Editor’s Note – September 2009

The lack of skilled people entering the building services industry continues to be a problem but the good news is that many companies are now taking matters into their own hands and offering in-house training specific to their products.

This has got to be a step in the right direction in ensuring that the skills of the workforce meet the needs of the future – particularly with the huge demands which the building of the 2012 Olympic stadia will put on our resources.

There is more good news on the horizon from SummitSkills in the form of the London Electrical Project. Funded by the London Development Agency this is an adult training initiative open to all electrical contracting businesses within the London area. As well as providing candidates with the skills they need to compete in this marketplace, it will also go some way towards meeting the construction and electrical needs of the Olympics.

But as far as training is concerned it shouldn’t just be about sitting back and waiting to see what other people will do on your behalf. Like with anything else if you want to get ahead then you need to take the bull by the horns and get on with it.

In our training feature this month you will see an example of this from Trox UK who have implemented the Six Sigma process with some fairly dramatic results. One year into the process, they still have a long way to go but the fact remains that they are already seeing results with the whole workforce getting behind the initiative.

It’s worth remembering that for any training to succeed you need to have the buy in of everyone involved and by doing so you can do your bit for the future of the industry and like Trox you could see some excellent results along the way.

See you next month

Tracey

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