Committed People

Committed to providing individual development opportunities

Training at Beard is viewed very positively, with a range of mandatory H&S training, BTEC, NVQs and/or a degree being accessible across the business functions.  We look to ensure that you continue to develop whether you are a trainee plasterer or director.  All are encouraged to take control of their own personal development and progression within the company.  In doing so you have the full support of line and senior managers to achieve your goals and progress within the company.

Capabilities and expertise of employees

 This is assessed by your line manager as part of your ongoing performance management. It is important that you focus on your own performance and where you would like to see your career heading.  All job descriptions have a ‘Competency Matrix’ this provides a framework to move from effective to expert performer within your role.

We develop a minimum achievement level of H&S training for each role within the company, and staff receive at least this level of  training which helps to maintain training momentum.

Continuous Professional Development

 You will be set objectives at the start of a year, which are monitored through performance management discussions, and linked to monetary performance bonuses and construction training to facilitate your role on site.

Academic training is also encouraged at all levels to enable further development of staff and their contribution to the business.  Many of our craftsmen have taken NVQ’s in site supervision and plant which has helped a number of them to progress from the trades to working foremen to site/project managers.

Staff awards

 We hold staff awards each year at our annual communications event.  Staff are nominated by their peers/managers over a broad spectrum of categories as having excelled in what they have achieved in their day to day role.  These awards are linked to the company values of:

Friendly

Efficient

Committed

Work Experience

We liaise with local schools and often take part in their careers sessions by taking a current trainee and a senior member of staff to show what construction can be like and offer practical advice to students where needed.  We often provide work experience to some of the students who attend these school careers sessions.

Trainee Programme

We take on at least one trainee per year in each office with a programme for development, combining office based, site and college learning.  Trainees gain NVQ 2 and 3 in the relevant craft or ONC and HNC if office based. Trainees enter into an agreement to complete a three or four year programme, dependent on role.  Office trainees spend time in estimating, surveying and project management before specialising in the role that fits best.

Trainee future development/personal development

On completion of your trainee programme you move into a group of employees called ‘supported young people’, as such you continue to have the support network enjoyed as a trainee and to take part in a group developmental session each year covering a specific topic.

Areas covered at this part of this career development will include:

  • Coaching/mentoring
  • Expectation exchange
  •  Giving feedback as part of performance management
  • Open conversation
  • Access to a range of learning, whether internal from colleagues or more structured from an external provider.
  • Opportunity to join rolling programme of stretching development workshops

We want our young people of today to be the managers and leaders of tomorrow.  By committing to them from the start there is every opportunity to help them succeed if that is what they want.

Work Experience

We liaise with local schools and often take part in their careers sessions by taking a current trainee and a senior member of staff to show what construction can be like and offer practical advice to students where needed.  We often provide work experience to some of the students who attend these school careers sessions.

Beard is an equal opportunities employer:  We operate an Equal Opportunities Policy which means that we will not discriminate, directly or indirectly, against people on the grounds of their sex or sexual orientation or on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic origin or religious belief, on the grounds of disability or former disability or on the grounds of age. We will not discriminate in advertising or selecting, or in offering training or benefits and services; every temporary work assignment or permanent vacancy will be open to those who have the required qualifications and skills.

Our People

“It’s been great getting hands-on work experience and being paid for it. I feel that I have gained valuable life skills such as teamwork and genuine work experience that will give me a better chance of securing future employment in the field that I love.”
Lauren Mann, Trainee.

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