Training & Development

Training for Success

We believe in investing in our future. That investment starts with the talented people we employ. We consider our people to be our most valued asset and our training and development programme is given the greatest priority and support. We want every member of our workforce to be the best at what they do and to reach their full potential.

We therefore take our training responsibility seriously and our training and structured development programmes are designed to meet the needs of our diverse workforce.

Our Training Approach

Every employee has their training and development needs annually reviewed and any new requirements are identified and organised by our human resources team. These learning requirements may include mentoring and coaching, specialist training programmes as well as specific contract training for employees where a specific need exists.

Through our Metricate Personal Development Programme, we also provide tailored courses and professional development programmes for our senior management team, our supply chain and even our clients.

Registered with ConstructionSkills, Stepnell is also recognised by external training organisations for its high quality site based training in vocational subjects at Level 2 and 3. We have specially trained employees who are approved Site Based Recorders for assessing course work and experience.

The Minster College Training Initiative – A Best Practice Model

Our commitment to training can be seen in pioneering site-based industry training schemes like the innovative Minster College Training Initiative. This was led by Stepnell during the £20 million construction of the New Minster College in Leominster for Hereford Council. It was the first ‘Mini Academy’ scheme of its kind to be run in the West Midlands.

The key objectives of the scheme were to provide young people and adults with marketable and relevant work experience, construction training and skills development to meet current market needs, improve workforce performance and address the industry’s skills gap. The scheme also provided a training platform for small specialist suppliers and subcontractors who did not have the resources to invest in national training and certification programmes.

Here, Stepnell used Train to Gain funding and established a fast track process to qualify subcontractors on site. They in return, made a number of days available for work shadowing and work experience placements. This resulted in 1,000 students from local schools in the area gaining experience of a live construction site.