Employees at building materials company, CEMEX UK, are leading the way in operational training for the sector, with more than 85% of operational staff undertaking training at any one time.
Since introducing National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in 2002, CEMEX employees have achieved nearly 2,200 qualifications, a record 651 qualifications in the past academic year alone.
The drive to improving people's skills on the job and creating a flexible workforce of world-class standard is helping CEMEX to maintain competitiveness and will assist in meeting Government targets around skills shortages in the construction industry.
CEMEX UK is committed to ensuring that its workforce is safe and fully trained by 2010. The NVQ training scheme is a key element in delivering on this target. NVQs are work-related competence-based qualifications primarily aimed at operational colleagues, such as process plant operators.
The success of the NVQ scheme has resulted in qualifications now being offered to 10 different areas related to the business, including regulation, processing and waste management.
There is clear evidence that CEMEX's NVQ programme has led to improvements, particularly in four key areas, including health & safety, legal compliance and auditing, morale and confidence building and careers flexibility.
While NVQ training has contributed to improvements in overall safety within CEMEX, resulting in a 56% drop in lost time injuries from 2006-2007 and 92% improvement over the past four years, training has also helped to ensure that colleagues are more aware of the importance of legal compliance, which means that record keeping and auditing have been improved.
Colleagues, who previously had no formal education, gain recognised qualifications which reflect their skills, knowledge, and most importantly, demonstrate their competence to do a job well.
It also boosts morale and confidence, and motivates colleagues to seek additional qualifications. This year, it is anticipated that over 400 CEMEX colleagues will complete NVQ courses. A dedicated vocational training team is on hand and is extending the menu of NVQs available alongside other types of training, including technical and product training, management development, IT skills and e-learning options.
The NVQ programme is part of CEMEX's commitment to its workforce, which also encompasses the Skills Pledge, a voluntary, public assurance to support employees to develop their basic skills, including literacy and numeracy, and work towards relevant, valuable qualifications to at least Level 2 (equivalent to 5 good GCSEs).
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CEMEX is a global building materials company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK with over 500 locations, to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally. For more information, see www.cemex.co.uk or www.cemex.com.