National housebuilder Bovis Homes has launched a new dedicated staff training centre at its Thames Valley regional headquarters in Reading.
The Bovis Homes Training Centre, which was officially opened by chief executive Greg Fitzgerald, will act as a focal point for learning and development initiatives delivered by the company for its staff, who work across eight operating regions and more than 100 sites around the country.
Discussing the new centre, Bovis Homes head of talent Roger Morton said: “This is an exciting step for Bovis Homes and is a real commitment to the development of our people and to our goal of delivering the very best quality homes and service to our customers.
“It is rare in the construction industry for businesses to have dedicated facilities like this, but we believe it is an investment that will serve us and our staff well going forward.”
The training centre will host a range of staff development programmes including company inductions, IT training and a range of customer service courses, as well as Health and Safety and CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) accredited courses. It will also be used to offer training to contractor partners as part of a wider company initiative to fully engage with the construction supply chain.
The centre can host as many as 24 delegates at a time, and is equipped with the latest interactive technology including Microsoft Surface Hubs, designed to encourage collaborative working.
“Bovis Homes has a proud history of supporting and training our people, going right back to 1936 when the Bovis School of Building was set up, taking one hundred trade apprentices and management trainees,” said Morton.
“We still offer opportunities to apprentices today and this latest initiative will ensure that we will continue to bring on talent to support the building of the quality new homes that this country needs.”