Supervisors tap in to top training

Willmott Dixon trainded leaders, from left, Andrew Thwaites, Stuart Witty, Brian Johnston and Stuart McDonald
Willmott Dixon trainded leaders, from left, Andrew Thwaites, Stuart Witty, Brian Johnston and Stuart McDonald

LEADERSHIP training is being offered to employees at one of Scarborough’s largest maintenance contractors.

Willmott Dixon Partnerships is investing in leadership training in a bid to produce skilled managers and quality service for local authorities’ housing services and their tenants.

The company has supported five local supervisors to gain Level 2 certificates in Team Leading from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Brian Johnston, Stuart McDonald, Andy Thwaites, Stuart John Witty and David Michael Haldenby all took part in the training as a result of the company’s partnership with the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians.

Candidates had previously successfully completed a nine month course at Willmott Dixon’s own ‘Supervisors’ Academy’ to gain an internally recognised qualification in team leading.

Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Partnerships, Mick Williamson, said: “Our company is committed to recruiting from the local area wherever possible and leaving a lasting legacy in the communities in which we work.

“Ensuring our team leaders have the skills required to teach the next generation of tradesmen is vital for the development of the individual and the long-term health of our business.

“The better equipped our supervisors are, the more we can guarantee that the level of quality we strive for is maintained and passed down to the less experienced members of the team for the benefit of our client and their customers.”

Newly qualified Mr McDonald said: “I started at Willmott Dixon four years ago and since then I have gained a range of qualifications.

“I enjoy the courses so I put myself forward for most of them but there is certainly encouragement from Willmott Dixon to develop as an employee.

“The training has put me in good stead for dealing with a number of issues that can occur amongst the employees and I feel well equipped for any situation thanks to the training I have received.”

Willmott Dixon Partnerships currently works with Yorkshire Coast Homes on a £3.2 million contract to repair and maintain 4,500 homes in Scarborough and Whitby.

The company provides services within the built environment to Government, registered social landlords, local authorities and private sector clients throughout the UK.