We care about helping our employees to achieve their goals and recognise that we rely on their skills, knowledge and commitment to enhance and improve the service we deliver to our military community.
In our housing contract we’re continuing with our improvement journey, following our recent Kaizen Blitz sessions, by providing our people with the opportunity to take part in a 13 month apprenticeship programme designed to equip delegates with the skills needed to effectively improve the quality, cost and delivery of our contracts.
The initiative is proving to be a great success with ten of our employees currently halfway through their apprenticeship programme. Once completed, they’ll achieve a nationally recognised Apprenticeship NVQ level 2 qualification, supporting Amey’s long-term apprentice strategy.
During their learning journey, our people are gaining a number of new skills which include problem solving, visual management systems, an enhanced awareness of health and safety and an overall knowledge of lean business improvement and how to implement it into their daily roles.
As well as developing their skill set, the programme has also increased their sense of value by empowering them to make better decisions, identify different and better ways of doing things and to embrace change. And they’re about to put these skills into practice by embarking on their own business improvement projects over the next few months.
Kevin Corbyn, our Contracts Quality Manager, said “The course is giving me the opportunity to work closely with other employees from different areas of the business and to understand how their view of Amey may differ from mine. This has promoted the ‘one-team’ culture that we are striving for and allowed for a more engaging relationship where we all work together to make improvements for the benefit of our customers.”
Megan Smith, our Technical Compliance Team Manager, added “As a relatively new manager, I’ve found it really beneficial to learn about lean competencies and I’m making sure I share everything I learn with my team so they can also develop their improvement techniques. With the practical side of the course approaching, I’m looking forward to producing a successful project relating to the compliance side of the business that will have a positive effect on the contract.”
We’re now looking into the possibility of opening up places for our second Lean Apprenticeship programme with the proposal to extend the invite to Amey colleagues in our Regional Prime contracts so we can share best practice effectively to improve our performance across the whole organisation.
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