Investing in people is key to the success of Telford Homes.
We will support business growth by recruiting, retaining, engaging and developing the best people, ensuring our solutions drive performance and enable effective change.
We recognise that our employees are the key to our success and we make it our priority to appreciate and value them. We do this by using our family feel to create a strong, supportive and successful team, ensuring everyone is motivated, well developed, respected and rewarded for their contribution and commitment.
On a daily basis we currently have an average of 930 people on our sites and at head office. Of these 230 are directly employed whilst the remaining 700 are employed by our subcontractors.
Our key aims and achievements
Training and development
Over the last year we have enhanced our Management Trainee Scheme, including appointing a dedicated Learning and Development Manager (LDM). Our LDM is working with each trainee to ensure they receive the best possible training and support throughout their programme enabling them to become well rounded and competent professionals.
We have also focused on the ability of our managers to look after their teams. This has involved informal coaching and introducing specific management programmes as we look to create a more structured development framework.
In addition to providing our employees with the right skills, we are working to support the skills shortage in the wider industry by encouraging our subcontractors to offer apprenticeships, as well as partnering with local authorities, such as through Skillsmatch in Tower Hamlets, to offer opportunities to local young people.
Recruitment and retention
We have grown our workforce over the last 12 months in keeping with the growth of Telford Homes. In particular we have strengthened our Pre-Construction and Commercial teams and invested heavily in our Senior Managers with a number of key promotions during the year.
Staff retention remains strong with only 10% of employees becoming unplanned leavers in the year. Nearly 60% of our staff have been with the Company for more than 4 years and over 25% have been with us for more than 10 years.
We were pleased to be in the top 50 employers in the Building Magazine ‘Good Employer Guide 2015’ and our focus in the next few months is to introduce our own staff survey to understand where we can improve our employees day to day lives.
Our stand out benefits are those that offer staff the opportunity to build long term wealth and a stable future for themselves and their families. We offer a share incentive scheme that gives employees the opportunity to invest in Telford Homes shares and, if they do, we match their investment. We also offer a non-contributory pension scheme, thus ensuring that everyone is investing in their future.