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Training managers and supervisors is essential for building Northern Ireland

Despite the economic downturn, ConstructionSkills in Northern Ireland has launched a new campaign with the purpose of training existing construction workers and giving new entrants the skills they need for a career in the construction industry.

This move comes after ConstructionSkills completed its forecast for the next four years and reported that despite a slowdown, construction output in the Province is expected to grow in the next two years, which means that training and upskilling the workforce in Northern Ireland is more important than ever before.

The Building Northern Ireland campaign will highlight key training themes each month, so that employers can focus their training plans and make a real difference to the construction workforce in Northern Ireland.

The first theme of the campaign is management and leadership. A recent survey conducted by ConstructionSkills revealed that only 29% of construction firms trained their managers to a formal qualification last year. In a slowdown, strong management is crucial. Ballymena based employer Martin & Hamilton recognises the benefit of training and believes that by making a commitment to training managers and supervisors can make a difference to the company – on all levels.

Martin & Hamilton have been providing quality construction across Northern Ireland for over 40 years. The company was recently awarded Chartered Building Company status by the Chartered Institute of Building the leading professional body for managers in construction. This accreditation recognises professionalism and quality workmanship in the contracts completed by the contractor. A commitment to developing staff and encouraging them to become Chartered Builders played a vital role in achieving the accreditation.

Managing Director David Hamilton, said: “We have always worked hard to build our reputation upon delivering quality and value. The only way that we can do this is by having an appropriately qualified and trained team in place. We are dedicated and committed to training every member of staff-especially managers and supervisors.

We support the Building Northern Ireland campaign as we are all too aware of the importance of developing and supporting staff via training. Without highly skilled and qualified managers we would not be in a position to be accredited with our Chartered Building Company status.”

If you are interested in supervisory or management level training please telephone ConstructionSkills Northern Ireland’s Training Support Team on 028 9082 5466 or visit www.citbni.org.uk

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Left to right : Matthew McKeown (apprentice) with Janice Craig (Training Co ordinator and David Graham Trainee Technician running through some of the management and leadership courses onsite at Martin & Hamilton.

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