ScaffMag gains further insight into overseas training after meeting with Cape Plc in the Middle East.
Continuing with my investigation into the effectiveness of the UK scaffolding training schemes while in the Middle East I managed to share some time with Paul Grant, the Head of Scaffolding In The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia for Cape RB Hilton.
Speaking with Paul in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia I quickly realised Cape Plc are incredibly committed to ensuring that their greatest asset: the people within the business are trained and developed to the highest levels possible to provide their clients with operational excellence.
In the Gulf Region Cape Plc and its subsidiaries are one of the biggest employers of Scaffolders. Currently employing a workforce of over 6,000 in various scaffold related roles.
“The development of our people and our teams is the key to our success within the scaffolding sector. We have seen good growth due to our ability to provide, quality equipment and products delivered by a skilled and professional team. Training is the key to our continued growth in the Region.
‘We will not train people for the sake of training, any Training we provide will be specific to our business plans and will enhance our ability to deliver to our clients and stakeholders.”
“We recognise that the key to increased productivity in our business will come from having high performing Scaffolders qualified to UK and International standards that have been trained to the highest levels in regard to health and safety possible. We are also seeing many of our international and regional clients looking towards UK based accredited skills schemes to prove and demonstrate competency.”
“At Cape we have had a vigorous training regime for some time with schemes such as the CITB NVQ Route as well as CISRS, being in place, across the Region. However some of the existing Training courses that are available need to be tailored to suit the regional requirements of our business and those of our clients.”