has provided the foundation of focused leadership resulting in the achievement of impressive goals. Read more

Leadership & People Development 2013 & 2014
O’Donovan Waste Disposal 
This family run waste management business is a beacon for leadership in its sector and across London. Sharing learning and best practice across the industry O’Donovan goes above and beyond legal compliance to achieve excellence in its field.
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Leadership & People Development 2012
Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering Academy
At the core of Balfour Beatty’s strategy is the desire to develop a diverse team of leaders collaborating with highly skilled teams of managers and staff. Through their Academy they are creating opportunities for personal, professional and technical progression. Their clear objectives have led to measurable long-term improvements in business performance. Read more

Apprenticeship Initiative Winner 2015
Faithorn Farrell Timms
FFT aims to inspire young people to join the built environment professions by offering apprentices an organisation in which they can learn real, practical skills and gain access to partners' experience.  They have made significant investment both financially and with time to provide structured apprenticeship within a professional practice.  The scheme looks for individuals from local communities as young as 16 and progresses through to degree standard. Read more

Upcoming Events

Constructing Excellence Kent Club - Annual Half Day Event
11 July 2018
University of Kent, Canterbury
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Recent Blog Posts

CoTrain present at the Southampton Construction Expo
04 July 2018
Apprentice shares his experience of working for CoTrain with industry professionals
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