The course brings the best of military experience in planning, decision making and team leadership to a civilian environment, using outdoor training rather than classrooms to reflect the experience of managers working in construction.
The president’s support follows on from the ICE State of the Nation report on Capacity and Skills released in January. While that report focused on the challenges facing the industry, the new training course highlights some of the solutions.
"Civil engineering and construction are vital to society but skills shortages risk delays and escalating costs. ICE believes there are positive steps to be taken to meet this challenge, of which training and development is a vital component. I welcome the innovative approach shown in the Kier Training course at Sandhurst as they develop the managers of the future. Taking the delegates from the classroom to a rugged outdoor environment has really helped bring the training to life," said Orr.
Talking about the training programme, Kier Learning and Development manager Mel Lake commented: "Kier’s training and development team has won some of the most prestigious training awards in the industry over the last three years and this particular programme represents one element of the exemplary best practice undertaken by Kier.
"We have developed this programme at Sandhurst as a bespoke exercise for developing Kier’s management staff at both the start of their management career (the First Line Managers Development Programme) and at this more senior level (the Operational Managers Development Programme) as an exciting, pragmatic and very rewarding experience for all involved."