Rotherham business applies to regional skills scheme, invests in staff

Horbury Group's Rotherham HQ

A Rotherham business serving the construction industry is investing in skills after securing running from the Sheffield City Region Skills Bank.

Horbury Group – which consists of eight companies providing a national service to the construction industry – is running a bespoke management development programme after applying to the regional skills scheme.

So far, 38 staff have completed one or more modules on a training programme that is managed and delivered by The Sheffield College. The course module subjects include leadership and management, communication and interpersonal skills and time management.

Noel Taylor, Head of Quality and Learning at Horbury Group, said: “Keeping pace with business demands can be a tough ask for any manager. We are confident that the programme has enabled our staff to reflect on their managerial style and enhanced their skillset.”

He added: “Our application for funding went through very quickly and we were very pleased to receive 50% support for the programme which is now halfway through. The selection of employees to attend the programme was based on the individuals’ skills needs.”

Andrew Hartley, Commercial Director at The Sheffield College, added: “We help employers get the training and skills they need for growth and I am delighted that the bespoke Sheffield City Region Skills Bank programme we are providing for Horbury is a success.”

Horbury provides construction solutions to developers, building owners and main contractors and employs around 1,200 workers nationwide.

Sheffield City Region Skills Bank provides employers with access to high quality training and funding and matches private sector investment with public funding to help businesses invest in their workforce and improve productivity.