Investing in our personnel is extremely important to us.
We endeavour to recruit and train the right people and offer career development to ensure our workforce is highly skilled, motivated and suitably rewarded – as a consequence, we deliver first class installations.
It’s also really important to us that our workforce (and its skills) are sustainable.
That’s why, through our training division and our designated training manager, we offer regular training, apprenticeships, and also encourage and support the broader personal development of our employees and contractors.
Training is a critical component of everything we do.
Everyone who works for us has their own training plan, produced annually but reviewed monthly to make sure it’s relevant, positive and reflects changes in the industry.
Our trades learn their basic skills at college, and these skills are honed on-site under the watchful eyes of experienced mentors. As our industry evolves, we make sure core skills are regularly updated, taking into account the latest technological innovations and health and safety requirements.
We also believe in the ongoing personal development of our workforce. If someone wants to learn a new personal skill – one that may not be directly related to their everyday role – we support them, however long they’ve been with the company
Everybody has the opportunity to grow with us.
We have carpentry and joinery apprentices on our payroll who have joined us from school or college.
Our carpentry and joinery apprentices have joined us from school or college – our training manager visits schools and colleges specifically to recruit trainees, generally aged 17-22, on three-year apprenticeships.
Training is varied – a mixture of college, block release and gaining experience on the job, resulting in at least NVQ2 (more likely NVQ3). We don’t want to kick out our apprentices at the end of the three years. We believe their skills can help to build our future so we encourage them to become part of the “Hillson family”.
We also encourage and support our subcontractors to learn new skills and undertake additional training. Plus, we fund the education of our technical staff (surveyors, estimators and future managers) through university and our ongoing training.