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How We Operate

Formed in 2004 to address skills shortages in the construction sector, the initial membership of the group was made up of around 20 companies of varying sizes.
In recent years membership has expanded and now has approximately 50 members consisting of:
- House Builders
- Specialist Contractors
- Building and Civils
- P&D
- Electrical
- Training Providers

The Group operates under the direction of a local industry based Chairperson who is appointed by the Members on an annual basis. A dedicated group training officer is in place, she is responsible for organising training sessions and seminars to meet the current and future development needs of the group members. The Group’s Executive team further consists of an elected Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary.

Each Member company chooses to nominate their own representative, who attends meetings and who would normally coordinate the staff development needs within the organisation. This does not need to be a senior manager, although the representative should be in a position to be able to distribute/direct relevant information throughout the business as a whole.

Group Member representatives are invited to meetings twice per year, one of which is the Annual General Meeting. In addition, extraordinary meetings are convened if and when the need arises. In order to add further value to the process, suitable guest speakers are also invited to make presentations on their specialist subject.

Member companies complete an annual ballot paper to confirm their commitment to maintaining the groups Independent Grant Aided (IGA) status. Subject to 75% of members agreeing to IGA status, the group can apply to be funded for a further year. This ballot will take place in September 2010 ready for the 2010 AGM in October. Ballot Papers can be found in the Members Area of the website.