Based in Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, Barnes and West offer a complete service to the major housebuilders for brick and block laying, working with housebuilders to construct the elevation of properties and have some impressive high-end work. With a trading history of over 40 years, Barnes and West have a reputation for delivering high quality work coupled with excellent Customer Service.
Business owner, Tony Barnes, wanted to upskill employees to increase individual competency levels and further increase productivity, thus enabling a more productive Barnes and West to have a competitive edge over similar regional players.
Tony reflects on the positive impact that funded skills training has had on his business:
This training has allowed these members of staff to increase their skill sets and make them more productive on site. The training has also allowed us to prove to our clients that we continue to invest in staff training and enables our staff to hold the Blue CSCS cards that our clients insist that our staff achieve. CSCS cards are seen by our clients as a legitimate way of proving our staff’s skills and knowledge of working safely on site and enable our business to tender more competitively for new projects.
The staff who attended the training all report that overall it was a positive experience and this is reflected in the fact that they are now progressing within the business because they are capable of additional duties which leads to them earning more.
During the programme our staff also benefitted from learning about British values and the Prevent programme which opened their eyes to the different forms of radicalisation that exist in the UK today and how they can take steps to both recognise it and act against it.
Should we have a need for further training, we as a company would like to use the ESF Skills Support for the Workforce programme again and we were also very pleased in the professional way that the training was delivered by CSP.