A former construction industry professional is now a director of a successful organisation, delivering great results back to the sector. 

James Staines (pictured) and his co-founding director started Project Control Tools in Gateshead out of frustration of working in the industry.  They have developed easy to use applications that collected data from construction sites.  This data allows their clients to make better , data driven decision and improve business practices.  James has been supported in his role with management training delivered by Gateshead Council learningSkills.  He is now part of a cohort of learners on the Operations / Departmental Manager Apprenticeship Standard Level 5 (leadership & management).

Apprenticeships are no longer viewed as only relevant for school leavers and James is a great example of senior employees and operators who are enrolling to government funded on the job training.   James commented ‘This apprenticeship has given me the skills and confidence to achieve challenging organisational objectives.’ 

James and Fin Gregory started Project Control Tools knowing that construction projects can be managed much more effectively and efficiently through the implementation of technology.  ‘I wanted to further develop my skills to manage the operations and this training fitted perfectly in building up knowledge and developing practical skills to help me and the organisation succeed’. 

James will be on the program for 24 months which includes one classroom-based session every 4 weeks.  Learners take the skills from the classroom into the workplace to manage people and projects and deliver results. James commented, ‘When we started developing our products, we had little or no structure managing projects. I used the skills I learnt to understand how to manage our key products.  We now deliver consistently successful sprints for our clients, resulting in increased sales for corporate clients.  We now have a much more enhanced reputation. ‘

If you are an employer looking to improve the skills of your management or middle management team, or you want to improve your own skills we can help.   Our leadership & management level 5 program is currently 95% funded by the government.  For more information call our Business Development Team on 0191 433 8727 or email training@gateshead.gov.uk