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Why invest in employee training and development

Henry Ford was credited with the quote “The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.”  

Regardless of where this quote originates, it highlights the importance of investing in the training and development of your company’s most vital assets – your employees. 

Investing in training can present your business with many advantages, here are just a few; 

  1. Gain a competitive advantage – Well trained employees can put regularly updated knowledge, skills and experience to use by responding to changes in the market, ensuring long term company success in the process.
  2. Increase employee productivity and performance – ensure that each member of your workforce is carrying out their role as productively and effectively as possible by enabling them to enhance their knowledge, develop new skills and grow with regular training in their chosen field.  Providing employees with the knowledge to feel confident and skilled in their roles with regular training and development will result in improved performance.
  3. Boost morale in the workplace – boost morale amongst your staff with training.  Staff will feel like they belong to an organisation who cares about their career journey and is enabling them to progress.  Regular training and development will result in a more confident and happier workforce.
  4. Fill vital skills gaps –address any weaknesses or skills gaps identified in regular reviews with training and development to create a workforce that is constantly evolving alongside the scope of their role.
  5. Enable creativity – Receiving regular and up to date training will empower your staff with new knowledge and skills.  With the confidence that comes with feeling competent in their role, new innovative and creative ideas and practices can flow.
  6. Increased Employee Loyalty and Decreased TurnoverWhen a company invests in employee training and development, employees feel valued and appreciated. This makes them more loyal, and the more loyal your employees are, the more likely they are to both stay and to refer skilled friends and colleagues to work at the company. Plus, loyal employees are more engaged and motivated and require less supervision. 

Give us a call on 0330 088 9596 or email us at enquiries@geason.co.uk to discuss how we can help you to set up a training plan that best suits the needs of your business.

Higher Apprenticeships in Highways

Geason Training have been selected as the training provider for Nottingham City Council apprentices Grant Tuxford, Mark Roe, Russell Whiting and Kieren Gilbert  who recently began their high apprenticeship journey.

Russell is studying towards a Level 4 Construction Site Supervision – Civil Engineering Pathway Operations. The course is designed for operatives who are working in or progressing to a Site Foreman role.

Kieren, Mark and Grant are studying towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Occupational Work Supervision. The course is designed for both new and experienced operatives who are working in or progressing into a Road Foreman role.

Their apprenticeship training is made up of five key elements: An NVQ at level 3, BTEC or GQA extended diploma along with functional skills training, employment rights and responsibilities and personal learning and thinking skills. The service will work alongside Geason Training to support the apprentices throughout the programme which should take approximately 18 months to complete.

The Apprenticeship Levy has been used to fund the training so there is no extra cost to the Service area. Colleagues must be working to an approved apprenticeship standard for at least 12 months with a commitment to 20% of their work time spent on off the job training.

Peter Wells, Infrastructure Asset Manager for Nottingham City Council said

 “I am really pleased that Kieren, Mark, Grant and Russell have now enrolled onto their courses with Geason Training. I see Higher apprenticeships like this as the next phase for the Service and the first group has a big role to play in changing the current view of apprenticeships. They are no longer restricted to young people and new recruits.”

My Learning Journey with Geason Training

We love having opportunities to celebrate the successes of our learners, so we were delighted when one of our learners Harriet Shaw completed her qualification and agreed to share the story of her learning journey with Geason Training.

Learner Success Story – Harriet Shaw

“I originally started my Digital Marketing training with another provider, but when that company ceased trading two weeks before my final assessment, I wasn’t sure what to do. Geason Training offered me a huge amount of support to help me pick up where I left off and get my course finished.

My whole experience with Geason Training was so smooth and super easy. Everything was explained to me in detail and the team are all so lovely and encouraging! I’d recommend Geason Training as a Training Provider because – even though I was only with them for a short time – I felt like my training was valued and the whole operation was well-organised and comfortable.

