Eleven delegates from six OCTG Member Companies are now back on familiar territory – having recently joined forces to try their hand at ‘running’ a firm from out of the area as part of a fascinating training exercise.
Representatives of Stuart Barr, BHL Builders, Fergal Contracting, Maylarch Environmental, Barr Joinery and Barr Kitchens spent two full-on but rewarding days in November at an Oxford hotel to complete a course run by the CITB’s National Construction College tutors Liz Burnett and Bob Cleveland.
The aim of the exercise was to provide participants with an understanding of the skill sets needed to successfully lead and manage within the business environment – and the method used was ‘Strategy’, a computer-based management development programme based on an actual, medium-sized construction company in the south-west of England.
Working in teams, the delegates – mainly construction managers and supervisors – were tasked with obtaining work for ‘their’ company (bidding and marketing) in a competitive atmosphere while taking responsibility for organisation, staffing, finance and leadership.
Each team, of which there were three, had to run the company for 15 months (five quarters), and at the end of each quarter they had to take decisions on a whole range of issues: from recruitment and salary levels to marking up bids and allocating staff.
Feedback from those attending indicated that, although challenging and well delivered, the course would be particularly valuable to those aspiring to management roles in the construction industry.
Based on this guidance, the Group plans to stage another programme in 2014.