A leading North East civil engineering firm is preparing the foundations for its own future by choosing the next generation of managers to take the business forward.
A number of staff working at all levels across the Owen Pugh Group – which has a base on Riverside Park in Middlesbrough – have received tailored training from a Stockton-based firm to help them develop as decision-makers.
Owen Pugh ran the course, supplied by KT Associates, for the first time last year and the latest tranche of 14 staff have just started one day per month of training for the next year.
Ten of the candidates are working towards a valuable BTEC Diploma in leadership with four undergoing the training element.
One of the people chosen by Owen Group chairman John Dickson as one of his rising stars is submissions and marketing co-ordinator Erin McGowran, who is looking forward to the challenge.
“I’m planning a long-term career with Owen Pugh, so I was really pleased to be part of this latest intake on the programme,” she said.
“It’s a great opportunity to learn management skills that I hope to put into practice as I develop within the business.”
Mr Dickson said: “We have a proud record of continually investing in our staff and we see this as the next logical stage of that development.
“We are in our 70th year now and we have been able to offer our customers a particularly high level of service throughout that time because we have had the right people in the right positions from top to bottom of our organisation.
“With our rate of growth, it becomes increasingly important to plan ahead as far as possible and these managers will help us do that as efficiently as possible.”
KT Associates is also working with Owen Pugh to create and deliver a number of other training programmes including a Senior Management Programme which is also underway.
Owen Pugh employs more than 420 staff and offers full service civil engineering solutions across the North East and Yorkshire in a huge range of sectors.
These include road and bridge construction, ports, harbours and sea defences, industrial facilities and office parks as well as urban renewal and environmental improvements, land reclamation, remediation and environmentally sensitive schemes.
In addition to its two Dudley premises, it also operates from Blaydon, Middlesbrough and Marsden Quarry near Sunderland.
It started the latest financial year with a revamped business structure, marking a new phase of growth by establishing Owen Pugh Civil Engineering and Owen Pugh Services as divisions to incorporate all of the company’s civil engineering operations and associated services.