Connexis Company Training Development Award Winners for 2017 (four awards)

The CCNZ Company Training & Development Awards sponsored by Connexis aim to recognise those employers that believe in providing opportunities for their staff to gain skills and knowledge through a nationally recognised qualification.

These employers invest across all levels of their business, embedding training as a matter of course in everything they do, and creating pathways for their people to move up. They understand the importance of building their business by building their people. This award is to highlight the importance of these types of companies in creating a skilled and safe nation.

Connexis Award: Turnover Up To $10 million

Winner: Construction Contracts

Construction Contracts (CCL) is a medium sized civil, drainage and water contractor based in Naenae, Lower Hutt City which employs around 38 full time staff.

This is an award-winning company. In May 2017 it won the Wellington/Wairarapa CCNZ Construction Award for the Jackson Street Wastewater renewals project.

“The awards showcase industry excellence and we are proud to have won the award and of our culture of excellence. We are also the proud winners of the Connexis Company Training Award in 2015 and 2016.

“All of our staff are doing training. Qualifications our people are working towards include:

National Certificates with Connexis, and National Certificates in Drainlaying through the Plumbing, Gasfitting, Drainlaying and Roofing Industry Training Organisation

“Since winning the Connexis award in 2016, CCL has continued to invest heavily in training, development and innovation.

“Training and development manager Steve Scrimshaw has continued to manage CCL’s training activities with the help of Jo and PeopleSafe. We are also developing our own software and apps to help us work smarter to achieve our goals.

“The company looks forward to moving into new purpose-built facilities later in 2017. These include a new yard, building and workshop. The new building includes dedicated training facilities with a smart board and projector where we can finally have all our own people in one space.

“We have continued our training, helping our guys get driving licences, first aid, Site Safe and temporary traffic management training. We continue with our weekly in-house ‘Smarten Up’ training. We have signed up to new training qualifications with Connexis and receive great support from our training rep, Karewa.

“CCL has always been committed to training and qualifications. Thanks to our ITO Connexis, our people are being trained in skills that are useful across the business.

“The qualifications we have gained are recognised and have standing within the industry. We understand that industry training is a partnership between the ITO, the employer and the trainees, and we do everything we can to help our guys succeed.

“We have received great feedback from our ITO Connexis for all our guys who are completing unit standards and we will continue to support our guys to be the best they can be.”

Connexis Award: Turnover $10-$20 million

Winner: ICB Retaining & Construction

As one of the country’s top retaining wall construction companies, ICB Retaining & Construction currently employs 70 workers and regularly has around 30 subcontractors working for it.

“We conduct competency assessments before any new staff start and we have an external assessor who assesses our excavator operators once a year.

“We currently have three trainees enrolled with Connexis in the Level 4 Civil Works programme working towards Civil Trade Certification by the Recognition of Current Competency Process.

“We have another trainee enrolled with MITO in their apprenticeship programme working towards the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering ) Level 3 and 4 with a strand in Plant and Equipment.

“We are currently identifying some of our aspiring leaders to attend the Mana Whakatipu and Tane Toa programmes for First Line Management Level 3 and 4 that Connexis will be running over winter in Waiouru. We have eight of our foremen who are enrolled in a leadership training programme to prepare them for further NZ Certificates because they have never been involved in adult education.

“These staff members have the on-job skills and experience to enroll into the proposed drilling/piling qualification Connexis is currently developing. The existing NC in Civil Works Level 4 with a strand in Earthworks only covers a few unit standards in retaining wall construction and is not currently fit for purpose for our staff. We will be involved in the development of the new qualification once this development starts.

“We have small three person teams that normally consists of a foreman, an operator and a labourer. We have identified that our biggest need is for foreman training. These men have moved up through the ranks and we realised that they needed further training because they need the tools to step up into a leadership role.

“These men were split into two groups – those who needed preparation before they moved into formal qualifications and those who are ready and who have done adult education before. We have engaged a trainer who trains them on Saturday mornings once a month in things like communication, project planning, time management and lean management.

“We have internal training workshops where our staff go through what we call ‘Retaining wall 101’. Our construction manager conducts the first part of this training module to explain to our staff how estimating works in our company and what is included and excluded in the estimate.

“The area supervisors then take the lead with our operations manager to discuss the process of constructing all our different retaining walls. We use actual plans and current jobs to explain the details of each step in the process.

“We have established a ConstructSafe test centre and 98 percent of our field staff have gained ConstructSafe Tier 1 competency.

“We are getting our assessors to ‘assessor’ status with Connexis and MITO, before putting our trainers on a ‘train the trainer’ programme.

“We have developed an app to capture all training events on site. All our foreman have tablets and they capture all training events via this app.

“Information gathered includes the trainer, the trainee, the training that happened and both the trainer and trainee sign the document on the app, which is then sent to our resource manager who captures all training records on our database.”

Connexis Award: Turnover $25 million plus

Winner: Fulton Hogan

All Fulton Hogan employees complete a Personal Development Plan, which is part of the annual performance review process.

“This identifies where employees and managers see an area for development, and training is organised around this. All employees have the opportunity to complete a national or trade certificate through these conversations.

“The number of people attending training for the Canterbury region fluctuates from 300 per month in summer, to 600 per month in winter. Four Christchurch staff have recently completed Level 4 National Certificates through Connexis, with an additional eight working through Level 2 and 3 qualifications.

“All internal trainers and assessors complete a unit standard qualification to provide them with the capability and skills to train and assess others. Fulton Hogan’s internal trainers complete a Personal Development Plan with their manager and from this areas of further development or areas where there is new or more current training available are identified.

“This process looks different for everyone depending on what role and area of Fulton Hogan they work in. As a large number our workforce use moving plant (ie, excavators, trucks, rollers, graders and bulldozers) this is a critical focus area for Fulton Hogan as well as the industry as a whole. Fulton Hogan has introduced a heavy plant programme called ‘Competent to Operate’ to identify levels of operator competency.

“ A 10,000 square metre area of Fulton Hogan quarry land was set aside, levelled, and developed into a space that consists of multiple training areas. Since it was opened in 2015, over 1200 staff have undertaken training or assessment at the training ground.

“To further improve this innovation, we are currently planning to extend its use to include heights and confined spaces training, while also extending all training to subcontractors.

“The training ground is also being used for team safety days, induction tours for new employees, winter refresher training, internally and externally provided practical training, ‘Back to Work’ programmes to safely restart our people back to work after the Christmas period, Career Pathway sessions for high school students, and more.”

Connexis Award: Training for one-off construction projects

Project: Waikato Expressway Huntly section

Winner: Fulton Hogan

Fulton Hogan HEB Joint Venture is committed to ensuring professional development of its staff at all levels during the life of the Huntly section project.

The NZ Transport Agency’s Waikato Expressway Huntly section is a 15.2 kilometre, four lane expressway with nine bridges, two interchanges, 3.5 million cubic metres of earthworks and is being constructed through very steep terrain.

Fulton Hogan HEB Joint Venture (FHHJV) has 150 staff and our sub-contractors have another 100 staff working on the project.

The project runs for nearly five years, which is 10 percent of a person’s working life, hence personal development is considered essential and consequently 100 percent of the company’s staff have received training during their time on the project by attending over 35 different training courses.


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