Leaders in Training
Published by Jack Williams for Kier Services in Local Government and also in Communities
Kier North Tyneside building surveyor Caroline Galloway, Kier regional director Mike Furze and Kier North Tyneside assistant commercial accountant Paul Allen
Employees aspiring to become managers at Kier North Tyneside are being given the opportunity to realise their ambition thanks to a unique training course, which starts this month and is run by the company.
The Aspiring Managers Programme is being run in partnership with Tyne Met College and is open exclusively to Kier North Tyneside employees, 63% of whom come from the local area. The course helps employees develop the necessary skills to become leaders in the company. Those enrolled will complete monthly training sessions for the next 12 months, as well as carry out a group community challenge.
Last year, 15 Kier North Tyneside delegates took part in the course and are all continuing to use the skills they developed for the benefit of Kier North Tyneside customers. The 15 trainees completed three projects as part of the community challenge, with one group promoting health and well-being at work, another revitalising scrubland for Battle Hill Primary School in Wallsend, and the third raising money for the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB).
Caroline Galloway, building surveyor at Kier North Tyneside, was one of the delegates who completed the programme in 2013 and helped raise money for the TVLB. She commented: “The training programme is a great opportunity for any Kier North Tyneside employees who want to develop their skillset, take on increased responsibilities and promote effective working through the business.
“The community challenge was an important part of the training programme as it allowed us to put into practice the skills we had been learning about, such as teamwork, delegation, using one another’s skills and managing resources. It was also a test for our organisational skills, ensuring everybody knew where to be and when.
“For our challenge we raised funds for the active side of the TVLB, which averages 120 callouts a year ranging from monitoring and gathering information on broken down boats to recovering cliff casualties from our coastline.”
The TVLB was established in 1864 following the wreck of the SS Stanley and was the first in the country to provide sea rescue facilities on a voluntary basis. It later become the model for other life brigades throughout Great Britain, but is now just one of three active volunteer Life Brigades left in the country.
Galloway continued: “We organised various ideas to raise funds for the TVLB, with our main driver being an annual leave raffle. From our fundraising we donated £305 to the charity, which was then match funded by The Kier Foundation making the total raised up to £610. This year the charity celebrates its 150th anniversary and hopefully the money we raised will help it to continue its life-saving work.”
Paul Major, assistant commercial accountant at Kier North Tyneside, was another of the 2013 delegates and helped with the Battle Hill Primary School scrubland development. He said: “The project we chose involved revitalising an area used by the schoolchildren to grow vegetables. It required trimming and weeding, as well as a new coat of paint for their shed, and resulted in a safer and much more pleasant area for the children to use.
“The community challenge gave us a great opportunity, not only to utilise the management skills learned through this course, but to use them to help and improve the local community. Battle Hill’s pupils can now once again use their planters for growing fruit and vegetables, helping with their learning and development and also promoting the school’s Healthy Living strategy.”
Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “At Kier we’re strongly committed to providing high quality training to our employees, as this programme demonstrates. It benefits our employees, allowing them to develop and progress their careers, while ensuring we can continue to provide a first-rate service to local residents.”
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