Training for the future
Providing high quality landscaping demands highly skilled professional operatives, and at Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd the training and development of all our personnel is continually monitored and updated as part of our on-going training programme.
Continual development in construction skills ensures the competence of our managers and operatives. We also carry out a training passport scheme for all internal training carried out by Frosts. The list below illustrates some of the training undertaken and is by no means exhaustive.
- All operatives have CSCS qualifications.
- Managers and Supervisors also have SSSTS & SMSTS.
- The majority of Managers, Supervisors and Operatives have also received Behavioural Safety training.
- All machinery operatives are CPCS certificated.
- Our foremen have undergone extensive training in conjunction with our Suppliers on plant handling, transportation, and storage onsite with particular emphasis on large trees.
- Where, possible Industrial training is given.
- Weekly Tool Box Talks.
- Awareness training at induction.
- Daily Activities Briefs prior to any work commencing.
- Manual Handling and Safety awareness.
- Best Practice approach includes CPCS, CSCS, IPAF, PASMA, NPORS, NPTC, LANTRA.
The SHEQ Team
The Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality team is headed by David Perry our Group Operations Director; Ian Hunter, Senior SHEQ Manager and Justin Crook, SHEQ Manager.
As a SHEQ Manager within Frosts we are proud to see Ian Hunter receive his diploma in Occupational Safety and Health Practice (GradIOSH). You are given two years to complete the course, but Ian who is never one to hang around completed it in one year. This will enable Ian to become a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH), which he intends to complete later in 2014.
Back to School
To maintain standards, Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd have sent some of their Chargehands and Managers back to School. Primarily for the Grounds Maintenance department, the 15 ‘part-time’ students meet every Thursday (Feb - Aug 14), to raise their horticultural knowledge.
The course is run by a lecturer from Moulton College and is based on a RHS Level 2 and covers such things as:
• Plant Identifications (Latin names, Genus, Species etc.)
• Ground Conditions
• Soil Structure (improvement, nutrition etc.)
• Pruning Techniques
• Fine Turf Care
• Tree Care (including roots)
• Weed Control Methods
• Pest & Diseases
• Health & Safety
Frosts have one apprentice who had just finished his apprenticeship and has become a permanent member of staff. We are looking to take on one or two more apprentices this year, one of which will be for a project in London. Frosts welcome and abide by any contractual requirement to take on additional apprentices for any project.
See Frosts' apprentice Keith Gordon talking about his time on the Olympic Park (4:05 into video).