Ongoing training – here’s how!
Often when business is busy, training can take a back seat, but with nearly half of employers experiencing difficulty in recruiting skilled staff, training your current workforce could significantly improve your business prospects.
Here, we have provided some simple ways you can make sure your workforce is up-to-speed without breaking the bank.
Investing in ongoing training doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, you might have the resources you need in your business. Individuals within the company might have skills they can share with the wider team, something that can be particularly useful when training apprentices or new starters.
Consider setting time each month for your team to skill share and share techniques used on the job. If one of your employees is particularly competent at a particular application, why not let them share this skill? This will improve the standard of work across the board, with no external cost to your business.
Work with manufacturers
Whether plumbing, flooring or general building, many product manufacturers offer training to tradespeople on their products and often it’s free! At Eurocell, as well as our technical team which can respond to any specific enquiries, we offer training at our trade counters.
We have recently carried out training on our GRP flat roof system to installers across the country. This free-of-charge training made sure attendees were fully up-to-speed on installation best practice and felt confident installing the product.
It is worth asking any manufacturers you work with whether they offer training, or if they would consider it.
If needed, you can also opt for more formalised training, although this may come at an additional cost. For example, if a job requires certification to be carried out, it is worth working with a body like CITB to ensure your team has the relevant cards to complete jobs. This investment in your team can reduce your need to hire specialists, at an additional day rate. As well as the support to achieve a CSCS card, CITB also offer the option to attend training on business management, sustainability and health and safety. Often, grants are available which can mean the training is subsidised, especially for apprentices.
It is encouraging to see that of the 1,044 employers surveyed by CITB, 72% of those experiencing a skills gaps are increasing training activity in order to overcome the problem. As well as reducing the need to outsource work, continual investment in your team can also increase staff loyalty and retention, reduce the need to outsource work and benefit your bottom line, so why wouldn’t you?
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