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Dorset Construction Training Group

Author: Steven Shaw Published: 29th July 2008 17:09

The Dorset Construction Training Group - AboutMyArea - BH15The group was created to provide a platform for any construction-based company in Dorset, regardless of its size, to access training specific to their needs and their budget. One of the aims of the group is to share best practice amongst its members.

As we are all aware legislation means that we are obligated to train our personnel. This can be an onerous and expensive task, which our companies can not escape. The Dorset Construction Training Group works co-operatively to try and make things easier. In the construction industry the training needs can be diverse but we try and cover all of our members needs offering a wide range of training such as;- 5 day SMSTS course, scaffold inspection course, working at heights, CDM regulations, risk assessments/method statements, 1st aid course, but to name a few of the courses done within the past 12 months. We work together as a group and also invite any FMB member to attend our training courses/seminars.

We try to force down the cost of training, share training facilities, introduce new training concepts, carry out group training and source quality training for our members. Our members are our strength and we rely on their participation and contribution to produce effective results. All training that is organised is at the request of its members. The cost of training ranges from £20 per head, this could be for a three hour seminar, to £480 per head for a five day SMSTS course. All training is carried out at a local venue at a time and date convenient to suite all attending.

The Dorset Construction Training Group has really taken off within the last 12 months and membership has increased by 45%. They meet quarterly to discuss training requirements.

The group is non-profit making organisation. All monies are re-invested in training needs.

The long standing chairman of group is Alan Connell of SE Connell & Son. Alan has had 41 years within the industry and brings a vitality to every meeting. Passionate about training for future generations. Alans favourite quote "our future within the industry is in the hands of the young". Alan employees 8 people and is also secretary of the FMB.

Long service secretary and treasurer and back bone to the group is Maria Seabright of Greendale Construction Limited. Greendale employ 50 people and operate a highly successful apprenticeship programme. Greendale pride themselves on their companies training programme. They also hold the Investors In People achievement. Maria organises all the training on behalf of the group and pulls together all the members training needs and requirements.

Maria quotes "We at Greendale Construction Ltd pride ourselves on our training and apprenticeship programmes, we appreciate how important this is to the building industry hence the reason why we got involved with the DCTG. We would urge any Dorset based construction company who are not currently members to consider joining and reap the benefits. To keep standards and safety levels high, regular training is essential and for small companies this can be costly and time consuming to organise. Joining forces with the DCTG can help in this respect and benefits both employers and employees"

Membership fee is £30.00 per year.

Should you require any further information regarding the Dorset Construction Training Group then please contact Maria Seabright c/o Greendale Construction Limited on 01202 721816

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