One of my biggest concerns when I started was that I was quite a bit older than the average Apprentice (at the ripe old age of 25!) but I quickly found that age is completely irrelevant as long as you’re working hard, so don’t let that put you off! Also, finding a great employer that’s invested in your development makes a massive difference, so make sure you’re working within a company that you feel a good connection to. I feel super lucky to have walked in to a role that is allowing me to develop alongside the business, plus I really believe in our brand and product which makes my job easier and far more enjoyable!

I’m currently looking after all of the Marketing for BEAR – a little independent business with huge growth plans – and I’m super excited to be playing a part in their expansion. If you’re thinking of starting an Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing, I’d definitely say go for it!

The Marketing world is huge and there are so many roads you can go down – an Apprenticeship is a great way to explore a variety of career paths before settling in to a role that suits you best. Geason Training is a good place to start – the team there will guide you through everything you need to know.”

Trailblazer Ryan achieves a distinction in his apprenticeship

Hardworking apprentice Ryan Warren has embodied the spirit of ‘blazing a trail’ by completing his Level 2 Property Maintenance Operative apprenticeship before his end date and achieving a distinction.

Ryan, who has been an employee of Landmarc Support Services since January 2016, had a background in construction before gaining employment but never had the opportunity to gain formal qualifications which support the trade skills he had gained.  Keen to develop within his career and build on his existing industry experience, Ryan jumped at the chance to complete an apprenticeship with Geason Training – A Speedy Business.  With the support and encouragement of his colleagues, Ryan pursued a Level 2 apprenticeship in Property Maintenance.

During his apprenticeship, Ryan was seconded to the Maintenance team and grabbed the opportunity to learn from the maintenance technicians with both hands.  He was able to develop new skills from trades such as building, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work and has also been involved in a maintenance repairs project.

Ryan’s line manager is particularly impressed with his achievement and the work he has put into developing his fabric maintenance abilities.

Following the support he received throughout his apprenticeship from his colleagues and Timothy Newsome, his trainer at Geason Training,  Ryan feels he has become a more well-rounded Property Maintenance Operative and able to undertake building fabric repairs.

Ryan commented,

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this journey. Apprenticeships really are a fantastic way to learn and I’m so proud that I managed to complete my course in the shortest time possible and achieve a distinction. I’m certainly putting my new skills into practice and have been asked to support a major project to refurbish one of our urban training areas. This will really help me to get some more experience so that I can continue to develop my career in this area.”

With learners at the heart of everything we do, we are always excited to offer support and guidance as our learners progress and develop throughout their career. Not one to rest on his laurels, Ryan has already embarked on the next stage of his learning journey by starting his second qualification – a Level 2 apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery.


 

Geason Training to accelerate growth by joining Speedy

Geason Training is delighted to announce that we have been acquired by Speedy Hire Plc, the UK’s leading tools, equipment and plant hire services company, operating across the construction, infrastructure and industrial markets. Ian Kilpatrick, MD stated that “This acquisition will expand our training offering with over 40 new training centres, allowing us to deliver our flexible, progressive training programmes across the UK. My fellow Directors and I will continue to manage and operate the company towards our long term objectives with the added benefit of Speedy’s vast experience and infrastructure”

For more information click here.

You Said – We Did

At Geason Training we put the Learner Experience at the heart of everything we do so we ask for feedback on a regular basis and treat every point seriously.

In September 2018, we reached out to 302 live learners in total via telephone and the results were recorded directly onto Survey Monkey.

This was to supplement the on-programme and induction surveys conducted throughout 2017 -18 academic year. The survey reached out to 302 live learners in total.

We were delighted to hear that 94% of the learners surveyed felt that they had learned new skills relevant to their job during the time they spent on their course.

The image below highlights some of the actions we have implemented since undertaking the survey such as recruiting a Customer Service Manager to co-ordinate information to and from learners.

 

We value the feedback our learners provide and use it to ensure we are constantly developing and improving our services to align with their needs.