Career Development

At Byrne Group we believe in providing opportunities for the development of our workforce.

We are committed to providing the resources and environments, for learning and creativity, to assist everyone to achieve the highest standards of performance, and to inspire innovation, across all our offices, yards and projects.

We take pride in investing in our staff, making a significant financial investment in education and training year on year.

With a strong CIOB Training Partnership across the Group, we know our people have a deep understanding of their discipline and a good knowledge of their related fields. Our commitment to investing in training and education has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel development (CIPD) with an award for our learning and development programme.

We also want to bring our supply chain along with us on this journey, as demonstrated through previous programmes such as Byrne Group’s National Skills Academy for Construction status, a programme which has benefits including the up-skilling of subcontractors.

Our vision is to leave behind not only a completed structure, but a long lasting positive impact on the communities which neighbour our projects.

We endeavour to create a legacy for local communities by creating career opportunities, including access to training and up-skilling qualifications, that help local people become more employable and skilled as a result of engaging with our project.

National Skills Academy for Construction

In 2012, Byrne Group was granted National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) status, a programme based training concept which encourages principal contractors to engage in an innovative and collaborative way to deliver training and up-skilling opportunities across their supply chain.

This dynamic approach of creating dialogue between principal contractors and subcontractors results in up-skilling and training opportunities being provided. The approach also engenders a positive relationship where subcontractors have access to an on-site resource to source training information and funding knowledge.

NSAfC works by principal contractors setting themselves a challenging yet achievable set of key performance indicators (KPIs). These targets include engagement with education providers, creating local employment opportunities and the up-skilling of the current and new workforce. During three years, the Byrne Group Skills Academy achieved an impressive set of outcomes:

We met 96% of our set KPIs for the 3-year programme, overachieving in the majority of those KPIs.

We received a special commendation award from Women into Construction for the opportunities provided to the charity.

We formed relationships with nine schools, a college and local universities.

We set up, and maintained, a successful apprenticeship scheme, and have recruited 39 apprentices since 2013.

We started 38 subcontractors on an NVQ, 72% above the target.

We provided 272 short courses for our supply chain, over four times more than we planned.

We provided 43 work experience placements for students aged 16 +, and graduates.

Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Centre

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is a nationally recognised card scheme, acknowledged by industry, for those involved in plant operations. In 2014, Byrne Group’s training centre, in south London, became an accredited CPCS training centre, meaning we are able to deliver our own training for specific plant categories.

New Technical and Professional Apprenticeship Standards for Construction Management

Byrne Bros. was part of the consortium that designed the 10 New Higher Apprenticeships standards with the support of the Chartered Institute of Building, Institution of Civil Engineers, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

These apprenticeships allow individuals to complete a degree with a professional qualification whilst working and getting paid. The new Trailblazer higher level and degree level apprenticeships will be in the following five disciplines.

Level 6 standards as follows:

Building Services Engineering Site Management

Civil Engineering Site Management

Construction Design Management

Construction Management

Construction Quantity Surveyor 

Setting new Trailblazer Apprenticeship Level 2 standards

Byrne Bros. is working with major contractors and professional bodies to develop a plan to convert existing apprenticeship frameworks and to develop new standards as requested by employers. This is a result of the government’s reforms which require employer groups to develop new apprenticeship standards and assessment plans. The process involves creating / submitting new standards, assessment plans and funding schedules to Government, Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Business Innovation and Skills Department (BIS).

As a leading concrete frame contractor, Byrne Bros. took the initiative and put together a development group that consists of 10 employers, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and CONSTRUCT, the concrete structure trade association, to focus on the development of a New Formworking Apprenticeship Trailblazer Standard. This development is at an early stage and is expected to be introduced in 2018.

Employer Ownership of Skills (EOS)

Byrne Bros. is part of a CITB consortium which secured funding through the Employer Ownership of Skills (EOS) Round 2 bid. EOS is a government funded scheme that enables employers to propose up-skilling solutions that will benefit the industry. By the end of September 2016, we will have trained more than 150 Byrne Bros. employees through the EOS scheme.

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