Award-winning house builder Crest Nicholson yesterday launched its first ever Site Management Academy for promising industry talent looking to progress to management roles at the company. Crest Nicholson Chief Executive Stephen Stone led the event and took part in a question and answer session with trainees who will be taking part in the Academy, alongside other senior managers at the company.
The Crest Nicholson Site Management Academy is an industry-leading training programme designed to bring up to 20 new Trainee Site Managers into the business each year to create future Site Managers, Build Managers and Production Directors. The programme is available to Crest Nicholson’s current, final year apprentices as well as new recruits and existing employees who are eager to progress.
In addition to the question and answer session with Stephen Stone, participants at the academy launch had the opportunity to learn more about the key attributes that a successful site manager should aspire to have – each trainee will be led by a mentor sharing their skills and demonstrating best practice examples.
Stephen Stone, Crest Nicholson Chief Executive, said:
“Crest Nicholson has always invested heavily in quality training and career development for our staff, therefore we wanted to provide a robust qualification programme to ensure that we are not just creating the best site managers in the industry but also retaining them. Core to the Site Management Academy programme is the robustness of the training, ensuring that all our academy trainees complete their training and graduate with the highest industry standards.
“We are dedicated to helping address the skills shortage across the industry, and have already committed to hiring and supporting 200 apprentices by 2020. This new Site Management Academy scheme goes above and beyond standard apprenticeships by providing both new and current talent with a longer term career path.”
The comprehensive Site Management Academy programmes includes a blend of accredited training programmes, both classroom-based and on-the-job learning. The Site Management Academy will begin classroom-based learning at partner colleges from September this year.
The supplementary Crest Nicholson workshops will focus on developing a range of skills including community liaison, customer relations and site planning and layout. Complementing this is an individual mentoring approach that will provide crucial support as Academy participants progress through the programme.
Having completed the course, newly qualified Crest Nicholson Site Managers will receive the equivalent of a CIOB level 4 or Higher Apprenticeship. This qualifies the candidates for a sought-after CSCS Site Manager card.
The industry-leading training programme has the full backing of industry bodies the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
Rosalind Thorpe, Head of Education at CIOB, said:
“We are delighted to support the Crest Nicholson Site Management Academy. With its unique blend of structured learning, competence development, coupled with essential professional and technical skills development, mentoring and site rotation, the programme has the potential to set the standard for site management training and education. This is exactly the sort of programme that is needed to develop reflective site managers who will strive for continual improvement and the CIOB fully endorse this programme.”
Tony Batchelor, Standards & Qualifications at CITB, added:
“CITB is pleased to see Crest Nicholson’s Site Management Academy programme putting in place a well-structured progression model for Site Managers and Assistant Site Managers. CITB shares a commitment, with employers such as Crest Nicholson, to ensuring these safety critical roles gain the right knowledge, training, skills and experience.
“Crest Nicholson’s Academy uses a combination of formal and informal interventions, including a number of CITB products, to enable aspiring employees, from across the organisation, to progress into site management type roles as their careers develop within the organisation. Importantly their academy also makes allowance for new employees entering into the organisation, taking account of existing experience, qualifications and skills already gained.”
The launch took place at the Great Fosters Hotel in Egham, Surrey, close to Crest Nicholson’s headquarters in Chertsey.