Chairman’s Introduction

The Oxfordshire Construction Training Group exists solely for the benefit of its Member companies.  They are our raison d’être and supporting them with their training and development needs is the focal point of all that we do.

We currently have a membership of approximately 40 Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and North Berkshire based companies who between them cover a broad spectrum of construction industry specialities.  The majority are SMEs and typically do not have the luxury of a dedicated in-house training department.

In such circumstances our highly experienced Group Training Officer, David Holbrook, will freely offer his services to identify training & development needs, devise a training plan, recommend appropriate training provision and advise on relevance of Grant potential.  This relationship is seen as an invaluable resource, especially for those companies whose attention could easily be concentrating more on ever-pressing day-to-day business matters.

Accordingly, we strive to focus on building relationships with the Members offering a service delivery tailored to suit their individual holistic business needs, therefore maximising tangibility of the benefits likely to be accrued.

Our close relationship with the CITB allows us to ensure that our members are fully appraised of any developments/changes to Grant Schemes, Apprenticeship initiatives and various training initiatives.

The construction industry is one of the highest risk industries in the UK, accounting for 26% of fatal injuries for workers (2017/18 RIDDOR), despite only employing 5% of the British workforce. It is understandable therefore that Health & Safety competency is of the utmost importance across all levels of the construction services supply chain.  Contractors will continue to face ever increasing demands for fully carded and certified site staff.

The OCTG actively encourages its Members  to look not only at the standard H&S courses (SMSTS, SSSTS,  Asbestos Awareness, Mobile Towers, Scaffolding, Plant, First Aid etc.) but to take a more progressive view on the benefits of the continuing professional development of all staff.  Consequently we offer a range of other courses covering management learning & development, Contract Law and HR related disciplines.

The Group continues to work on building relationships with training providers negotiating the best possible rates for our membership across a range of training courses.

We meet 3 times a year providing a forum for Members to discuss any training issues and ongoing requirements.  Meetings offer an excellent opportunity to network with likeminded contractors, sell their services, and a chance to liaise with representatives from CITB, preferred training providers, the local Colleges and invited Advocate Speakers.

We always welcome enquiries and applications to join the Group, including those from the allied trades, and look forward to talking to all prospective member organisations on how we might help them satisfy their training and development requirements.

Duncan Armstrong
Fergal Contracting Company Limited, Standlake

OCTG Chairman

“The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay”.

Henry Ford, Founder, Ford Motor Company