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Recognition for investment in management skills

ECA president, Diane Johnson recently presented the first of 16 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) awards to four southern delegates of the Association's Management Development programme. The programme was launched in June, following the ECA's approval as a CMI registered centre.

Commenting on the funded development programme, Diane said: "We want member companies of all sizes to have the best support and assistance to help them thrive in the long term. The success and impact of this programme relies on companies recognising the value of investing their time and commitment into it, and I am delighted that four ECA firms have had the foresight to do that."

Rob Woodland of J.R. Pridham Services, Reading, was presented with a CMI Level 3 Introductory Certificate in Management and CMI Level 2 Introductory Certificates in Team Leading were awarded to Steve Hart of R.T. Harris & Son (Electrical Contractors), Oxford; Gareth Brown of Abel Alarm Company, Reading; and Craig Walker of Walker Electrical Services (UK), Portsmouth.

Carl Meason, Operations Manager at Abel Alarms Communications and Monitoring Centre said: "At Abel we are extremely grateful, as members of the Electrical Contractors' Association, for the opportunity to invest in our people by utilising the management training programme. One of our candidates, Gareth Brown, has gained invaluable skills that have instantly made a positive impact to our business. Importantly, the programme has helped establish personal confidence in his ability to supervise and has given him skills that are already being put to great use in one of our branches."

Designed specifically to focus on the needs of building services companies, the programme was co-developed by the ECA and HR specialists Jaluch. As well as being a means for sector employers to unlock additional leadership potential of staff from technical backgrounds, it aims to provide employees with a career development path.

The ECA hopes the programme will incentivise many companies to plan for the future by identifying potential management personnel within their own firms and giving them the opportunity to acquire formal management knowhow.

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