Here at Millcroft, we are committed to the training and continued development of our staff, meaning every member of our team has a personal training plan. Our Kickstarters are no exception to this and as part of their six-month induction period, they will participate in a plethora of training sessions at our in-house CITB Site Safety Plus-approved centre.
Protecting our employees is of paramount importance, as well as cultivating a dedicated and skilled workforce, so inspite of the industry problem of reluctance to invest in training for fear of ‘employee poaching’, Millcroft is dedicated to working against this. Not only do we hold an impressive array of awards and training accreditaions, we also have an excellent staff retention and satisfaction rate, which we believe is due to our ability to play to the strengths of each one of our team members, constantly striving to better ourselves and each other, in order to deliver the high standard of work we are known for.
Arguably, one of the most vital training sessions we run is First Aid. In an industry where there is a high risk of harm to workers, having as many certified First Aiders on site as possible not only limits this risk but also can save lives. The reassurance that should the unimaginable happen, plenty of people are able to help, increases the confidence of our workers in their own and their colleagues personal safety as well as our clients’ in our commitment to Health and Safety best practice. Data shows that around 58% of workplace fatalities could have been prevented had First Aid been administered, as a victim’s chance of survival falls by 10% every minute they do not receive CPR.
Recently, Mike Wright, our Head of Group HSEQ, led an TQUK Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work training session, achieving a 100% pass rate for all our trainees. The course covered: managing an unresponsive casualty, CPR, choking, wounds, bleeding and minor injuries. All of our trainees rated the course and course delivery a full 5/5 (or Excellent) and thoroughly enjoyed the day, finding it not only extremely useful and important but also “engaging and eye opening”. This is of course much due to our excellent teacher - who delivers consistently effective teaching programmes - as well as our enthusiastic trainees, keen to learn and get all they can out of this experience.
Far from using the Kickstart scheme as six months of free labour, Millcroft is utilising this invaluable opportunity to train up the next generation of scaffolders and at the same time bring fresh talent to an ageing industry. In this way, training for our Kickstarters and staff is an investment rather than an expense, as anything spent is returned many times over with our workforce’s expertise and dedication.
We are extremely proud of all of our newest First Aiders, and grateful to the rest of #TeamMillcroft’s devotion to achieving the highest standards. We know we are safe in your hands.