Learning at Work Week is an annual initiative designed to highlight the importance of continued education and development in the UK workplace.
The scheme, which is run by Campaign for Learning and takes place from October 5th to 11th, is driven by the ethos that ‘effective learning leads to change, development and the desire to learn more’. It’s a value that is shared by leading commercial roofing contractor, BriggsAmasco, which employs a number of apprentices and is committed to supplying the tools to support professionally-led staff training programmes.
Steph Palmer, Training Officer at BriggsAmasco, said: “Initiatives such as Learning at Work Week are really important. They highlight the fact that learning is for everyone, no matter an employee’s age or experience. The construction industry is continually evolving, therefore it is vital companies and their staff are able to keep abreast of new products, systems and practices.”
BriggsAmasco currently employs nine apprentices, seven of which will shortly achieve an NVQ Level 2 in roofing, a qualification that leads to a CSCS ‘blue card’ and allows the holder access to building sites across the UK. The additional trainee is gaining hands-on experience whilst working towards a quantity surveying degree apprenticeship at Leeds University, whilst another is serving an SVQ Level 3 Procurement apprenticeship.
The company is also enrolling more experienced staff on the NFRC’s RoofCERT scheme. Aimed at roofers with a minimum of three years in the industry, upon completion candidates will gain a national roofing accreditation as a visible means of their skills and experience.
As well as helping advance employees’ professional advancement, in 2017 BriggsAmasco implemented a programme related to personal wellbeing. Its mental health awareness training, which is due to be rolled out across the entire company, will help staff recognise signs of mental stress symptoms in themselves and colleagues.
With the coronavirus crisis continuing to have a devastating effect on the UK economy as well as people’s health, the need to take matters of the mind more seriously in relation to employees is gaining increasing acceptance throughout the building trade as a whole.
BriggsAmasco is also exploring the idea of introducing a ‘psychometric tools’ programme, a character analysis initiative to help staff gain a better understanding of each other in order to create a happier, more productive working environment.
Steph Palmer said the company’s mind awareness programmes had been well received by staff, who had bought into the idea that work could be mentally and physically challenging. “The feedback has been excellent,” she said. “The first stage of the programme involved our directors and branch managers gaining a mental health first aid qualification. The next phase will see us roll this out to all our operatives around the country. The reaction from staff has been one of pleasant surprise, with a general census being that mental health wasn’t necessarily something they’d thought about before, but were now a lot more thoughtful in their responses to mind-related issues.”
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The diligence and expertise displayed by the UK’s leading national commercial roofing company, BriggsAmasco, has earned the company an IKO Contractor Recognition Award.
The contest, which is open to contractors nationwide, recognises ‘astonishing’ projects and excellent workmanship. BriggsAmasco’s award was due to roof waterproofing work carried out at Brighton College, and a voluntary programme it completed at Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey. As well as winning a trophy, the company is now in the running for IKO’s Contractor of the Year Award.
Dave Maginnis, Managing Director at BriggsAmasco, said: “This is magnificent news. The award is testament to our brilliant onsite engineers and the talents of everyone who makes a day-to-day contribution to the company’s success. We are one very proud team.”
IKO judges praised BriggsAmasco for the ‘excellent’ quality of its work at Brighton College. The project, designed by award-winning Dutch architect, OMA, involved the supply and installation of waterproofing and finishes to a new sports and science facility. The £38m state-of-the-art centre will provide a world-class training environment, making a transformational difference to school life for generations to come.
BriggsAmasco was also commended for its voluntary work, as well as its ‘approach to training, safety and sustainability’ at Frimley Park Hospital. Working in conjunction with other trades, the community project saw Briggs’ staff toiling during their free time to help transform the hospital’s gardens. Overall, judges proclaimed BriggsAmasco’s award entry as ‘high-quality’ and ‘compelling’.
The inaugural IKO Contractor Awards, during which the overall winner will be announced, is due to take place in London next year.
Dave Maginnis added: “I’d like to say a personal ‘thank you’ to our staff, all of whom have contributed to this fantastic achievement. Praise also for IKO. The awards are a brilliant initiative and do much to publicise the wonderful work carried out by roofing contractors throughout the UK.”
The UK’s leading national commercial roofing company, BriggsAmasco has developed an app which enables instantaneous processing of on-site reports.
The function means issues relating to health and safety or potential impediments to a project’s progress can be recorded and addressed far more rapidly.
The mobile app, which was developed in conjunction with a leading software company, is accessed via tablets which have been distributed to all BriggsAmasco on-site staff.
Dave Maginnis, Managing Director at BriggsAmasco, said: “The app has proved itself an incredibly useful tool. Compared to written reports, which can take two or three days to complete following a site visit, this new process is instantaneous. As long as there’s a WI-FI signal, reports can be digitally signed-off and sent without delay. These can then be circulated internally, or externally to customers.”
Dave said the ability to include photographs as part of the digital reporting package will help speed-up response times to on-site issues and offset potential project delays.
“Featuring pictures as part of a progress report enables potentially problematic situations to be easily referenced off site,” he said. “These can then be addressed quickly and effectively. Additionally, photos can clearly highlight how well a particular detail is progressing, thus providing real clarity for a contractor or client about a project’s current position.”
The on-site reporting app’s evolution will soon enable videos to be uploaded and distributed amongst interested parties. Dave said such innovation will lead to smarter working practices.
“With the addition of video capability, we’re thinking as more companies take on board the app idea; it will be seen as a far more convenient way to carry-out reports. This could lead to a reduction in site visits by other interested parties involved in a project, as all the information they need regarding its progress will be available at the touch of a button. This will help promote a more productive way of working, as well as enhance a project’s sustainable credentials.”
“The app keeps BriggsAmasco ahead of the competition,” Dave continued.
“It’s been particularly well received by contractors we’ve been involved with on projects. For instance, a main contractor on one scheme we were working on called a meeting with the other trades and told them our digital reports were the type of information they wanted to see. ‘Please use this as your template’, they told them. It was a fantastic compliment, and precisely the sort of response we anticipated when we began researching the app’s capability more than two years ago.”
BriggsAmasco was responsible for the installation of waterproofing and finishes to roof areas at a new sports and science facility at Brighton College. We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Bituminous Hot Applied Liquid Waterproofing category at the NFRC Roofing Awards for the project. The workmanship was underpinned throughout by a superb collaborative working relationship between BriggsAmasco, OMA, IKO and McLaren Construction Group. We’re looking forward to celebrating at the awards ceremony on 2nd October at the InterContinental London with everyone involved!
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