CoTrain talks to...
Heather Bryant, Community Liaison Manager at Galliford Try
In Your Own Words...Enginuity Challenge for management trainees at Kier

Congrats to our new starters!

Constructing Excellence Awards are weeks away!
In Your Own Words...

Brandon Wood
Trainee Site Manager
(CoTrain apprentice Technician with Kier on Bitterne School project)

Kier's Enginuity Challenge 

...for management trainees and apprentices

At Kier, the management trainees and apprentices take part in the ENGINUITY Challenge, which provides management and leadership training that is relevant and appropriate for construction professionals worldwide.
Brandon explains, “There are jobs, clients, rival competitors, risks and people worldwide, and the success or failure of the business depends entirely on the decisions each team makes in a number of key business areas.

Using a sophisticated computer simulation, competing teams are given the task of managing a fledgling UK-based Global Construction Business, in a realistic economic climate relevant to the global economy as it is today.

“Working with other management trainees in this competition, my role was working in the procurement section along with another team member,” Brandon continues.
The competition gives participants the opportunity to experience the challenges that face their corporate management on a daily basis, and pits them against their colleagues and peers in a unique business management experience.
"This exercise has helped to build my team working skills as we were relying on each other and learning how to manage the time to participate in the Challenge while being full-time on site at the same time.

We had to liaise with the other departments within our team, bidding for and winning jobs in order to expand our business and presenting a PowerPoint to my MD was quite something! I’ve never done anything like that before and has definitely helped with my professional development.

"Overall it was a great team building exercise and participating in this competition with my trainee colleagues has improved my skills and confidence as we have had to put what we had learned into action in our everyday jobs. 
CoTrain talks to...

Heather Bryant
Community Liaison Manager
at Galliford Try
...about sponsoring PPE and toolkits for new CoTrain apprentices.
“Providing training and employment opportunities for local communities is at the heart of our business at Galliford Try and it is essential for the development of the construction industry.
“The delivery of our business strategy is dependent on our ability to attract, develop and retain highly skilled, experienced and talented people. We are therefore committed to trainees and apprentices..
Galliford Try is proud to be providing all new CoTrain apprentices with a toolkit and PPE at the start of their career journey, we are working in partnership with CoTrain and our supplier Parker Merchanting.”
Heather went along to Theale to meet James White, an apprentice Carpenter whose training is being hosted by ProFixed Interiors, to present him with his brand new tools.
James White - apprentice Carpenter with ProFixed Interiors, receiving his brand new toolkit from Galliford Try
Claire Spong, ProFixed Director said, “James has settled in well, has a fantastic attitude to learning and has integrated fully with the culture onsite.  James fully appreciates he is there as a support to the team, but also ensures he is absorbing as much technical knowledge as he can along the way.  James has a bright future in Carpentry.”
New starters…Welcome to CoTrain!
We have been busy over the last 8 weeks, interviewing and recruiting for new apprentices.

Congratulations go to the following young people and the contractors hosting their training:
James White       C&J                  ProFixed Interiors
Matthew Page    Technician       Wates
Sam Duffell         Technician       Willmott Prtshp Homes
Joe Morgan         GCO                Carlton Civil Engineering
Bradley Baldwin GCO                Blanchard Wells Portsmouth
James Skipper   C&J                  Kier Crawley
Amy Baber          Bus.Admin      Willmott Dixon Cobham
Alex Fowler         Technician      Mace
Jack Hurrell        Technician       Vinci

We are just a few weeks away from the Constructing Excellence London & South East Awards and competition is fierce!

Finalists faced a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style contest to win their category.
Awesome Judging Day - great projects, companies and people.  
Hard decisions for the judges. 
Join our anxious teams waiting for the winners to be announced at the: Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Thursday 30th June 2016
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