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Civil engineering apprentices power ahead with new team development experience

August 21st, 2019 Comments off

A Midlands-based civil engineering company gave its apprentices a unique opportunity to develop and thrive together, in an environment that draws on military, business and engineering perspectives to fine-tune team performance.

Whitehouse Construction put seven of its apprentices through a unique development programme at The Dragonfly Team Synergy Centre, a new facility which provides forward-thinking organisations across the region with access to pioneering team development opportunities.

The apprentices, aged between 16 and 21, took part in a day-long programme which saw them tackle command exercises, think differently, plan effectively and take part in bespoke indoor activities.

Focused on health and safety in the workplace, the day formed part of their on-going training to develop into the next generation workforce of the future.

The programme was geared up to meet the specific needs of Whitehouse Construction.

Josephine Ewart-Sear, a Director of Whitehouse Construction, based in Ashbourne, and operating across the Midlands region, said: “Our directly-employed, civil engineering tradesmen and women operate in highly-complex, process-driven environments, with tight controls and procedures.

“The Team Synergy Day was designed to bring health and safety to the forefront of our apprentices’ thinking to meet the demands of these environments, both now and in their future careers.

“We invest significant resources to ensure our multi-disciplined teams have the training and development to work to the highest levels of safety and competence.

“Apprenticeships are important to the business as they enable us to develop our own people and training new entrants ensures we will serve our client base well into the future.

“The team development day allowed us to bring our values to life and show the impact of working together and the benefits of collaboration.

“It also helped reflect to the apprentices the importance of a two-way dialogue between themselves, their leaders and mentors in sharing health and safety best practice.”

Located at Ednaston Park, on the outskirts of Derby, the Dragonfly Team Synergy Centre has been developed by Army Colonel Adam Fraser-Hitchen and former Army Captain, Amanda Foster.

As Chartered Engineers and, in the latter part of their careers, business development strategists through their consultancy Dragonfly Directors, they have both drawn on more than 60 years’ experience, from barracks to the boardroom, to create the facility.

The outdoor all-weather command exercises are designed to challenge participants and encourage them to develop a mindset that values problem-solving, parallel thinking, planning and collaboration.

Amanda, Managing Director, said “In the military, command exercises are used to develop teams and also to assess and fine-tune leadership potential.

“The apprentices at Whitehouse Construction got involved from the outset, and in just one day, it was clearly evident how the team developed and grew stronger as a unit.

“It’s great to see people come together and take part in activities that deliver immediate benefits for the greater good of the team and the business overall.

“This is a team day that creates a culture of collaboration from the word go, with skills that can be injected into the workplace immediately and remain of value for the longer-term.”

More details about the Dragonfly Team Synergy Centre can be found at https://dragonflyteamsynergy.co.uk/

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FGS Plant Company

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Since 2004, the Plant Hire Kent company has become a major force in the South East by displaying an intense dedication to supplying a quality range of equipment to major contractors. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary tools needed to successfully accomplish any project. Equipped with a team of experienced engineers and professional service, we can assure you that partnering with us will guarantee 100% satisfaction. Furthermore, our company is dedicated to maintaining superior customer service. Not only do our employees quickly respond to any service requirements, but they also put forth detailed effort to make sure that all of your concerns are addressed. The safety of our customers and employees is of upmost important to us. At Plant Hire Kent we understand that quality work needs to be accompanied with quality care in order to be sufficient. This emphasis on safety establishes a unique network of trust between our company and customers. With that said, security is always on the forefront of our minds. In order to ease any concerns, we offer a live tracking system and a 24 hour monitoring service for added reassurance.

Our equipment includes excavators, dumpers, telehandlers, rollers, shovels, attachments and more. Upon request, vehicles and equipment can be supplied as self-drive or with a qualified operator. We also offer a comprehensive range of access platforms backed by our expert team of International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) accredited personnel. This equipment includes scissor lifts and cherry pickers fueled by either electric or diesel motors. Road Sweepers are also available for all of your hire needs and they can be supplied with gully suckers, littascnatch, wide sweep brush, dual sweep, high pressure wash or hand jeting lance and can be operated/self-drive or rented on at an hourly daily contract rate.

It must be noted that our all of our operators currently hold  Constructional Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) certifications. This certification was designed to prove the skills of plant operatives and helps those within the industry comply with regulations, requirements, and aims to apply common standards for all plant operations. The employees at Plant Hire Kent Company are amongst the 150,000 people that carry CPCS cards. In addition, your privacy is of upmost importance to us. On May 25, 2018, the new GDPR legislation made it easier for us to control your personal data and how it is used. Under the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) FGS Plant is obliged to provide individual customers and individuals identifiable from data that we hold relating to our corporate or local authority customers, with certain information relating to FGS Plant and how we collect and use their ‘Personal Data’.

At our company, our mission is to ensure safety while simultaneously delivering affordable and practical solutions. We take our responsibility as a leading equipment supplier seriously and have made conscious decisions to make sure that we make certain that the health and welfare of all those associated with us is up to par.  We are not just a business; at FGS Plant we also strive to support our local community. We are proud supporters of the Big Cat Sanctuary, Gillngham Football Club, and Kentucky Country Cricket Club. These outwards displays of support to the community establishes us as a company concerned with the well-being of our community and business. Additionally, we have  sponsored Nathan Heathcote who throughout this past year and supported him for his first race at Brands Hatch during the weekend of April 6 – 7, 2019 for the Ginetta GT4 Supercup.

There are so many reasons to select the FGS Plant Company to fulfill your constructional needs. By completing our free site survey you can contact a member of our team so that we can analyze how to best serve you. We offer flexible hire periods to accommodate long or short term project and constant telephone support. Compared to our competitors, our rates are some of the fairest to assess your needs and by calling 01622 713930 you can receive a free no obligation quote. Finally, on our company website you can also download a wide array of useful documents to help you learn more about our company. When partnering with FGS Plant we can promise you that we will not only strive to provide excellent service but also go above and beyond to meet all of your needs.

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