Six young staff members at East Anglian independent builders merchants Kent Blaxill have received certificates for their first level of management training.
The certificates were for the Institute of Learning and Manage ment (ILM) Level 3 award in First Line Management.
Simon Blaxill, Kent Blaxill’s managing director, presented the awards in front of directors, students and the students’ managers.
The students comprised four from the Colchester branch: Laura Bridge, lightside/decorating; Michael Andrews, internal sales team; David Hobrough, heavyside and Paul Meek, glazier, plus Shane Artingstall from the Norwich branch and Jonathan Harman of the Bury St Edmunds branch.
The ILM Level 3 qualification is specially designed to give aspiring first line managers a solid foundation in their formal development as a manager. The qualification gives an introduction to the basic skills, knowledge, and understanding required in management.
The ILM training continued while the staff members were gaining hands-on experience in their own particular jobs. Each module consisted of a half-day workshop followed by an assignment. The assignments were based on the students’ workplace experiences.
Kent Blaxill’s human resources manager David Plowman said: “The students, who work in a number of areas and in different branches within Kent Blaxill, had to put in a lot of time and effort into the course and are to be congratulated on their achievement. It is hoped that the students will progress to the next stage of the qualification.”